Posts by Matt Hart

Our Guided Tour of Monte Rosa is Epic - Should We Offer a Self-Guided Version?

Massive Mountain, Impressive Circuit The Tour of Monte Rosa is a staff favorite. Rugged and remote, it crosses a number of steep valleys around ...

Back to the Alps - Troy's Travel During Covid

When the EU downgraded the US from a “safe” country just one day before my planned trip, I’ll admit, it made me nervous.  It ...

CREA Mont Blanc: Climate research and education in the heart of the Alps

The Chamonix Valley has long been home to some of the world’s most adventurous humans.  Not unlike it’s human population, Chamonix’s m...

Swiss Traditions: Spring Festival in the Lötschental

The Swiss are known for their precision and predictability. Their trains run on time and their watches are the benchmark of quality. Well, even t...
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Great Guides Make All the Difference

It’s always fun to hear from our guests. Sandy hiked with us on a Guided Tour du Mont Blanc and shared this glowing review of her experienc...
spa robe in front of window with flower box Hotel Bouton d'Or, Alps Italy

Hotel Bouton d'Or Welcomes You Along the TMB

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be th...
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Traditional Farming in the Swiss Alps

Cows graze on a steep hillside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley with Schmadribach Falls in the background. As a traveler hiking through the Swiss A...
walking path along glacial gorge Gornerschlucht in Zermatt

Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

One of the best hidden surprises in the Swiss Alps: glacial gorges. Dramatic, narrow...
View toward the Aletsch Glacier from Riederalp

Alpinehikers Commits to Climate Action With Carbon Neutral Pledge

We recognize the problem.  How can you square climate change as one of the defining challenges of our age while flying halfway around the world...
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Tales from the Trail: Ed Muckerman

You meet some people in this life that you will always think of with fondness and appreciation.  Hopefully you’re able to cross paths with...
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Hiking the Tour de Monte Rosa

Learn about the historic roots of the Tour de Monte Rosa hiking route, a gorgeous and wild loop from Zermatt through Italy around SwitzerlandR...

How to Make Casunziei: an Unexpected Pasta Delight from the Dolomites

While hiking the Alps in the summer months, I’ve often found myself in what feels like an unending walk uphill, where – as much as I love...

Go Ahead, Put Your Feet Up

Tired, sore legs after a long day on the trail? Put your legs up the wall.  I distinctly remember a thought occurring to me during a particular...

Introducing New England with a Self-Guided Sea to Summit

Although it’s a little outside Alpinehikers’ normal range, Gloucester, Massachusetts has too much summertime appeal to pass up on you...

Unexpected Blessings in a Time of Pandemic

Living in this time of Covid, we find ourselves learning and changing to meet the new reality. Alpinehikers staff and guides share some perspecti...

Sunrise in Tahoe

“Early morning is the sweetest time of day, any day. That’s when your senses are keenest, your mind liveliest, your heart most alive ...

It's hard to be bored in Colorado

Colorado is a state with a hiking problem. Or maybe it’s an outdoor activity problem in general, though hiking is the main draw to this recreat...

Travel With All 5 Senses

Everyone has a different reason for visiting the mountains. Maybe you want to take an active vacation. Perhaps you want to create lasting memorie...
hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc

5 Key Components to Preparing for a Post-Injury Hiking Trip

We understand the importance of physical and mental preparedness when it comes to enjoying your adventures in the Alps.  To put some resources a...

Classic Switzerland: the Hotel Gletschergarten

The Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald is “A Place Where People Feel Good” Tucked quietly just outside of town near the end of the...
Swiss craft workbench and two artists

The Swiss Culture of Craftsmanship

Any conversation about Swiss culture will quickly point out the craftsmanship at the heart of everything the Swiss do. And anyone discussing qual...
bread selection in Zermatt Switzerland

The Best Bread in the World is Swiss - Recipe Included

Switzerland has the best bread in the World.  There, I’ve said it.  Switzerland gets credit for doing a lot of things well, like chocolat...

Dreaming of the Hotel Europe in Zermatt

The Best Breakfast in the Alps When I imagine my favorite Alpine breakfast, my daydreams always take me to the Hotel Europe in Zermatt.  This ha...

When the Sun Shines at Midnight

Sidney Haines, age 13 at the time of writing, has been visiting the Alps with her family, the founders and owners of Alpinehikers, almost every s...

Taking the Kids to the Alps

“This is not worth it… we have to turn around.”  I’m stopped on a steep trail part-way to the remote Berghotel Oberstein...
Alps hotel, Dolomites, Italy

A Dolomites Hotel With a Difference

What makes a hotel in the Alps truly great? It might be the gourmet restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view…  Combine a ...
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Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be th...
hikers on a trail in the Alps above the Lauterbrunnen Valley

Hiking to Obersteinberg

You’ve heard about Hotel Obersteinberg, the wonderfully authentic mountain inn perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Like a fairy ta...
room at Obersteinberg Lauterbrunnen valley

Stay at Obersteinberg Overnight

Staying the night at the historic Berghotel Obersteinberg is a highlight for everyone on our Bernese Oberland tours. It’s peaceful, beautiful, ...

The Best Hike in the Alps? Follow Us!

Is there such a thing as the BEST HIKE in the Alps?  After leading hiking tours for over 20 years, I have a lot of favorite hikes throughout Swi...

Strangolapreti, hard to say delicious to eat!

One of the things I appreciate the most about travel is the opportunity to experience a culture and history through food. While written and oral ...

Winter Holiday Traditions in the Swiss Alps

swiss-image.ch/Ivo Scholz At first glance, winter holidays in the Alps are just what you’d imagine: blankets of snow are piled high atop ti...

Tour du Mont Blanc: 100 miles, 3 countries and non-stop postcard worthy views

Foreign language, beauty, culture, cuisine, and hospitality are just a few things that come to mind when reminiscing about my adventure along the...
Playground "Spielplatz" Winteregg Murren

Family Adventures: Taking Your Toddler to the Swiss Alps

The Bernese Oberland is set up for family adventures, and not just for the 7 year old who kicked my butt on a Bernese Oberland Tour tour a few ye...
Sunrise over Soglio

Soglio and the Hidden Val Bregaglia

Soglio is an almost impossibly charming village in the Bregaglia valley in Southeastern Switzerland.  Not far from famous St Moritz and cozy Pon...

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