Five Countries—On Foot!

Overview

The ultimate Alps odyssey is our unique mountain adventure on the best trails of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria—crossing all borders on foot! Take the epic cable car ride up the slopes of Mont Blanc and walk from France to Italy, savor spine-tingling Matterhorn views on Italy’s Grand Balconeta trail, cross the Theodul Glacier to arrive in Switzerland on foot, take a hidden trail over Fütschol Pass into Austria, and follow the Ramseider Trail over the Steinernes Meer (“Sea of Stone”) into Germany. This is a brilliant way to discover the cuisine, traditions, and architecture of five alpine nations while enjoying the hike of a lifetime. Our grand finish is in Salzburg, with a concert of Mozart’s music at dinner.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Chamonix, France / Aosta, Italy / Zermatt, Switzerland

A breathtaking gondola ride carries us up the slopes of Mont Blanc, with a descent into Courmayeur, Italy, and an overnight in mountain-ringed Aosta. We hike the remarkable Grand Balconeta trail, one of the finest hikes in the Alps, with incredible Matterhorn views all the way, and cross the magnificent Theodul Glacier—right below the Matterhorn—to arrive in Zermatt on foot.

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Days 5-6
Upper Engadine, Switzerland / Pontresina

A spectacular rail journey on the Glacier Express is a great way to relax as the scenery unfolds, and we arrive in the splendid Upper Engadine, with overnights in stylish Pontresina. The classic hamlets along the Inn River in the Lower Engadine are a great place for our hikes, with the fairytale medieval castle of Tarasp perched above them.

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Days 7-13
Maria Alm, Austria / Kärlingerhaus, Germany / Salzburg, Austria

We cross remote Fütschol Pass to descend into Austria and the traditional Tyrolean village of Maria Alm. A challenging hike brings us to Kärlingerhaus, Germany, surrounded by limestone peaks, and our last trail brings us through glacier-carved scenery to the Königsee, the historic “lake of kings,” enclosed within almost-vertical rock walls that give it the look of a fjord. We celebrate the finish of our five-country odyssey in beautiful Salzburg. Depart on Day 13.

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Highlights

Highlights

Great hikes, seamless logistics, the perfect team of Trip Leaders—only WT can offer a journey like this!
Cross international borders on foot, cross the Theodul Glacier, ride the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz
Hand-picked hotels include the Grand Hotel des Alpes (Chamonix) and Hotel Walther (Pontresina)

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $7495  
Arrive: Chamonix, France
Depart: Salzburg, Austria
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 5 nights charming inns, 2 nights alpine lodges with semi-private rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

12 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes between 6,000-11,500 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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