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Multi-day hikes in Switzerland: eight of the most beautiful routes

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Whether you’re off for several days or just over the weekend, you’ll find the most beautiful routes for a multi-day tour in Switzerland here. From Graubünden to Valais and the Bernese Oberland – let yourself be inspired.

A multi-day hike is a real experience – whether you spend the night in mountain huts or at hotels down in the valley. So, pack your backpack and let’s go! Here are hikes in three different regions of Switzerland. Some take two days, others more than a week. Often, you can shorten the longer routes or tackle certain stages individually.

Thorough planning is key to a safe and enjoyable hike: before you go, please check the route and weather conditions, required safety precautions, fitness and technical specifications and accommodation options with the local information centre. The routes presented here may be closed or blocked depending on the time of year and weather conditions. Find out about conservation areas and adhere to the relevant legal regulations if you are spending the night outdoors. Also worth considering is where you’ll fill up your water. How much weight can I carry over long distances? What equipment do I need?

In the video, Sina tells you how best to prepare for a hut hike.

Three-day hut tour in Valais

Three-day hut tour in Valais

You’ll spend your first night in the SAC hut Cabane de Moiry at 2,825 metres above sea level. The last section before you get to the hut is very steep, but well secured with chains. On the second day, you head down before going uphill: you’ll cross the plateau of Lac de Lona and ascend to the Pas de Lona until you reach the Cabane des Becs de Bosson at 2,982 metres above sea level. There are two different options for the last day – depending on how much snow there is, one of them is a safer bet for your descent.

Start: La Vouarda
Finish: Grimentz
Difficulty: T3

  • Die Hütte Cabane des Becs de Bosson, im Hintergrund die Walliser Berge.

    The Cabane des Becs de Bosson is located at almost 3,000 metres above sea level.

    Photo © Cabane des Becs de Bosson
  • Sonnenuntergang in den Bergen, der Himmel verfärbt sich rot.

    Watching a sunset like this, you’ll doubtless soon forget the exertions of the ascent.

    Photo © Cabane des Becs de Bosson
Mountain hut hike in Graubünden: three days of adventure

Mountain hut hike in Graubünden: three days of adventure

On the first day, you climb 1,350 metres in altitude. After that, you’ll no doubt sleep soundly in the SAC Ringelspitz hut. The next day, you head over the Kunkelspass pass to reach the Calandahütte hut. Even though the two huts are at almost the same elevation – the Calandahütte hut is 73 metres higher – this stage covers 850 metres of altitude. But on the last day, it’s downhill all the way to Haldenstein.

Start: Tamins
Finish: Haldenstein
Difficulty level: T2

  • Kleine Schlucht durch die ein Bach fliesst.

    From Tamins, the hike leads to the Lawoitobel. You cross the Lawoibach stream using a bridge.

    Photo © Jasmin Eicher
  • Die Ringelspitzhütte von aussen. Im Hintergrund sind Berge und Wiesen zu sehen.

    You’ll spend your first night in the Ringelspitzhütte hut.

    Photo © Jasmin Eicher
  • Aussicht in den Bergen, man sieht Felsen, grüne Wiesen, Wolken im blauen Himmel.

    Underway in the mountains of Graubünden.

    Photo © Calandahütte SAC
  • Die Calandahütte, im Hintergrund sieht man die Bündner Berge.

    The Calandahütte hut is at almost the same altitude as the hut from the last night, but the path to it goes up hill and down dale.

    Photo © Calandahütte SAC
Alpnesstrail in the Bernese Oberland

Alpnesstrail in the Bernese Oberland

The 13 stages of the Alpnesstrail take you across the Alps of the Saanenland and the Obersimmental in the Bernese Oberland. You can spend the night on alpine farms, in simple huts or at mountain inns. Dinner and breakfast are available at the accommodation, and you can usually also order a packed lunch for the next day. If 13 stages are too much for you or you just want to spend a long weekend in the Bernese Oberland, many of the stages are well-connected to civilisation, where you will find the nearest bus stop. Some parts of the multi-day hike can even be completed as day trips.

Start/finish: Boltigen
Difficulty level:

  • Sonnenuntergang vom Hundsrügg Richtung Gastlosen.

    Spectacular sunset on the Hundsrügg with a view of the Gastlosen.

    Photo © Rahel Röst
  • Aussicht beim Wandern vom Niederhorn aus, man sieht die Berglandschaft.

    View from the Niederhorn.

    Photo © Lenk-Simmental Tourismus
  • Foto des Gebirgsees Iffigsee. Er liegt umgeben von steilen Felswänden und grüner Wiese auf über 2’000 Metern über Meer.

    Iffigsee mountain lake in the Gelten-Iffigen nature reserve above the Iffigenalp lies at 2,065 metres above sea level. On a hot day of hiking, it’s the perfect place to cool off.

    Photo © Markus Schluep
  • Foto vom Rellerli aus, man sieht das tieferliegende Nebelmeer.

    Enjoy a panoramic view from the Rellerli – in this shot, you can see the sea of fog.

    Photo © Yannick Romagnoli
  • Blick auf den Arnensee, im Hintergrund erheben sich die Berge.

    View of Arnensee lake.

    Photo © Yannick Romagnoli
  • Blick auf den Lauenensee.

    And because lakes are simply beautiful, here’s another one you’ll encounter on the multi-day Alpnesstrail hike: Lauenensee lake.

    Photo © Yannick Romagnoli
The Prättigau Höhenweg

The Prättigau Höhenweg

This multi-day hike takes you along Switzerland’s border with Austria. On the Prättigauer Höhenweg, you trek through the Silvretta group and the imposing limestone peaks of the Rätikon over the course of three or four stages. There are several ways to extend this multi-day hike – but they’d take you outside Switzerland. For example, you can start in Vorarlberg on the Rätikon Höhenweg Nord and then switch to the Prättigauer Höhenweg in Switzerland.

Start: Klosters
Finish: Fanas cable car
Difficulty level: T2

  • Aufnahme vom Prättigauer Höhenweg, man sieht das Cavelljoch.

    View from the Prättigauer Höhenweg to the Cavelljoch.

    Photo © Marco Hartmann
  • Wegweiser in den Bergen, er zeigt unter anderem den Prättigauer Höhenweg an.

    The striking rocks of the Rätikon will be a constant companion along the whole trip.

    Photo © Andrea Badrutt
  • Aussichtspunkt mit Sitzpank und Steintürmchen auf dem Gipfel des Jägglischhorn. Man sieht das Prättigau.

    From the Jägglischhorn, you can look over the Prättigau and the Rätikon.

    Photo © Marco Hartmann
Gotthard Tunnel Trail – five days to cross the tunnel

Gotthard Tunnel Trail – five days to cross the tunnel

It takes 20 minutes to get through the Gotthard by train – but walking across it takes a little longer. A multi-day hike guides you from the north of Switzerland to the south, covering almost 100 kilometres and almost 2,500 metres of altitude as you trek through the Urner Mountains, the Grisons and Ticino. The route takes you over rugged rocks, narrow bridges and mountain streams. The Gotthard Tunnel Trail was developed by the association Gotthard-Connects in collaboration with tourism organisations in the Gotthard region.

Start: Erstfeld
Finish: Bodio
Difficulty level: T2

  • Zugschienen in der Nähe des Gotthardtunnels.

    That’s probably what comes to mind when you think of the Gotthard tunnel. But you can look forward to lots of nature and less traffic jams.

    Photo © gotthard-tunnel-trail.ch
  • Pioramulde, ein kleiner Bergsee, die Gipfel sind noch mit Schnee bedeckt.

    On the Gotthard Tunnel Trail, you’ll pass the Pioramulde, …

    Photo © gotthard-tunnel-trail.ch
  • Foto des Piz Curnera, man sieht Berggipfel und einen hohen Steinturm auf dem Gipfel.

    … climb up to Piz Curnera and …

    Photo © gotthard-tunnel-trail.ch
  • Steg am Berg Richtung Golzern auf dem Gotthard Tunnel Trail.

    … pass a walkway heading towards Golzern.

    Photo © gotthard-tunnel-trail.ch
Tour of the Vaudois Alps – trekking around western Switzerland

Tour of the Vaudois Alps – trekking around western Switzerland

This multi-day hike is designed for eight days – but you can shorten it, too. You walk through vineyards, past isolated mountain lakes and enjoy sweeping views. En route, you will pass the gypsum pyramids at the Col de la Croix or the Glacier des Diablerets. The hike is signposted with the number 46 ‘Tour des Alpes Vaudoises’.

Start/finish: Aigle
Difficulty: T2

Aussicht auf die Waadtländer Berge.

View of the Vaud mountains at the Croix des Chaux.

Photo © Nathalie Racheter

Hike difficulty levels – the scale 

Will I be able to manage this hike? Or is the route too difficult? The SAC’s difficulty scale serves as a guide. The letter T stands for trekking, while the number indicates the level of difficulty. This leads to the following ratings:

T1 – easy hike: wide, well-constructed paths, mostly on flat terrain, no steep slopes and well-marked.

T2 – mountain hike: hiking on narrow, stony paths with tree roots, steep terrain is possible, as are exposed passages. However, these are short and may be secured with a wire rope. The walk is well signposted.

T3 – challenging mountain hike: steep, narrow paths, not always well signposted. Many exposed passages, often secured with wire ropes, chains or steps. Usually walks of this difficulty level are well signposted.

T4 – advanced mountain tour: mountaineering in high alpine scenery, the route leads over steep, exposed rocky passages and slopes. The terrain is wild and not secured with wire ropes. Climbing skills are required.

T5 – very difficult mountain tour: the route is very steep, with some vertical parts on the rock. Usually nothing is marked, you have to navigate for yourself.

T6 – extremely difficult mountain tour: excursions of this level are more about climbing than mountaineering. Vertical rock passages, sometimes with overhangs. Extremely exposed and confusing terrain. The tour is not only physically demanding, but also mentally challenging.

Tour of the Muveran – crossing six passes in Valais

Tour of the Muveran – crossing six passes in Valais

Admittedly, it might take a while to get there, depending on where you live. But it’s worth it: over the course of this four-day hut hike, you’ll discover a lesser-known region of Switzerland. Circumnavigating the Grand Muveran and the Petit Muveran, you’ll enjoy views of Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, the white peaks of the Valais Alps and the Vaud foothills. Most of the hike takes place above the tree line – and you’ll cross six passes. There are plenty of huts right next to the route where you can stop for a break or spend the night, so you don’t have to carry a tent or food for several days.

Also important: this route takes you through some tricky passages. Depending on weather conditions, sections may be closed or suspended, so be sure to seek information on this in advance.

Start: Lac de Derborence
Finish: Derborance
Difficulty: T3

  • Wanderweg in den Bergen, er führt über eine Geröllhalde.

    The scenery on the Tour des Muveran is very varied. Here the route leads you over a barren field of scree.

    Photo © Photographies Gilbert Carrard, Puidoux
  • Szene in den Bergen: Auf der linken Seite ein Bach, rechts im Bild eine Alpwiese.

    You will also pass refreshing streams during the four-day hike.

    Photo © Photographies Gilbert Carrard, Puidoux
  • Ein Schneefeld in den Bergen, darüber führt eine Spur.

    And depending on the time of year, parts of it will see you trek through the snow.

    Photo © Photographies Gilbert Carrard
Urner Alpenkranz – a demanding round trip

Urner Alpenkranz – a demanding round trip

This six-day high-alpine hike takes you through the Urner Mountains. The route takes you beneath an impressive crown of granite – but you’d need climbing equipment to tackle the prongs themselves. You’re given plenty of time for each stage – so, if you hike regularly and are in good shape, you’ll probably be able to manage two stages in one day.

Start/finish: Göscheneralp
Difficulty: T5

  • Urner Alpen, man sieht schroffe Gipfel und einen Stausee.

    In the Urner Alps, you’re surrounded by nature.

    Photo © Ruedi Thomi
  • Jemand beim Wandern mitten in den Bergen.

    En route in the Urner mountains.

    Photo © Ruedi Thomi
  • Ein Murmeltier in den Bergen.

    Be sure to pay attention to your surroundings – there are lots of marmots in the area.

    Photo © Ruedi Thomi
  • Eine Frau in den Bergen, sie steigt eine abfallende Felswand empor.

    For this tour, you need to be sure-footed and have a head for heights.

    Photo © Ruedi Thomi
Equipment for a multi-day hike

Equipment for a multi-day hike

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