Best Backpacking in Switzerland

Looking for the best backpacking in Switzerland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Switzerland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike Oeschinensee Lake and Blumlisalp Hut

    Words and photos cannot accurately depict the beauty you will find in this area. The breathtaking emerald waters of Oeschinen Lake are the highlight of this incredible hike that requires little effort reach. The surrounding Alps provide and unbeat...

    6 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Trek in the Swiss Alps

    The Trek: Words cannot describe the unparalleled beauty and scenery you will experience on this trek. The journey starts at Schynige Platte where you get your first up-close glimpse of the Berner Oberland including the Eiger, Jungfrau, Monch, and ...

    68 miles

  • Hike over Bunderchrinde Pass in the Bernese Alps

    The hike starts in the town of Kandersteg and ends in the town of Adelboden. If you want to make it an out-and-back, you can hike from Kandersteg to Bunderchrinde Pass then back down.Getting to Kandersteg from any major city by train is easy. From...

    10 miles 4000 ft gain

  • Backpack to Richetlipass in the Glarus Alps

    This is a point-to-point hike in the Glarus Alps of Switzerland, beginning in the town of Elm and ending in the town of Linthal. Elm can be reached in 1.5 hours by car from Zürich, or two hours by public transport. Take note that because this is a...

    14.3 miles 4593.2 ft gain

  • Backpack the Creux du Van

    The Creux du Van is found in the wilderness above the town of Noiraigue, a 20-min train ride from Neuchâtel in northwestern Switzerland. It features a magnificent vista ruled by the ibex and wildflowers of the alpine landscape—and it's only a shor...

    8.7 miles 2379 ft gain

  • Hiking on Torrenthorn

    Start in the early morning by taking the cable way (either from Leukerbad or Flaschen valley station) to Rinderhütte. The trail from Rinderhütte to Torrenthorn is nicely done and well marked so you won't need to climb. However, depending on the am...

    1862.2 miles 2132.5 ft gain

  • Hike to Lämmeren Cabin and Lake

    Take the cable way from Leukerbad to Gemmi Pass. Facing away from the mountain station (north), head left (west) and follow the track to "Lämmerenhütte" (Lämmeren Cabin). The track leads through a small tunnel that was once built by the Swiss Army...

    5 miles 492.1 ft gain

  • Hike from Bristen to Sedrun via the Gotthard Tunnel

    You start this hike at the Golzern-Talstation in the small town of Bristen in Canton Uri. As it is a point-to-point hike, I recommend to use public transportation. The journey from Amsteg to Bristen is already an adventure by itself: the road is s...

    10.6 miles 4593.2 ft gain

  • Hike the Bisse du Ro to Lac de Tseuzier

    The trail along the Bisse du Ro has its origins in the 15th-century Swiss villagers who painstakingly carved water canals out of the mountainsides in order to irrigate the farmlands of the Valais. It hugs the cliffs all the way to the Ertentse Riv...

    11.9 miles 1387.8 ft gain

  • Oeschinensee Panorama Loop, Hohtürli, and Wildi frau

    Brass Tax: Length – Variable by choice Elevation Gain – 3,584 ft Time – 4+ hours – 2 days Stay – 47-84$ / night Difficulty – Difficult Hohtürli in Swiss German means “High Little Door”. This pass sits at an elevation of 2,778 meters (9,114 feet) ...

    10 miles 3854 ft gain