Alpine Pass Route

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The Alpine Pass Route is a long-distance hiking trail through the Alps in Switzerland, part of the Via Alpina route. It starts in Sargans in eastern Switzerland, and crosses the heart of country westwards to finish in Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. The total route covers over 325 kilometres (202 mi) and crosses 16 mountain passes, and takes 15 or more walking days to complete.[1]

The route[edit]

There are a number of variations on the precise route, but the following stages are fairly standard:[1]

The central portion of the route through the Berner Oberland is the most spectacular, with many hikers choosing to hike a few passes rather than the whole route in one go. The excellent transport connections give many possibilities for breaking it up.[1]


The signposting along the route is excellent, with countless signs, markers and arrows. Most of the signs carry the name of the next pass or town, but increasingly the green square "Via Alpina" signs are being introduced. This route is now called route number 1 of a collection of long-distance walking routes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Reynolds, Kev (2011). "Trek 10 - Alpine Pass Route". Trekking in the Alps. Cicerone. pp. 124–135. ISBN 978 1 85284 600 8.

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