Hiking in Europe with Russell Tours

Capricorn in front of Matterhorn Zermatt Switzerland

Capricorn in front of Matterhorn Zermatt Switzerland
When you go to higher elevations early in the morning or around dusk you will often see off in the distance Mount Goats locally known as chamois. A chamois is a Horned animal (male) that can almost walk on a flat cliff wall. You can often look up a and see these magnificent creatures hanging there with their hoofs almost off the tiny edge they have found to cling to.

Hiking in Switzerland – Do I have to climb to the top?

We often get requests from people about wanting to hike in the Alps but aren’t sure they can do it. The fact is that every major village hub, Chamonix, Zermatt, Verbier or the Dolomites in Italy, they all offer a host of beautiful hikes that can start near the top of the mountain in their area.

Hiking in Europe – Bring the Kids!

Hiking in Europe – Bring the Kids!
Hiking is for all ages.
Many people ask me about can they bring their kids.

Well the answer is yes. You may not want to take them to the highest altitude walks and remote huts but there are plenty of walks at all levels. Every village in the Alps has easy, moderate and advanced trails to go on. Even for older people just wanting to take a stroll, these are well groomed and easy to access trails at every turn.

Mt Blanc Tram Chamonix France

Mt Blanc Tram Chamonix France
If you get a chance this, the world’s longest and highest tramway, is well worth the European Euros that you will pay to get to the top. The views from the top of the Chamonix Valley, and of Mt. Blanc and the nearby mountains, are spectacular. This spire of rock is pictured everywhere in the town of Chamonix. They have paintings of it, postcards, and large pictures available at the shops in town. It is situated at about 12,600 feet in the shadow of Mount Blanc which rises another 3000 feet or so above.

Three Culture Hike

Three Culture Hike
French, German and Italian regions

The three culture Hike is all about flexibility. This trip can start near Zurich in Wengen or in Chamonix France which is near Geneva. Lets review the different stops. Verbier and Zermatt are (French), Wengen (German), and Courmayeur (Italian) and just for fun Chamonix (French) for your last few days. It is also noteworthy that this trip isn’t about hiking long distances across open tundra but instead spectacular day hikes and small overnight hikes to quaint mountain lodges with breathtaking interesting vistas. We have attempted to put together the essence of the Swiss and French Alps experience without the long (and sometimes boring or very physically challenging) sections between these historically important villages and their surroundings. We can craft either 4, 7, 12 or 18 day excursions to suit your interests and hiking challenge desires.

Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis

Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis
Our most memorable hike began with a bus ride out of Mayrhofen, trailhead at the Speicher Schlegeis (reservoir). At 10 a.m. we began the steep track up to the Olperer Hut where we paused for the best Apple Strudel of the trip, accompanied by several cute mini-goats wandering amongst guest tables on the deck. The loop back to the Schlegeis via Friesenberg hut was supposed to be a mellow, flat 3-hr “walk in the park”, but it turned into an uphill death march and downhill race to the last bus at 6 p.m. We barely made it, arriving at 5:57 p.m. With great weather and views and only an occasional encounter with other hikers, it was our best hike in the Mayrhofen area, despite the drama and last-minute adrenaline rush.

Review: Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Switzerland

Review: Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Switzerland
Dear Bill:

Our hiking trip from Chamonix to Zermatt was amazing. All of the hotels we stayed in and the huts were so accommodating and all the people were so nice! The trails were well marked, some very hard and others very easy. We met many cows along the way and many other hikers. The food was excellent too…cheeses, breads, meats…..and butter! Switzerland is a beautiful country to see on foot! I would do this hike over and over again. I think Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours did a great job organizing our trip!
Regards,
Nancy

Via Alpina Hike Swiss Cantons

Via Alpina Hike  Swiss Cantons
The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes. Straight through six Swiss cantons with a vast variety of culture, geology and topography. Wide roads end in high ridge trails. The route is lined with one of the world’s most diverse variety of flora and fauna.The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes.