Alpine Walking in the Alps & Pyrenees
Summer hillwalking at its best! Quality mountain days on excellent paths offering spectacular alpine mountain scenery all day long. The Swiss Alps packages offered are based in the famous Swiss alpine resorts of Grindelwald and Zermatt. Both locations offer a wide range of accommodation and a comprehensive range of mountain transportation which enables height to be gained quickly thereby maximising the time spent at height amongst true alpine scenery. The Pyrenees trek is a 5-day hut-to-hut trek amongst the most stunning features of this scenic mountain chain.
We also offer a six day hut-to-hut trek along the GR54 long distance footpath in the Ecrins National Park in the French Alps.
Learn about the social history of the Alps and witness at first hand the famous flora and fauna which bring so much to this part of Europe. Take advantage of cheap flights from a number of UK airports to Geneva or Toulouse and then either hire a car, or take the train. Hillways can facilitate shared car hire between group members and can pick-up/drop off those travelling by rail to Interlaken station (Grindelwald-based weeks only).
One of the great joys of walking in the Alps is that the long distance scenic views are superbly complemented by the abundance of dazzling alpine flowers right below your feet. So near and far, there is always something to see or photograph to add interest to your day. more details
Get to see the Alps’ Big 3 mammals: the Ibex, Chamois and Marmot. Learn about their habitat and life cycle, and maybe get close enough for a photograph. Similarly, birds such as the alpine chough, snowfinch and golden eagle may well be seen in their natural habitat. more details
Alpine Mountaineering History
Both Grindelwald and Zermatt offer the chance to see at first hand where alpine mountaineering history was made. Whether it is the tragic story of the early attempts to conquer the north face of the Eiger, or the fateful chain of events which led to Edward Whymper’s first successful ascent, and not so successful descent, of the Matterhorn.