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St. Moritz to Lugano on the Palm Express Bus

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Switzerland boasts numerous ways to get from Point A to Point B.   You can go slowly by foot, walking a stretch of hiking trail in an alpine pasture or near a mountain peak.   A bike, whether battery-assisted or powered by muscle, will move you a bit quicker.   Then there are cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts, funicular   Continue Reading →

High Above Lugano, Monte San Salvatore

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Lugano, in the southern reaches of Switzerland, is a real gem.  Right on the border of Italy, you’re met with Mediterranean breezes, the sounds of swaying palms, floral notes in the air, lots of sunny days and poolside relaxation.  The geography of the area is fascinating with long fingerlike lakes surrounded by tall mountains that rise   Continue Reading →

The Swiss Alps are Calling

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The Bernese Oberland is a magical place full of signing cow bells, eye catching rainbow colored wildflowers and thousands of picture perfect waterfalls.  This is a call to travel from Alpinehikers guide Eryka Thorley as she reminisces her way through the Bernese Oberland.  Traveling through this region will take your breath away, guaranteed, leaving you eager to   Continue Reading →

Reflection on the Great Alpine Classics Tour

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The European summer hiking season has begun! We recently received a wonderful note from Dale and Colleen Adams who just finished up a 9-night, 10-day Great Alpine Classics tour, that brought them to Murren, Zermatt, and Chamonix. All the included pictures were taken by them along the way. Hi Alpinehikers- We arrived home this morning,   Continue Reading →

Reflections on the Dolomites

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Upon return from their third Alpinehikers self-guided tour, Tami & Christophe Dinello had much to share about their Dolomites Traverse. Pictures and rave reviews abound. The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy and were declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2009. We run both guided and self-guided tours in this incredible   Continue Reading →

Special Delivery to Obersteinberg Inn

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Oberstienberg Inn is located at the end of the Upper Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is a picture perfect mountain hotel. No electric wires or roads tie it to civilization. The only way to reach it is by hiking up 2,000 feet from the valley floor. Once the sun has set below the mountain horizon candles create   Continue Reading →

Photo Essay: A Summer in Snapshots

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Throughout my first summer guiding in Switzerland I strove to capture the beauty and simplicity of what I saw around me. While leading tours I would collect a few snapshots. In the land of cheese and chocolate I found magic in the details. 1) Globe Flower Explosion The Globe flower’s scientific name is Trollius. They   Continue Reading →

First Impressions of Switzerland: a hike to Rotstockhutte

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As a new guide for Alpinehikers I arrived in Switzerland with eyes wide and feet ready to move. What would I learn this summer? Where would I go? Who would I meet? Only one way to find out . . . by hitting the trail. On my first morning in Switzerland I awake to clear   Continue Reading →