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Hiking and Yoga Holiday Switzerland

Journey to the source springs of Europe’s four major rivers; the Rhine, Ruess, Ticino, and Rhône over five days of hiking across breathtaking mountain passes, valleys, and hidden gorges. Join yoga teacher and avid hiker, Nina, on this acclaimed multi-day hike, known as the Vier Quellen-Weg. Start each day feeling energized and aligned with daily yoga and meditation sessions. Stay in four traditional Swiss mountain hotels. Reconnect with your essential vitality along Alpine waterways.

Meet the instructors

Nina
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Highlights

  • 5 days guided hiking
  • Tourism and conservation taxes
  • Daily guided meditation and yoga classes with Nina
  • Train ticket, Andermatt > Oberalppass, on 21 August 2022
  • Private van: Belvédère > Andermatt on 25 August 2022
  • Hearty, farm-to-table breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners at traditional Swiss cabins
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, you will be staying in various accommodations. Each night, you will stay in a welcoming and character-filled Switzerland mountain stay. The hotels and cabins in the Swiss Alps are an important vestige of local culture. Each night you will discover something unique and inviting; each morning you will depart refreshed, energized, and ready for the adventurous day ahead. The two venues are Vermigelhütte and Albergo San Gottardo, Capanna Piansecco, and Hotel Hubertus.

The mountain cabins on nights one and three are typical of Swiss mountain culture, each with a unique character and configuration of dormitory rooms of four or eight people per room. The hotels on nights two and four both have interesting histories and modern, comforting touches. Each location has been selected for its charm, authenticity, and comfort. They all have a fascinating history to tell and offer unique quirks and features. Passo San Gottardo on night two is a particularly historic stay - one of their buildings dates back to the 12th century!

Program

5 day hike - Vier Quellen-Weg

Over five days, you will follow route 49 - the Vier Quellen-Weg. This marked hiking route spans three cantons in central Switzerland - Uri, Ticino, and Valais. You will traverse over six mountain passes - the Maighels, Sella, Gottard, Lucendro, Nufenen, and Furka - and encounter diverse vegetation, including pine forests, wetlands with streams, moors, lakes, and rocky high altitude peaks with glaciers and fascinating geology.

The last stage is a particular highlight as the Rhone is your constant companion. You will follow it right up to the Rhonegletscher (glacier), where the hike concludes with views across Obergoms and beyond! This is an ancient journey, leading you to your source of vitality and connection with nature.

Hiking route day by day

  • Day 1 - Oberalppass to Vermigelhütte
  • Day 2 - Vermigelhütte to Gotthard Pass
  • Day 3 - Gotthard Pass to Capanna Piansecco SAC
  • Day 4 - Capanna Piansecco to Obergesteln
  • Day 5 - Obergesteln to Belvédère, Furka Pass

Flow of the day

We start early and enjoy an energizing, farm-to-table breakfast buffet. After this, we meet for meditation and gentle stretch to limber up for the big hiking day ahead! We set out on the path for the day by 08:30 am. The distances over this hike per stage range from 13km to 20km.

We will have frequent short stops en-route for water and snack breaks. Most days, we'll arrive at the next night accommodation by 4 pm. A hot shower and tea await! We then meet for a yoga session together - outside if the weather permits. After this, it's time for a well-deserved big hearty meal and a restful night's sleep for tired legs!

Included excursions

5 days of guided hiking through central Switzerland.

Instructors

Nina Butler

Retreat location

This 5 day guided hike is situated in central Switzerland. We follow route 49 - the Vier Quellen-Weg (‘Four Springs Trail’). This marked hiking route spans 3 cantons in central Switzerland - Uri, Ticino, and Valais. We traverse over six mountain passes - the Maighels, Sella, Gottard, Lucendro, Nufenen, and Furka - and encounter diverse vegetation, including pine forests, wetlands with streams, moors, lakes, and rocky high altitude peaks with glaciers and fascinating geology. The four source springs we encounter are the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino, and Rhône.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily hearty, farm-to-table breakfast and two dinners at Swiss mountain cabins. You will fuel yourselves each day with a breakfast buffet. Expect fruit juice tea and coffee, freshly baked bread and pastries, cheeses, seasonal fruits, and farm-fresh dairy and eggs. Dinners are inspired by hearty regional dishes, and vegetarian options are abundant. Swiss wine is renowned for its sophistication and quality - all locations have excellent wine and beer menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights in Swiss mountain cabins
  • 2 nights at Swiss mountain hotels in a twin/double room
  • Hearty, farm-to-table breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners at Swiss mountain cabins
  • 5 days guided hiking through Uri, Ticino, and Valais
  • Daily guided meditation and yoga classes with Nina
  • Train ticket, Andermatt > Oberalppass, on 21st August 2022
  • Private van: Belvédère > Andermatt on 25th August 2022
  • All tourism and conservation taxes and fees

What's not included

  • All travel to/from Andermatt, Switzerland
  • Visas
  • Trail snacks and lunch during the day (you can always make a takeaway bundle of food for yourself at breakfast before departing, or purchase food along the way)
  • Dinner on nights two and four (you will go to a local restaurant together to eat)
  • Wine / beer / alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zurich Airport (ZRH).

Arrival by train

Make your way to Andermatt train station on Sunday 21st August 2022. Use the Swiss transport company, SSB, to book your train tickets and navigate the route (their app is excellent). Nina will meet you at 10 a.m. at Andermatt station. If you are traveling from outside Switzerland, it is strongly advised that you arrive in Andermatt the night before. For guests arriving the night before, ask Nina for recommendations for accommodation.

You will conclude your hiking route at Bélvèdere hotel below Furka Pass on Thursday 25th August 2022. There will be a private bus shuttle waiting to take you back to Andermatt, arriving at approximately 5 p.m. For those staying in Andermatt on Thursday, 25th August, you can meet up for a non-obligatory dinner together. Travel home or onwards from Andermatt train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday August 21, 2022
Departure: Thursday August 25, 2022

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