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Soaring peaks, glistening lakes, and monumental glaciers—the pull of the mountains has never been stronger than with the Swiss Alps. Just as the last remnants of a snowy winter wonderland start to melt away, a spectacular network of trails emerges for an all-women, week-long hiking tour in the Engadin Valley. Covering 360 miles, these trails will lead you to the deep end of nature: walk amid a motley of wildflowers, reach the celestial Muottas Muragl via a vintage funicular, and listen to the sound of Romansh as you roam in the Swiss villages. Factor these spectacular natural wonders in with sightings of ibex, chamois, marmots, and golden eagles, and you’ve got yourself a picture-perfect trip in the mountains. Don’t forget to indulge yourself with the national dish fondue, melt-in-the-mouth Lindt chocolates, or delicious Rösti!
Stellar views of Piz Bernina at 4,049 m, the highest peak in the Eastern Alps
Birthplace of fondue and some of the best chocolates in the world
Track Swiss trails rising over pastoral valleys and sparkling lakes alongside like-minded women
Meet your guide and your group in Zernez, a village in the Swiss National Park. Your accommodation for the next three nights will be Hotel Crusch Alba, where you’ll also have a welcome dinner and a briefing with your guide. Make sure to arrive by 5 pm to settle into the hotel.
A train ride along the Inn Valley takes you to Guarda and Ardez, two charming villages above the Inn Valley. Guarda is a quiet place best known for Schellen-Ursli—a famous children’s story set in Guarda. Ardez, a Romanesque village, is towered over by the Steinsberg Castle. You’ll hike up to Alp Murtera Daduora on well-maintained paths. Here you can enjoy the view over the Lower Engadin Valley and experience alpine farming, flora, and fauna. You’ll have enough time to ramble through the two villages, after which you’ll head back to your Zernez hotel.
Distance: 8 km (5 miles)
Hiking: 4 hours
Elevation: +550 m, – 730 m / +1,805 ft, -2,395 ft
Today you’re hiking through the Swiss National Park on clearly marked trails. The ascent and descent is a bit steep today, but it all pays off when you see the views. The park was founded in 1914 and is the oldest national park in the Alps. Here you’ll find untouched Alpine landscape, colorful flora, and—if you’re lucky—deer, chamois, and marmots. Return to your Zernez accommodation.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: +720 m, – 890 m / +2,362 ft, -2,920 ft
Head to the Bevertal, a quiet valley with an old larch forest. The hike goes up steeply at first, then between mountain peaks over a pass. The descent brings you to St. Moritz—you’ll witness the view of Piz Corvatsch and Piz Bernina, the highest mountain of the Eastern Alps. You’re spending the next three nights in Bever Lodge, an elegant wooden hotel.
Distance: 7.5 km (4.6 miles)
Hiking: 4 hours
Elevation: +700 m, – 800 m / +2,297 ft, -2,625 ft
Follow a path leading through millennia of geological history. The Bernina Massif, its impressive glaciers, and its world-famous peaks, such as the Piz Bernina and Piz Palü, are some of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps. Sometimes you’ll walk on moraine or behind moraine towards the mighty Morteratsch glacier and Biancograt glacier. Retreat to your Bever Lodge.
Distance: 13 km (8 miles)
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: +720 m, – 650 m / +2,362 ft, -2,133 ft
Take the oldest funicular in Graubünden up to Muottas Muragl, the most incredible view of the valley, St Moritz, its lakes, and the Bernina Massif. Both the artist Segantini and Nietzsche were inspired by the landscape, and you’ll also have a chance to hike to the Segantini Hut, where the great artist created his unforgettable paintings. Continue hiking on the high trail. You’ll reach the sunny Pontresina with a chairlift. Return to Bever for your final night in the Swiss Alps.
Distance: 8.5 km (5,3 miles)
Hiking: 4 hours
Elevation: +540 m, – 690 m / +1,772 ft, -2,264 ft
Have a hearty breakfast and pack up. You can either return to Zürich Airport or spend more time exploring Switzerland—let us know what you decide, we can help make arrangements!
The itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather and at the discretion of the guide. The hiking days will be discussed with the group the evening before. There will be an option for having more relaxed days during the week and resting at the hotel.
Fantastic week walking. Amazing scenery. Very much appreciated the insights brought by Claudia, our local guide. I would highly recommend this trip. Tip – keep the contents of your backpack to the essentials only.
I have throughly enjoyed my holidays with Walking Women ! Well organised and responsive and always lovely warm and inclusive groups. The fab accommodation and wonderful places ensure that I will be booking regular trips with them
This was my first time with Walking Women and I have to say it was just great getting together with a bunch of like-minded women enjoying the walks, the scenery, the chats and of course the cream teas! Chrissie was a great host and walk leader. I will certainly be looking to 2020 for another walking holiday. Keep up the great work.
From the little I have experienced on my holiday with WW, I can see people and places are carefully selected, and held to a high standard with prices that remain almost affordable for all; curated to make the guest at ease at all times wether in the intinerary of the walks or the destination hotel/B&B stay. As a solo traveler I’m only sorry I didnt discover it sooner 🙂
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Engadin Valley, Switzerland, please refer to COVID-19 travel updates by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
This all-women hiking tour in the Engadin Valley is ideal for hikers with experience and good fitness. You’ll be walking for 4-5 hours a day, five days in a row, but at a very steady pace and with plenty of breaks. The ascents and descents are between 400 and 900 m (1,312 ft – 2,953 ft).
If you’re a seasoned mountain biker and would love to cycle through the Swiss mountains, check out this all-women mountain biking tour in the Swiss Alps.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in the Engadin Valley can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A $250 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
The starting point of your adventure is the town of Zernez in Switzerland. To get there, most people fly into Zürich Airport. From there, it takes 2-3 hours to Zernez—you can rent a car, travel by bus or by train. You should arrive by 5 pm to settle into the hotel (Hotel Crusch Alba Zernez) before a briefing and a welcome dinner.
Your tour ends in Bever. From there, it takes around 3.5 hours by train to reach Zürich Airport. If you need help with transportation, let us know and we’ll help you make arrangements.