- For active travellers with a love of exploring and having fun, but prefer creature comforts.
- Stunning views on hikes without big ascents and descents on rocky paths.
- The freedom and flexibility to join a hike if you want to, or explore a local wine bar or enjoy a spa if you choose.
- Superior lodgings with spa facilities on-site.
Fall in love with the mountain wonderland of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, then get off the beaten track and discover the rural culture of Engelberg, with its 12th century monastery, weaving trails, shimmering lakes and fresh alpine air. Enjoy spa resorts and first-class hospitality on this trek, all with an experienced hiking guide and like-minded people.
When you arrive in Zermatt (1600m) you will be stunned by the speed at which you become hopelessly obsessed with the shark’s-tooth Matterhorn (4478m), the most famous of Switzerland’s mountains. It’s impossibly pointy shape sticks up from an otherwise uncrowded horizon above Zermatt.
The rustic village of Engelberg (Angel Mountain; 1000m) in Central Switzerland is more rural than Zermatt and justifiably famous for its summer hiking trails. Here in the countryside you’ll find lots of lovely traditional Swiss cableways, which will take you to unspoilt areas of natural beauty that you wouldn’t have otherwise come across. Engelberg is also home to a famous 12th-century Benedictine monastery (where monks still live, teach and work). Other highlights include cheese tasting (of course!) and the spectacular Mt Titlis Massiv (3238m); the cliff walk will take you across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges!
This memorable trip offers a rewarding combination of physical challenges, new cultures, natural wonders, and time to relax in comfort.
Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks
Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.
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Day 1: Arrive in Zermatt
Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town’s touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world’s most famous mountain. Zermatt is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers almost unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned. Today is arrival day, so there are no planned activities and you may arrive at any time throughout the day (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm). Our hotel is located close to the train station and the centre of town. Meet your guide and fellow travelling companions at a short meeting at 5 pm in the Hotel lounge, this evening you are free to try some alpine specialities in a typical Swiss restaurant.
Day 2: Zermatt to the Five Lakes Walk (10km)
Today we will undertake our first hike – the 5-Seenweg (Five Lakes Walk), which is in a class of its own among hikes in the Zermatt mountains. The views of the mountain lakes are superb (with the Matterhorn reflected in three of them), and the trail is full of variety. Our path leads past the lakes of the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee. Each of these mountain lakes is very different in terms of shape, colour, character and size, and has its own special attraction. Return to Zermatt where this evening is at leisure.
- Ascent 600m/Descent 600m (4 hours for full walk back to Zermatt)
- Meals: B L
Day 3: Zermatt to The Schonbielhutte (22km round trip)
This hike offers a fantastic point-to-point hike with stunning views of the Matterhorn, Dent Blanche, the Ober Gabelhorn massif and the Zmutt Glacier. The day starts with a gondola ride to Schwarzsee, a popular overlook with amazing views of the Matterhorn and the high peaks surrounding the Zermatt valley. After lunch, the return to Zermatt is via the Schonbielhutte trail (2750m), which travels through pretty meadows, mixed larch and pine forest and alpine pastures along the north side of the valley to the small hamlet at Zmutt.
- Ascent 900m/Descent 1200m (7.5 hours walking)
- Meals: B L
Day 4: Zermatt to The Gornergrat (10km)
Our day starts after breakfast with a ride from the centre of Zermatt to Riffelalp, where we set off on our stunning hike which ascends to the fabulous summit of Gornergrat. The panoramic view is among the finest in the world. The views take in the Monte Rosa massif with Switzerland’s highest peak (Dufourspitze, 4634 m); the second-largest glacier in the Alps, the Gorner Glacier; and a total of 29 mountains above 4000 m, including, of course, the Matterhorn in all its glory. After soaking in the views and enjoying a picnic lunch, after a scenic hike, we have a short descent and then we take the dramatic cog railway back to Zermatt – the perfect end to a fantastic day’s hiking.
- Ascent 1100m/Descent 800m (7 hours walking)
- Meals: B L
Day 5: Zermatt to Engelberg
Today we leave the Matterhorn behind and while we have a long transfer day ahead, you will be blown away by the incredible scenery. We travel by train to the end of the Matt Valley where we transfer to a bus at Visp. Travelling through the splendid Rhone valley, we pass through the area famous for the Simplon Pass, used since the Stone Age and developed further by Napoleon’s troops to facilitate the movement of his artillery southward into Italy.
We continue further along the Rhone Valley, heading up and over the panoramic Grimsel Pass (2164m) where we cross the continental divide. Along the way you will be entranced by the jaw-dropping views of the Bernese Alps.
We then travel around Lake Lucern before heading up the Engelberg Valley to the rustic ski village of Engelberg (1000m). We plan to arrive mid-afternoon so you can enjoy this charming village and surrounds.
Engelberg is surrounded by towering mountains and is internationally famous for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Travel to the top of Mt Titlis (3238m) by a revolving cable car and explore the Ice Glacier cave. If you are feeling adventurous, the Mt Titlis cliff walk will take you across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges. In the heart of Engelberg is a Benedictine monastery; founded in 1120, it is stilled inhabited by monks who teach and work here.
Dinner is on your own tonight and you can choose from a variety of restaurants in the village.
- Meals: B L
Day 6: Engelberg to Melchesee Frutt (15.5km)
Today we embark on a breathtaking hike that you will remember for a long time to come. Your guide will take you up and over the Widderfeld Stock Mountain (2351m) and through the Brosti Stock Pass (2200m) where there may be an opportunity to stop at an alpine hut to take in the surrounds. If time permits we may summit Widderfeld Stock Peak and enjoy the outlook over the Melch and Eingelberg Valleys.
We will take a well-earned stop for lunch and time to appreciate this magical part of the world before descending down the Melch valley to the Stockalp Lift. From here the lift will carry us into Melchsee Frutt, and our accommodation positioned next to the Melchsee or Lake Melch.
The Hotel Frutt Family Lodge and Spa Hotel (1891m) is where we will spend the night.
- Ascent 1400m/Descent 900m (7.5 hours walking)
- Meals: B L D
Day 7: Melchsee Frutt to Four Lakes Hike to Engelberg (17.6km)
Our final hike today is in a class of its own. The Four Lakes hike is one of the most beautiful hikes in Switzerland and after spending the night on the mountain we will begin by hiking around lake Melch. We make our way towards the stunning Jochpass (2500m) region and the Titlis massiv all the while taking in the incredible scenery. This evening we will gather to enjoy a special farewell dinner and reflect on our experiences of the past week. Prost!
- Ascent 700m/Descent 1550m (6.5 hours walking)
- Meals: B L D
Day 8: Departure day
Today your journey ends after breakfast. If you have extra time, we recommend the following activities: the Mt Titlis Rotating Gondola, the Ice Cave and sculptures, the Mt Titlis cliff walk (if you are not frightened of heights), and a day trip to Luzern (50 minutes by train). Accommodation in Luzern is expensive, so we recommend staying in Engelberg.
- Meals: B
Accommodation: The hotels used on this trip are comfortable 3-star family run hotels located close to the centre of Zermatt and Engelberg. The hotels have private facilities and also spa/wellness facilities for some well-deserved pampering!
Transfers: Zermatt is a car-free zone and any transfers to/from each day’s hike are shared and will usually involve a cable car. Your guide will be able to give you more information regarding schedules and timetables.
Itinerary: RAW Travel understands that you have your own idea of the ‘perfect’ trip – the right mix of being active, discovering new cultures and natural wonders, and having time to relax. This trip is designed to be flexible, giving you the freedom to experience the best of the region the way you want. Feel like you’re ready to go, go, go? We can show you the way! Want some downtime or prefer to head out on your own? No problem! Your guide will make sure to tell you the best days to take time for yourself (if you want it) without feeling like you’re missing out.
Terrain: Due to Switzerland’s rugged terrain, you can look forward to some exhilarating – but steep – climbs along rocky and sometimes uneven paths. There is no van support on this trip, so you should be comfortable with the Alpine elevation.
- 4 nights in Zermatt, 2 nights in Engelberg
- 1 night in Mountain Lodge at Melch Lake
- Experienced and qualified hiking guide
- Small group (max 12 people)
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
- Local transportation as per the itinerary
- Guaranteed to depart with 4 people
- Lift passes for Zermatt and Engelberg
- Entrance to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Zermatt)
- Travel insurance
- Single supplement
- All items of a personal nature
- Mt Titlis Cable Car and cliff walk
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Kylee Delios, Kew (VIC) – September 2017
Hiked the Swiss Alps. It was absolutely breathtaking. Such astounding scenery that it made you want to crack open a chocolate bar at the top of every peak. The organising, guides and overall knowledge was fabulous as was the accommodations. Great experience and I definitely will be climbing another mountain with RAW Travel in the future.
What our Clients Say
Absolutely breathtaking. Such astounding scenery that it made you want to crack open a chocolate bar at the top of every peak! Great experience. I definitely will be climbing another mountain with RAW.
Kylee Delios, Kew (VIC) – Sep 2017
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