Trip of a Lifetime

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Crossing the border into Switzerland through magnificent fields of wildflowers, hearing the cowbells in the distance, then descending through the forest into a beautiful valley and our campsite (and beer!).

What did you think of your group leader?

Lotte was great and helped me a good deal when I had some height-fear challenges. She also kept her eye out for segments that I might find particularly challenging. Charlie did a great job with the campsite and cuisine. I always felt safe with Lotte leading the group. I also appreciate that she let us take our time on the walks and allowed plenty of time for relaxing breaks in the shade. I went on this vacation to enjoy the walks and scenery and to stop and smell the roses - not to race up and down the trail or compete with fellow walkers. If all I want is a workout I can go to the gym - I don't need to travel from the U.S. to Switzerland.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

I have a moderate fear of heights, so had some trepidation about signing up for the trip. I'm happy to report that, except for a couple of brief moments (including a suspension bridge over the river) I did just fine and found the experience exhilarating and liberating (and my fear of heights has greatly improved). Again, I did fine, just needed a bit of moral support, which the group and leader provided. So glad I went, so if you have a moderate fear of heights, I wouldn't necessarily be discouraged from booking the trip.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I highly recommend the camping version. Our group really bonded at the campsites and I think we enjoyed the walks more because we weren't focused on racing back to a hotel with a/c, bar, bed, etc. As a result, I think we were more in the moment! Bring poles - the descents are intense and hard on the knees. Also - keep in mind that this is a group trip with a leader who has considerable responsibility for the group's safety and well-being. If you prefer to do your own thing (i.e., wander off the trail to go exploring, walk way ahead of the group, etc.) you might be better off with a self-guided tour.