Alps & Jungfrau Hiking Tour

Looking for a challenging, yet epic Switzerland hiking tour? Carpe Mundo’s Jungfrau hiking trip should be on your ultimate European bucket list! Join us as we hike through one of the most beautiful sections of the Swiss Alps, discovering Switzerland off the beaten path. 

2020 Dates

August 23rd – 28th

August 31st – September 5th

 

*additional dates by request

Duration

6 Days/ 5 Nights

Difficulty

Challenging

Group Size

12 guests maximum

Price From

$1,475 per person

Switzerland Hiking Tour Highlights

  • Hike to an array of incredible mountain and glacier vistas
  • Dine on delicious, authentic Swiss mountain cuisine: more varieties of cheese, sausage, wine and chocolate than you could ever imagine!
  • Experience Switzerland off the beaten path
  • Sleep at cozy mountain inns & charming chalets run by local Swiss dairy farmers
  • Create an easier trip by supplementing the hike with gondolas and trains

Experience Swiss Delicacies

You will have a tough time deciding whether you enjoy hiking or eating more- both are such a delight in Switzerland We will sample some of Switzerland’s finest wines (enjoy these while you can- Swiss wines are rarely exported), enjoy cheese fresh from the farms we hike past (including delicacies such as fondue and raclette), and will take breaks while hiking to enjoy delicious chocolate with incredible views. In addition to these well known specialties, there will be plenty of scrumptious home cooked meals where you will be introduced to typical Swiss dishes that you did not even know existed. Best of all, you can enjoy this food guilt-free as a result of all the hiking!

Trip Difficulty: Challenging

This is our most physically challenging- after all, we are hiking in the Alps! However, the incredible vistas and charming towns are definitely worth the effort. We carry small backpacks to transport clothes and necessities while on the hike, but no need to carry food, sleeping bags or tents. The elevation gain some days is more than 3,000 feet, however there are several opportunities to opt for an easier day by taking a bus or gondola part of the way to the next destination. Our wonderful leaders will be there to help, encourage and guide you, and the sense of accomplishment you get from completing such a phenomenal hike will stay with you for the rest of your life!

Itinerary

This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather, group preferences, and other circumstances. Click on each day to discover a more detailed description of the itinerary.

Grüezi! Our trip begins in the charming town of Lauterbrunnen, home to 72 cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and beautiful alpine meadows. In 1911, J.R.R. Tolkien visited this same area and was so inspired by the valley that he later created Rivendell, magical home to the elves, in its image. We spend the afternoon hiking at the base of the infamous Eiger mountain or through a gorgeous valley surrounded by waterfalls before returning for a decadent Swiss dinner by moonlight in view of the magnificent Staubbach Falls.

Today we trek through the meadows of the valley, in the shadows of paragliders with waterfalls cascading overhead. As we ascend through the forest, you will enjoy astonishing views of the Breithorn and a number of surrounding glaciers. We climb 2,850 feet today (860m), finishing with a well-deserved drink at cozy Obersteinberg, a working dairy farm (you can sample their scrumptious cheese!) and beautifully restored berghotel. Nestled in a cradle of mountains at 5,833 feet, we have a good chance to spot some of the chamois, ibex, and red deer that roam the high mountains. (~4.5 miles)

We begin the day with an (optional) invigorating morning hike to Oberhornsee, a secluded alpine lake at 6,770 feet- the perfect spot for a morning dip! Today’s hike begins with an uphill push, and then we descend into the valley (2500ft/760m elevation loss) before climbing up to Gimmelwald. From here you can take a short gondola to the charming car-free village of Mürren where we will spend the next two nights. (~6 miles)

After several days of hiking, treat yourself to some R&R in Mürren, or do more hiking! Whether you decide to do the optional hike, fly through the valley while paragliding, relax at a spa, and/or take a gondola up to Piz Gloria (a restaurant and viewpoint that was used in the filming of the 1963 Bond/007 film), you will fall in love with this gorgeous town and surrounding area!

In the morning, we take a gondola and train across the valley to the town of Wengen where we start hiking again. Today’s hike is on a beautiful, wide path with stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. We hike up to Kleine Sheidegg for lunch (and the option to take the train to Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe”) before descending to Alpiglen where we spend the night. If you’ve had enough hiking, you can opt out of hiking today and take a train instead, or you can hike only the downhill or uphill portions- the choice is yours! (~7 miles)

Today’s hike is almost entirely downhill (2000ft/600m elevation loss) to the town of Grindelwald, one of the most famous and picturesque in Switzerland. After completing the hike, you can stay in the town to shop and sight see or partake in some of the exciting activities the area offers such as mountain carting, skydiving, or paragliding. Auf wiedersehen!  (~3.5 miles)

Pre/Post Trip Travels: If you would like to extend your trip there is a myriad of gorgeous day hikes in the Jungfrau region we are happy to recommend. Interlaken, one of Switzerland’s most popular destinations, is just a short train ride away. You can also visit other areas of Switzerland such as Zurich, Geneva, and Zermatt, or travel to other cities/countries in Europe!

Dates & Prices

2020 Trip Dates

August 23rd - 28th

August 31st - September 5th

Custom Dates (Choose Your Own!)

Pricing

$1,475 per person*

*Prices are in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

We pride ourselves on offering one of the smallest group sizes and best leader to guest ratios in the industry. Our average group size is 6-8 people, the maximum for this tour is 12 guests, and we never exceed a guide to customer ratio of 1:8. Our small groups allow us to personalize the trip based on the group to best suit your travel needs and preferences. Larger groups are available as a custom/private tour.

IncludeD:

  • Accommodations for five nights
  • Breakfast daily & two picnic lunches
  • One four course dinner
  • Entrance to the swimming pool at the Mürren Alpine Sports Center
  • Online trip photo album & Carpe Mundo shirt

Not IncludeD:

  • Airfare (we can help!)
  • Transfers to/from Lauterbrunnen & Grindelwald
  • Meals (not listed above)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional baggage transfers between hotels
  • Leader gratuities

Supplemental:

  • Accommodation upgrade: $250 to have a private room every night (based on double occupancy)
  • Additional upgrades are avilable for more luxurious accommodations as well as partial upgrades if a private room is desired some nights, but not every night.

Additional Information

Accommodations: This trip stays at some very unique and memorable chalets/hotels! The first night in Lauterbrunnen and the two nights in Murren are at charming hotels. The other two nights are at traditional mountain chalets/inns (one of which is adjacent to a dairy farm and doesn’t have electricity). These typical Swiss mountain accommodations are in dorm style bunks. You can opt to upgrade to a private room for one or every night. These options will provide you with a truly authentic Swiss experience along with delicious fresh meals.

Payment Terms & Conditions: If you are thinking about signing up for a trip but are not yet ready to commit, we offer a 5 day courtesy hold. To secure your space on a trip, a $500 per person deposit is required and can be paid by check or credit card. The remaining trip balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the trip. If you decide to cancel more than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, you will receive a Carpe Mundo credit that is transferable with no expiration for the amount paid, or we will refund your payment less a $250/person cancellation fee.  If you decide to cancel less than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, no refunds or credits will be available.

Single Supplement: Single accommodations are available for an additional fee, based on availability. If you are willing to be placed in a room with someone else from the trip, we will match you with another traveler if possible and waive the single supplement fee.

Packing List: A suggested packing list as well as additional information on travel to Switzerland can be found in our Customer Information packet. Luggage transport is available from Lauterbrunnen to Murren, from Murren to Alpiglen or Grindelwald, and from Alpiglen to Grindelwald (transfers cost CHF15/US$15 per bag per transfer). When staying at Obersteinberg, only a small overnight bag is needed. You can also carry all of your belongings for the duration of the trip if you have an appropriate backpack and have prior hiking/trekking experience. 

Release of Liability: We require that everyone participating in a Carpe Mundo trip completes and e-signs an Assumption of Risk/Liability Release waiver as well as a Medical Information Form. You will receive these after you have registered for a trip, and they must be completed prior to your trip.

Insurance: Due to the nature and locations of our trips, we highly recommend that everyone participating in a trip has medical insurance that provides coverage while abroad. Although not required, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance or a travel protection plan for your trip. We adhere to our cancellation policy, and these plans will protect your trip purchase in the event you cancel under certain circumstances. 

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