Though Switzerland is a sovereign country, it encompasses a true rainbow of cultures, on its borders are French, Italian, and German cultures each of which have lent their special way of life to the Swiss. The result is a country where most speak at least several languages and totally different cultures are often separated by a few miles or a mountain ridge. This is what makes hiking in this magical country so interesting.
We all like to go places, but we sometimes find ourselves hating to travel. It’s an enigma. Packing and unpacking. Lugging the luggage. Keeping organized with a place for tickets, passport, important telephone numbers and directions, and keeping clothes clean. It’s almost too much to cope. Here are some thoughts on the subject.
Hiking the tour to Mont Blanc may take you 11 days, but in a few hours you can preview it by cable car between Chamonix, France, and Courmayeur, Italy. There is also a tunnel under the mountain of about seven and a quarter miles between the two countries.
The fabulous Dolomites of Northern Italy are a hiker’s dream. These rugged limestone peaks formed over a million years ago originally as deposits in the form of marine sediments and coral in a low open sea and later lifted up by the various tectonic events when the Alps came into existence. The weathering over time created the distinctive jagged peaks that are a unique signature of this spectacular range.
Mont Blanc is located at the corner of three countries. The French side starts in Chamonix. There are a number of options starting here in France. Hiking tours can be customized for all levels of hiker. From novice hiking skills to high altitude rock climbing – this area of the Alps offers one of the most diverse hiking experiences anywhere in Europe. The food is great, the people in the mountain villages are wonderful and the scenery is unmatched.
Experience the best hiking in the diverse cultures of Verbier and Wengen Switzerland