Self-guided Matterhorn (Village-based hiking/walking tour)
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous
The Matterhorn is, quite simply, the most powerful mountain in the Alps and perhaps in the world. Famous for it's graceful and unique form, the Matterhorn attracts hikers, climbers and visitors from all over the world and is exceedingly impressive in person. Zermatt, the car-free village at it's base, is the quintessential mountain town, a hiker's paradise surrounded by dozens of Switzerland's highest peaks, and maintains a rustic alpine charm while offering some highest hotel standards in Switzerland. On this self-guided tour, we've combined 4 nights in Zermatt with 2 nights in nearby Kandersteg, a small, quiet village that offers numerous wonderful hiking opportunities to alpine lakes and through glacier-carved valleys. You'll stay in comfortable and classy hotels in each village, taking 5-7 hour dayhikes each day, and returning to your hotel each evening.
Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel - a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice - which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.
You should finish your hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps settle into the pool, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your room balcony. After that, you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, but may also feature chicken, fish, or other continental specialties. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave one dinner in Kandersteg free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
You'll have many hikes to choose from, but here are some of our favorites:
Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the quiet village of Kandersteg, perhaps with time for a dayhike up to a spectacular emerald-green lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, and glacier-clad peaks. Or just relax in this quiet alpine village. (Kandersteg)
Self-guided Matterhorn tour, details:
Our self-guided prices are per person, based on two people sharing a standard double room, and include:
All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), train schedules, sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip.
Not included are lunches, drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation outside this itinerary. The budget tour does not include dinners at all, and does not include breakfast in Zermatt.
On our deluxe tour, other options include the superb 5-star Riffelalp Resort in the mountains above Zermatt, which would be a memorable upgrade. Ask if you're interested.
If you'd like to lengthen or shorten this tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over Switzerland, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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