The 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 Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Switzerland

  • Kandersteg, Switzerland

    Hike Oeschinensee Lake and Blumlisalp Hut

    4.0
    6 mi / 2000 ft gain
    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 unbeatable backdrop, and in warmer months, multiple wate...
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  • Gündlischwand, Switzerland

    Trek in the Swiss Alps

    68 mi
    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 Wetterhorn. From there you will wind up and down t...
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  • Kandersteg, Switzerland

    Hike over Bunderchrinde Pass in the Bernese Alps

    5.0
    10 mi / 4000 ft gain
    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 the train station, follow the "yellow" signs to B...
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  • Glarus Süd, Switzerland

    Backpack to Richetlipass in the Glarus Alps

    14.3 mi / 4593.2 ft gain
    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 thru hike, it may be better to take advantage of ...
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  • Val-de-Travers, Switzerland

    Backpack the Creux du Van

    5.0
    8.7 mi / 2379 ft gain
    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 short day hike from the valley below.If you're arrivin...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Hiking on Torrenthorn

    1862.2 mi / 2132.5 ft gain
    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 amount of gear you have in your backpack it can be q...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Hike to Lämmeren Cabin and Lake

    5 mi / 492.1 ft gain
    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.The tunnel leads to the glacier forefield of the ...
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  • Silenen, Switzerland

    Hike from Bristen to Sedrun via the Gotthard Tunnel

    10.6 mi / 4593.2 ft gain
    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 so narrow that other vehicles cannot cross, so that...
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  • Icogne, Switzerland

    Hike the Bisse du Ro to Lac de Tseuzier

    11.9 mi / 1387.8 ft gain
    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 River, with stunning mountain panoramas across the va...
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  • Kandersteg, Switzerland

    Oeschinensee Panorama Loop, Hohtürli, and Wildi frau

    10 mi / 3854 ft gain
    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) in the Bernese Oberland. Making it the highest pas...
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