Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure

  • 9 Days
  • 14 People Max

    2 - 6 guests

  • Activity Level 4
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  • Trip Start: Milan
  • Trip End: Milan
Monte Rosa Trail

Experience the kaleidoscope of colors of the Italian and Swiss Alps on this spectacular alpine adventure!

From the pink hues of the sun rising on Monte Rosa (Italy’s second highest peak), to the steely grays of the great granite cliffs, to the pure white of the snow-covered Matterhorn and surrounding glaciers, to the inky blue alpine lakes; this adventure is a treat for the senses! Experience the beauty of hiking epic mountain trails, soar above breathtaking landscapes on dramatic cable car rides, e-bike through larch-scented woodlands, and kayak pristine lakes - all the while enjoying charming alpine culture. At the end of each action-packed day, you can sit back with a well-earned drink – and we can’t travel to Italy and Switzerland without mentioning the cuisine! Fresh pasta, Swiss fondu, local cheeses, tasty traditional dishes, all washed down with Italian wines, served in delightful chalet-style hotels with stunning mountain views.

Trip Highlights

Mattmark Lake, Monte Rosa Trail

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Europaweg Trail

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to Vogogna

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Lake Orta

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Monte Moro Pass

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Passo Salati Cable Car

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Monte Rosa

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The Matterhorn

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Explore Saastal Region

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Explore Zermatt

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Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Milan Trip End: Milan

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  • Day 1Arrive in Milan, head to Alagna

  • Day 2Spectacular cable car rides, start the Monte Rosa hiking trail

  • Day 3Hike and cable car from Italy to Switzerland

  • Day 4Hike the world-renowned ‘Europaweg’ Trail

  • Day 5Hike the Altavia in Swiss region of Saastal

  • Day 6Hike Swiss Trail, cable car over to Italy

  • Day 7E-bike to Vogogna, explore woodland reserve

  • Day 8Kayak Lake Orta, enjoy farewell dinner

  • Day 9Ciao for now!

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Milan, head to Alagna

    After we meet this morning, we’ll transfer to Varallo for a visit to the world heritage site of impressive Sacro Monte perched atop a ridge overlooking the village. We’ll enjoy a tasty snack before continuing to the beautiful mountain village of Alagna. After checking into the hotel, we’ll settle in with a welcome drink, and briefing session complete with a packing check in preparation for the next few days’ hiking.

    Hotel Monte Rosa (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Spectacular cable car rides, start the Monte Rosa hiking trail

    It’s our warm-up day! From Alagna Valsesia 1,190 meters (3,904) we’ll transfer to Passo dei Salati at 9,514 feet (2,900 meters) by cable car. After a short acclimatization stop, the descent will begin to Staffal 6,070 feet (1,850 meters) in the Lys Valley. We’ll then board another spectacular cable car ride to ascend to Sant’Anna at 7,152 feet (2,180 meters) to start the trek. We’ll then follow the path to the 8,947 foot (2,727 meters) Colle della Bettaforca. There is also the option to reach this destination by lifts! We’ll begin the descent to our accommodations for the night, the Rifugio Ferraro at an altitude of 6,798 feet (2,072 meters) where we will enjoy a wonderful local dinner.

    Rifugio Ferraro (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 4.3 miles (7 kilometers), 2-3 hours, elevation +1,804 feet (550 meters), -2,133 feet (650 meters)

  • Day 3

    Hike and cable car from Italy to Switzerland

    Awakening to the crisp mountain air, we’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast before descending to Piani di Verra. Next we’ll ascend along the beautiful Curtoz Valley to reach Colle delle Cime Bianche at 2,894 meters (9,495 feet). The ‘up and down’ continues with a short descent then ascent by cable car to the mountain of Testa Grigia - literally “gray head” – at 3,480 meters (11,417 feet). It’s time to farewell Italy for a few days as we cross the border to Switzerland by descending into the Zermatt Valley. After soaring over the Teodul Glethscer (Theodul Glacier) to Trockener Steg at 2,939 meters (9,642 feet), we’ll then continue by cable car to the picturesque village of Zermatt. There is the option from Testa Grigia of continuing to Zermatt using the lifts to the Little Matterhorn at an altitude of 3,883 (12,740 feet). Tonight we’ll enjoy a traditional Swiss dinner in town!

    Hotel Base Camp Zermatt (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 17 kilometers (10.6 miles); + 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) from Piani di Verra; - 850 meters (2,789 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike the world-renowned ‘Europaweg’ Trail

    You are in for a treat today as we transfer by minibus to Täschalp at 2,170 meters (7,119 feet) to hike along the scenic ‘Europaweg’ to Grächen. The Europaweg trail is considered to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the world, and offers panoramic mountain views including the iconic Matterhorn. Along the way we cross the spectacular ‘Charles Kuonen Bridge’ which is half a kilometer (a third of a mile) in length, and continue to the Europahütte, nestled in the heart of a larch forest. We’ll refuel with a snack before descending to Täsch and returning to Grächen at 1,620 meters (5,315 feet) for the night.

    Hotel Active Grachen (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 13 kilometers (8 miles); + 700 vertical meters (2,297 feet); - 1,380 vertical meters (4,528 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike the Altavia in Swiss region of Saastal

    The picturesque Saastal region beckons today! We’ll head up the valley along the scenic ‘Altavia’ - Grächen to Saas Fee trail - at an elevation of 1,772 meters (5,814 feet) The trail continues to descend to Saas Grund at 1,559 meters (5,115 feet) where we’ll check into our hotel to enjoy a well-earned Swiss meal.

    Hotel Monte Moro Saas Almagell (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 20 kilometers (12.4 miles); + 700 meters (2,297 feet); - 100 meters (328 feet) (to the Macugnaga cable car)

  • Day 6

    Hike Swiss Trail, cable car over to Italy

    From Saas Grund, we start the trek from the Mattmark Reservoir, following the Saastal to reach the Monte Moro Pass at 2,868 meters (9,410 feet). We’ll then take the cable car back to Italy, to descend to the charming village of Macugnaga 1,307 meters (4,288 feet). After checking into the hotel, we’ll relish some delicious Italian cuisine in spectacular alpine surroundings.

    Hotel Flora Macugnaga (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 8 kilometers (5 miles); + 700 meters (2,297 feet); - 100 meters (328 feet) (to the Macugnaga cable car)

  • Day 7

    E-bike to Vogogna, explore woodland reserve

    The hiking boots are swapped out for some pedaling action today! After a short drive along the valley to the village of Piedimulera, we will take our E-bikes for a guided tour along the Toce River to the medieval village of Vogogna. Post-card perfect Vogogna is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, amidst the protected woodland reserve of Ornavasso and the beautiful lake of Mergozzo. After the ride we will drive to Orta San Giulio on the banks of the magnificent Lake Orta and celebrate with a beautiful dinner on the terrace of the hotel.

    Hotel Il Bocciolo Orta (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: 25 kilometers (15.5 miles); 2.5 hours

  • Day 8

    Kayak Lake Orta, enjoy farewell dinner

    Today we’ll take to the water kayaking Lake Orta! This is a stunning experience meandering between the lake coastline, and the sensational villas overlooking it. We’ll kayak to the island of San Giulio for a break, and then continue to Orta San Giulio. We’ll end that day on Bagnera Beach at the Circolo Canottieri Lago d'Orta for our last meal together, reflecting on the incredible adventure of the past eight days.

    Hotel Il Bocciolo Orta (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Notes: Approximately10 kilometers (6 miles), 2.5 hours

  • Day 9

    Ciao for now!

    After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to transfer to Malpensa airport where we’ll say “ciao!”

    (Breakfast)

Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure Departure Dates

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Included

  • Our own highly experienced guides and leader, with you from start to finish
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your adventure
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Flights as outlined in the itinerary
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities, including bikes (where bike rides are applicable)
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants, and activities
  • All park and other entry fees
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) at the "Juice Bar" in Terminal One, just outside the arrivals area (between exits #7 & 8), at 11am, or the Hotel Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport at  11:30am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at either of these hotels directly or any other hotel in Milan, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides
Rental gear

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) at 10:30am, in time for flights below, or the Hotel Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport at 11am.

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per Trip Leader/guide. You are welcome to tip an equivalent amount in the local currency. There are plenty of ATM’s and banks in the larger towns of Europe.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Milan by 9am. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Milan after 1pm for both domestic and international. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation on the is trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Italy. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and mountain lodges during the overnight hike on day 2, known locally as rifugio’s.

If you've selected a single supplement for your trip, the overnight hike is not included as no single rooms are available in the rifugio's, and the single supplement price takes this into account.

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days.

You'll also need an overnight trekking pack for the overnight hike, though your daypack could double as your overnight trekking pack if you bring along a 30-40 litres size (2000- 3000 cubic inches). 

How fit do I need to be?

As an Activity Level 4 trip, you’ll need a good level of fitness for this trip. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you’re likely to enjoy the activities much more. Typically, hikes on this trip range between fourand six hours to complete, with a day each of biking and sea kayaking. You should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills, down hills and steps. With a little preparation you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

Tell me about the overnight hike to Rifugio Ferraro

During the overnight hike to Rifugio Ferraro you’ll be spending one night in a mountain lodge, known locally as rifugio’s. All rooms have individual beds (no double beds) and share bathrooms. All rooms have individual beds (no double beds), and share bathrooms. The rooms are mixed gender and can range from 4 beds to 6 beds, so you will be sharing a room with others, no single rooms are available. Meals are served in the restaurant and there’s a bar that accepts euros and credit cards if you fancy a drink.

You’ll only be carrying the gear on the list your guides will provide you with the night before - your excess gear and luggage will be transported directly to the accommodation in Zermatt on Day 3, and will be waiting for you when you arrive. You’ll will be provided with a pair of slippers and, for those who wish, a shower towel.

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Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure

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