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Hiking holidays Trans Swiss Trail Gotthardpass & Strada Alta

Hiking: Trans Swiss Trail

In the heart of the Alps

The heart of the Alps beats at Gotthard pass. Countless rivers and springs have their source on this plateau, and one of the most important trade routes in Europe has been running through it for centuries. The hike begins in the Urseren valley and leads through the wild and romantic Schöllenen gorge.

It is a steep route up to Gotthard pass, where mountain flowers continue to bloom even in summer. Passing it, you reach the Strada Alta, one of the most famous high-altitude trails in Switzerland. The landscape changes and slowly Mediterranean flair replaces the cool mountain air.

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Itinerary

A stage for railroad fans: The route partly runs right next to the tracks of the now "old" Gotthard railroad line (long-distance trains rush through the world's longest railroad tunnel under the Gotthard Mountains). 

approx. 5 h
approx. 16 km
955 m
390 m

The towns of Göschenen and Andermatt play an important role in the history of Gotthard traffic. The legendary Schöllenen gorge lies between them. The route follows the paving of the venerable mule track to the pass of passes. Varied, colourful alpine flora. The striking ventilation system of the Gotthard car tunnel resembles a music pavilion.

approx. 3.5 h
approx. 12 km
715 m
90 m

From the pass with its old refuge, the Hospiz, and Totenkappelle (Cemetery Chapel), the section leads to the world-famous Tremolastrasse, which climbs an impressive 340 metres around 24 bends. Once you reach Airolo, the obere Leventina valley awaits with further discoveries.

approx. 2.5 h
approx. 8 km
60 m
940 m

Deep down in the valley, traffic roars along the motorway, while peace reigns up on the Strada alta trail. Magnificent views of the Leventina and Val Bedrettotal mountain chains. Bright chapels in villages and field. Osco was once an important trading post. 

approx. 5 h
approx. 18 km
710 m
755 m

The mid-section of the Strada alta is thought to be the easiest and most magnificent: almost level, mostly on unsurfaced tracks, with the peaks above the Leventina as constant companions. Chapels and churches for reflection and art enjoyment.

approx. 4 h
approx. 12 km
525 m
700 m

The most romantic but steepest section of the Strada alta trail. The old mule trail leads over rocky spurs and through tranquil chestnut forests to the unique open-air steps above Pollegio. A spurt to the finish at Biasca down in the Leventina Valley.

approx. 4 h
approx. 13 km
495 m
770 m

Tour character

The tours themselves follow well developed hiking trails, but the stages over the Gotthard require sure-footedness. Some longer sections require good basic fitness.

The Trans Swiss Trail at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data at a glance
Place of arrival: Amsteg
  Season 1
09.09.2023 - 24.09.2023

daily
Season 2
17.06.2023 - 08.09.2023

every day
Trans Swiss Trail Gotthardpass & Strada Alta, 8 days, CH-ZSWAB-08X
Base price
1'059.-
1'089.-
Surcharge Single Room 295.- 295.-

Category: 3*** hotels, Hospice at the Gotthard pass, simple hostel with shared shower/WC in Osco

Season 1
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023
daily
Season 2
Jun 17, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023
every day
Trans Swiss Trail Gotthardpass & Strada Alta, 8 days, CH-ZSWAB-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
1'059.-
295.-
1'089.-
295.-

Category: 3*** hotels, Hospice at the Gotthard pass, simple hostel with shared shower/WC in Osco

Season 1
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023
Season 2
Jun 17, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023
Amsteg
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Biasca
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
115.-
145.-
85.-
120.-
115.-
145.-
85.-
120.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Amsteg
  Season 1
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023

daily
Season 2
Jun 17, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023

every day
Amsteg
Extra night double room (BB) 115.- 115.-
Extra night single room (BB) 145.- 145.-
Biasca
Extra night double room (BB) 85.- 85.-
Extra night single room (BB) 120.- 120.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Ticino Ticket with numerous inclusive services and discounts (on request at the hotel) 
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room) incl. SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription
  • Service-hotline

Please note:

  • Rides by public transport not included (approx. CHF 7.- per person).
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
Information

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Train journey via Zurich to Amsteg.
  • Free parking available at the hotel.
  • Return journey by train from Biasca via Erstfeld to Amsteg. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours. 

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.  

  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

Travel documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers 

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge. 

 

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