Matterhorn (Village-based hiking/walking tour)
Visit: Kandersteg, Zermatt
Length: 7 days, 6 nights in 3-star hotels
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous, 5-7 hours/day, 1000'-3500' elevation gain/loss
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The Matterhorn region is the classic Swiss hiker's paradise. The village of Zermatt is historic and fun, and the Matterhorn is one of the world's defining mountains, anchoring a region filled with great hikes and jaw-dropping views. On this guided tour we'll spend 4 nights in Zermatt and 2 nights in Kandersteg, a small village in a nearby valley with wonderful hiking opportunities and a gorgeous alpine lake. We'll stay in comfortable and classy 3-star hotels each night, taking 5-7 hour dayhikes during the day.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our hotel - delicious fresh baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives us the energy needed for the upcoming tours. Soon we'll be out on the trail, where you'll get to choose between an easier walk or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you'll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we'll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches - making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps do a bit of shopping in town or relax in our fun hotel pool and spa. After that, we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel or another local restaurant. These are usually multi-course feasts, featuring both local and international specialties like chicken, fish, or cheese fondue. Our hotels enjoy excellent reputations for their fine cuisine. We will leave one night in Zermatt free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
While hiking in Zermatt and Kandersteg, we have literally dozens of hikes to choose from each day. We've described some of our favorite hikes here, but expect your own tour to vary slightly.
Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to our meeting point in Kandersteg. There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Kandersteg (3 hours) will be easy and scenic. We stay in the center of town in a comfortable 3-star hotel. (Hotel Bernerhof, Alfa Soleil or Victoria Ritter)
If you're an independent hiker and prefer to go at your own pace, or have travel dates that don't match up with our guided tours, you may prefer to arrange the Matterhorn tour as a self-guided hiking tour.
This self-guided tour includes prepaid hotels with breakfast each morning and dinners listed above, a Swiss Flexipass railpass for 3 free days of rail travel plus 50% discounts on most other trains and cablecars, hiking maps, detailed route descriptions, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly.
This tour can be customized to fit your needs. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten the tour, upgrade hotels (or go rustic), or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience across the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.