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#41583 - 30/09/05 05:01 PM Alpine Pass Route
Taylor from Seattle Offline

Registered: 19/11/04
Posts: 52
We walked the Alpine Pass Route in Switzerland (14 days) and had a fantastic time. The weather was perfect, the scenery was perfect, the signage was perfect and Sherpa took care of our luggage. One difference between this walk and the C2C was the lack of other people on the route. We didn't run into many others on the path, and sometimes felt a little lonely. We did meet up with four from England who were doing a shorter version of the walk. We met them occasionally during the day and again in the evening.

We'd definitely recommend this walk. Now we're looking for another one next year, something different than England or Switzerland. Maybe New Zealand?


#41584 - 30/09/05 10:13 PM Re: Alpine Pass Route
desertrat Offline

Registered: 28/06/05
Posts: 100
Loc: Lake Havasu City, AZ USA
New Zealand is heavenly! Just spent 2 months there. Hiking is out of this world. Do the Milford, Routeburn, Tongariro Crossing, Coromandel Peninsula and many, many day hikes unless you like to carry everything on your back always. If so, then the hikes are too numerous to mention. Try it you'll like it.

#41585 - 20/10/05 07:14 PM Re: Alpine Pass Route
ronf Offline

Registered: 03/12/04
Posts: 17
Loc: California USA
Is the Alpine Pass route the same as the Haute Route--essentially from Chamonix to Zermatt? We are considering doing the Haute Route--self-guided--perhaps using Sherpa and wondered how it was. Did you do the self-guided trip with Sherpa where they set up the accomodations and transfer the luggage? How would you rate them?

We did the Berner Oberland last year and loved it. many thanks.

#41586 - 22/10/05 05:05 PM Re: Alpine Pass Route
Taylor from Seattle Offline

Registered: 19/11/04
Posts: 52
Ronf,I think the Alpine Pass Route is fairly similar, staying in some of the same places, to the Bernese Oberland only longer (14 days). The actual APR covers a lot more distance but Sherpa has shortened it. This about the right amount of time for us. We did the self-guided with Sherpa booking our accomodations. This worked out fine for us even when we had to be rerouted because of the flooding.

The route is from Engleberg to Saanen, about 100 miles. The Haute Route is further west I believe.

Have Sherpa send you their Sherpa Expeditons catalog.

#41587 - 22/10/05 11:44 PM Re: Alpine Pass Route
tonyk Offline
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Registered: 16/02/04
Posts: 1033
Loc: UK
I did this route in 1984 and it was quite an experience.High temperatures on the first day,almost 90 degrees and then heavy snowfall on the third day.Sherpa didn't do a baggage service in those days and I had to carry everything.My route started in Sargans and finshed in Montreux and went over 16 passes.From what I remember the height gained was 58,000ft and the distance covered was in the region of 200 miles.Great walk and one that I would thoroughly recommend.

[This message has been edited by tonyk (edited 22 October 2005).]


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