A Swiss walk­ing trip,

Tread Alpine mead­ows, snowy peaks and moun­tain vil­lages with Ram­blers Walk­ing Hol­i­days

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Contents -

Switzer­land was made for walk­ing. Breathe in fresh moun­tain air, stroll across wild­flower-dot­ted Alpine mead­ows and gaze up at snow-dusted peaks – these are land­scapes that are best ex­plored on foot. And who bet­ter to help you ex­plore them than the ex­perts at Ram­blers Walk­ing Hol­i­days, who have teamed up with the Swiss Tourist Board to of­fer you the chance to win a place on one of their Alpine hik­ing trips.

Alpine ad­ven­ture

With three-quar­ters of Switzer­land made up of ei­ther moun­tains or forests, Ram­blers Walk­ing Hol­i­days tap into its rugged side with a set of unique itin­er­ar­ies, in­clud­ing the Arosa Vil­lage trip. Here, you’ll hike along high ridges grazed by ibex, then make for the tip of ei­ther Aroser Rothorn or the less tax­ing – but no-less spec­tac­u­lar – Schiesshorn and Tiejer Flue. Al­ter­na­tively, the Walk­ing the Trail of the Bern­ina Ex­press trip traces the rail­way – a true feat of en­gi­neer­ing – both on board and on foot, to the sound of cow bells and the scent of freshly scythed grass, vis­it­ing the moun­tain en­claves that stud the route.

And then there’s the Win­ter Walk­ing in Kan­der­steg tour, which proves sum­mer isn’t the only sea­son for lac­ing up your boots. Hike snow-blan­keted mead­ows, the white-hat­ted trees of Oeschi For­est to Risetenegg for a post­card-per­fect win­ter val­ley scene be­low.

Slow it down

For those seek­ing a gen­tler pace, sis­ter-brand Ada­gio hol­i­days slows things down. Stroll flo­ral fields against the back­drop of the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau from Wen­gen or just chill be­neath the Mat­ter­horn in the sleepy vil­lage of Zer­matt. There, ca­ble cars and moun­tain trains are a leisurely way to reach high panoramic paths. Mean­while in the Ital­ian speak­ing south­ern can­ton of Ti­cino, wan­der palm-fringed lakes and the pi­az­zas and cob­bles of bank­side towns, bring­ing a Mediter­ranean feel to your walk de­spite be­ing in the shadow of the Alps.

All these Swiss trips might put you in the heart of the moun­tains but the Ram­blers Walk­ing Hol­i­day and Ada­gio range of over 200 small group tours, stretch from the wild coast of South Africa to the canyons of the USA. With a whole world of ex­pe­ri­ence and an eth­i­cal ap­proach to sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­nites, they’re the ideal ex­perts to help you take your first steps on an Alpine es­cape and to see just what makes Switzer­land so spe­cial.

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