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Zurich: Full-Day Haute Route Hike

Product ID: 147477
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Take an easy-to-moderate day hike along the Haute Route above Lake Walen. The route takes you along mountain paths and narrow alpine roads, past extensive alpine pastures, and through forests of spruce and mountain pines.
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Duration: 8.5 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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  • Enjoy the impressive vistas of the various neighboring mountains
  • Eat at a typical “Swiss Family” grill spot
  • Watch cows peacefully grazing as you enjoy some more wonderful views
Full description
After gathering at Zurich central station, begin with a 1-hour train ride through the beautiful countryside. Following that, a leisurely chairlift takes you up to 1,300 meters as you enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way.

Once at the station at the top, enjoy a small coffee break at a little restaurant before setting off eastwards along the trail. The route takes you along mountain paths and narrow alpine roads, past extensive alpine pastures and through forests of spruce and mountain pines. If you like, you can choose to grill some sausages at a beautiful “Swiss Family” grill spot.

The soil along the trail is wet, acidic, and barren, which allows sun dew, cotton grass, sedges to grow. Along the drier edges, look out for blueberries and alpine roses. This is also an ideal habitat to find a variety of algae, frogs, mountain newts, and insects, especially on sloped moorland where slight landslides have created small bog pools. The trail then goes uphill, suddenly reaching Alp Furgglen. This is a good example of an isolated alpine plateau area where intense economic activity can take place during the summer in an otherwise barren landscape.

Watch cows peacefully grazing and enjoy some more wonderful views before making your way down 250 meters to the end of the trail. At the end of the hike, catch a bus and a train back to your starting point at Zurich Central Station.
  • Round-trip transportation from Zurich Station
  • Private tour with an English-speaking guide who has extensive knowledge/experience living in Switzerland
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature

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Meeting point

Zurich Central Train Station, in the main hall under the “Meeting Point” sign.

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From US$ 496.07 per person

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ECHO Rails & Trails

Product ID: 147477