SWITZERLAND SELF-GUIDED HIKING TOURS

Swiss hiking is the heart of Ryder-Walker. No other company has the decades of experience and personal relationship with the Swiss Alps that we have dedicated much of our lives to cultivating.

Switzerland is also the perfect place to embark on your first self-guided tour as the country offers the best maintained and marked trails in all of the Alps. Ryder Walker offers sixteen unique trekking experiences in Switzerland. The Allegra Engadine, Engadine Summit Series, and Engadine Trek all offer variations of ways to explore the enchanting Engadine Valley – one of the most overlooked hiking gems in the world. Here we also offer our Engadine Winter Holiday, which offers a unique winter snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding experience in the winter wonderland of the Engadine. In the heart of the Swiss Alps, we offer our Tour du Mont Blanc, TMB Vitesse, Hiker’s Haute Route, and Swiss Haute Route Treks, and Secret Swiss Valleys Trek. The TMB treks follow the famous Tour du Mont Blanc around the awe-inspiring Mont Blanc Massif while the Haute Route treks travel over the high mountain passes between Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. The Secret Swiss Valleys trek explores the lesser-known regions in the Swiss Valais – one of the most mountainous cantons in Switzerland. In the stunning Berner Oberland, we run multiple trek variations differing in length and difficulty, The Eiger Trail, The Pastoral Berner Oberland, The Jungfrau Loop, The Berner Oberland Trek, and the Berner Oberland Traverse. All of these routes explore the glaciated valleys high above Bern and visit the Lauterbrunnen – the most dramatic alpine valley in the world. Our Appenzell Hut Hop is a unique trek which explores the isolated Appenzell region – one of the quirkiest and most wild sections of Switzerland. Finally, the Ticino Swiss Lakes District trek explores the bohemian Swiss Lakes District – a favorite vacation destination for both Swiss and international vacationers.

Self Guided Tours: Switzerland

engadine trek

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 16th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This trek follows the length ...

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June-October

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Self Guided Appenzell

Lose yourself in Appenzell, a unique corner of Switzerland where airy mountain trails, punctuated by steel cables and iron pegs to aid the hiker, lead you through a world of striking landforms, traditional Swiss hamlets, and well-appointed mountain houses that are never more than a day’s walk apart. Beginning in the quirky and colorful village of Appenzell, this 6-day point-to-point hiking tour ...

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Late June – October

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Group hiking on the Self-guided Switzerland's Jungfrau Loop

While crossing the mighty Berner Oberland range you traverse high ridges, follow valleys, and climb to a number of high, remote passes. The Berner Oberland Traverse offers glaciers, iconic mountains, and quintessential Swiss scenery. Views of the world famous trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau make for an unforgettable adventure in the Swiss Alps. Our self-guided traverse through Switzerland’s ...

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Late June – Mid September

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Obersteinberg in Switzerland's famed Berner Oberland

Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice-blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of this region. Our self-guided hike through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Trek, is a fabulous introduction to hiking the Alps for ...

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Late June-Mid September

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Eiger Trail

Classic scenery is the hallmark of the Eiger Trail trek that begins in Gstaad and ends in the heart of the beautiful Bernese Oberland, where the famous trio, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, dominates not only the landscape, but also the imagination of the traveler. Most feel this is the Alps’ most classic route. Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, ...

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Late June-Mid September

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August 14-22, 2021

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engadine summit

Feel the burn in your legs as you mountain hop across the undiscovered peaks of eastern Switzerland. Beginning in the picturesque village of Zuoz, you spend eight days summiting the many mid-height, un-glaciated mountain peaks that the Engadine region is famous for. Hike to the mountaintops by day, and bed down in the region’s quintessentially Swiss inns by night. Spend two nights in each location ...

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Late June-Mid September

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August 13-20, 2021

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Hiking the Sciora

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This trek follows the length ...

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June-October

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July 15-22, 2021 & Sept 12-19, 2021

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The Mer de Glace and Mont Blanc above Chamonix, France

This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in western Europe, the Pennine Alps. You hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France beneath the dramatic flanks of Europe’s highest summit, Mont Blanc, ...

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Late June-Mid September

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July 3-14, 2021

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Group hiking on the Self-guided Switzerland's Jungfrau Loop

Moderate inn-to-inn hikes link the fabled villages of the Jungfrau region in this quick tour for those with other stops on their European itinerary. Starting in the the booming alpine center of Interlaken, this loop explores the Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its cascading waterfalls; and visits sleepy Mürren; the busy alpine center of Grindelwald, beneath the impressive north face of the Eiger; as well ...

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Mid June-Mid September

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Berner Oberland

Swiss perfection is embodied in the world famous Jungfrau region, the very heart of the Swiss Alps, and hiking beneath the dramatic glaciated peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau lures mountain enthusiasts from around the world. Picture-perfect views surround you in every direction, and the fabulous system of lifts, cable cars and funiculars make hiking in this lofty region accessible for families ...

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Mid June-Early October

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Bietschhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps.

Quiet valleys with time forgotten chalets, ancient forests, tiny villages and expansive views of the snowy giants of the Swiss Valais penetrate the steep slopes of the Bernese uplands north of the Rhone. These sunny valleys, little known to American tourists, offer some of the most spectacular and undiscovered hiking in the Swiss Alps and reveal to the hiker all of the charms of alpine culture – ...

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July-Mid September

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Self Guided Swiss Haute Route

This self-guided trek links the Swiss villages of the Hiker’s Haute Route, but with simpler logistics, a shorter hiking time, and a grand finish along a high level route into Saas Fee. You will cross the Valais by a number of high passes between small villages with blackened timber houses and slate roofs while enjoying outstanding views of the Pennine Alps, including the Dent Blanche, ...

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Late June-Mid September

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Ascona, Switzerland in the region of Ticino

Ancient villages of stone construction are strung along steep-sided valleys in this Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland: the Ticino. Although once ruled by the Dukes of Milan, the Ticino region still offers quintessential Swiss landscapes. Deeply enfolded pre-Alpine landscapes with many valleys, centuries-old stone villages, and historic mountain pastoral life make Ticino an outstanding hiking ...

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May-October

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Aiguille Chardonnet and Verte

For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limited amount of time, we offer the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means “speed” in French, and this shortened TMB itinerary covers the greatest highlights of our standard itinerary in five hiking days instead of eight. Our abbreviated TMB begins in Courmayeur, Italy, hikes around the east side of Mont Blanc, and finishes ...

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Mid June-Mid September

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Hiking the self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures

Outside Magazine named Ryder-Walker’s trek one of the 25 Best Hikes in the World. Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome of everything that is “alpine” in the Alps, Mont Blanc beckons hikers and climbers from around the globe with its snow-white glaciers, sheer cliff walls, and chalet-studded valleys. To ...

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Mid June-Mid September

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June 23-July 2, 2021

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Self Guided Winter Engadine Trek

Winter. This is the magical time when Switzerland wears her finest clothes. Snowflakes quietly descend upon tranquil storybook villages, the mountain air carries an aroma of hot spiced wine, and jingle bells ring as horse-drawn sleighs carry excited travelers to their cozy mountain homes. This is the season for roasted chestnuts, fireside dinners, and bubbling fondue. Each alpine region celebrates ...

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January-March

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*All prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to change

Travel and the Coronavirus for Ryder-Walker Guests

Ryder-Walker is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and acknowledges that there is growing uncertainty about the safety of traveling right now. Currently, our guided and self-guided treks are on schedule to run. Should travel restrictions be implemented by local or global authorities we will post updates on this link.

For more information please visit the websites of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.