Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Gimmelwald and the Mountain Hostel

We arrived in Gimmelwald on a foggy afternoon, on our last day of backpacking through the Swiss Alps. Gimmelwald sits overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley, perched on the mountain edge at the end of Via Alpina Stage 12. When I say fogg, that is perhaps an understatement. We could barely see…

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Backpacking the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 12, Mürren, Gimmelwald

On our last day of backpacking in the Swiss Alps, we awoke to a colder, grayer morning than we’d experienced to that point on our trip. It was a bit surreal to get up and know that would be our last day on the trail. There was a peacefulness to the…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Lobhornhütte

After a day of rest in Wengen and Lauterbrunnen, we packed up our backpacks for another day on the trail, this time headed to Lobhorhütte. Set up in the mountains overlooking Lauterbrunnen opposite the Jungfrau, it is a truly special place. We had a lot of fun hiking up in…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 11 and the Eiger Trail, Grindelwald to …

After our Glecksteinhütte adventure led us to Grindelwald, we woke up the next morning well-positioned to begin the day’s trek along Stage 11 of the Via Alpina. We were planning to follow Stage 11 the entire way to Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, where we’d be staying for the next two nights during…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Glecksteinhütte and Grindelwald

On our second day of hiking Stage 10 of the Via Alpina during our Swiss Alps adventure, we planned turn off the trail and hike up to to Glecksteinhütte. Up until this point, the vast majority of our travels have gone to plan. Mishaps have been minor and limited, like when Norwegian…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Engelhornhütte

After a night’s stay at a beautiful chalet in Reuti on the first night of our Swiss Alps adventure, we set off along the Via Alpina Stage 10 to climb to a different type of lodging for night number two. Our second evening would be spent in a hut perched…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 10

Stage 10 of the Via Alpina begins in Meiringen, Switzerland, a lovely little city in the Hasli valley, and ends in Grindelwald. With our hikes up and down from Engelhornhütte and Glecksteinhütte, we completed the length of Stage 10 over two days. Some of the most beautiful vistas we passed…