Life List: Switzerland's Via Alpina

Devour the world's best scenery, chocolate, and cheese on the Via Alpina.

| The Best 100 Miles: GPS Tracklog and Beta

| The Climb: The Monch

| World's Best Hike: Switzerland's Via Alpina vs. Five Classic Treks

| Via Alpina's Best 10 Miles 

The Photo Galleries

Adelboden to Kandersteg

Get ready for a ten-mile day, 4,265 feet of elevation gain, and the Bunderchrinde, the third highest pass on the Via Alpina.

Kandersteg to Griesalp

The Editors' Choice testing crew tackles the highest passes in the Swiss Alps.

Griesalp to Lauterbrunnen

The Editors' Choice testing crew finishes their final day under the base of the mighty Eiger.

Altdorf to Engelberg

Starting in the town of Altdorf, the Editors' Choice team gains over 6,000 feet of elevation gain in 17 miles on its way to Surenenpass.

Engelberg to Meiringen

Hike from Trubsee lake and Jochpass and down to Engstlensee lake for stunning views of the Wettehorn.

Climbing the Monch

After 100 miles hiking in the Swiss Alps, the Backpacker editors couldn't resist a summit of one of Europe's most famous peaks, the Monch.

The Eiger and Jungfrau Glacier

The Eiger is made up of the stuff of legend. Here, an up close and personal look at the moutain.