Welcome to Alpine Wander
3 days trekking experience
June 9-10th, 2023 bernese oberland, switzerland
Come join me on a hike,
To Bernese Oberland's height
Where summer's early rays do shine
And nature's beauty is divine.
The mountains high, the air so pure,
A sight that will forever allure
We'll trek the trails and take in views
Of valleys green and skies so blue.
The cows that graze, the flowers that bloom,
A symphony of nature's tune
We'll sit and rest upon the peak
And let our hearts and souls speak.
So come my friend, let's make our way
To Bernese Oberland's sway
Where nature's grandeur we shall see
And memories we'll make, just you and me.
This Poem emerged from the friendship Hike above Murren
The Majestic Bernese Oberland
about Mountain wander trek
Imagine- your feet on a wild mountain trail breathing in fresh oxygen and beauty that come in the form of views, sounds and smells.. standing in the awe of mountain majesty, taking it all in with your eyes and heart.
Witnessing the most beautiful show on Earth: the sound of running streams far below, the melody of peaceful cowbells in a meadow , a profound light heating up your face as the sun goes down...the smell of fresh nature and a cool crisp breeze on your body and indescribable view that is almost hard to absorb.
Do you believe that this splendor can truly exist?
Welcome to Mountain Wanderer 3 day trekking and mindfulness experience in the Swiss Alps.
The natural beauty of Nature can help to inspire feelings of awe and wonder, which can have a profound effect on the human spirit. The simple act of being in nature can help to put things into perspective, providing a sense of grounding and balance. We will take plenty of time for Wonder during this trek.
Designed for medium level hikers or beginners with high motivation and firm physical condition.
We will discover one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland, yet very secluded and authentic.
Every day we will hike for 5-6 hours with a stable pace, taking time for being, enjoy the views, practice mindfulness and eating outside.
We will take the most beautiful hikes in the region ( explored and designed specially for this program by Ruta).
Physical effort each day:
Day 1 700m up, 900m down, 10km
Day 2 800m up, 400m down, 7km
Day 3 200m up, 1000m down, 8km
If needed, days can be shortened or prolonged depending on the group level & motivation.
During 3 days we will hike, explore mountain waterfalls (exceptional sights & size), glaciers, wild flowers, valleys and ourselves.
We will stay in a magnificent and authentic Swiss mountain homes in the middle of the nature wilderness. Each place is different and authentic in its own way.
peacefulness & beauty beyond measure...
07.30 am Breakfast
08.30 am Hike Start
09.30 am Break / snacks
10.30 am Hiking hiking and hiking
12.00 pm Lunch Outside
03.30 pm Arrival to mountain house
04.00 pm Enjoying Drinks/ Local Tart
05.00 pm Stretching
06.00 pm Personal Time
07.00 pm Diner
10.00 pm Star gazing/ night hiking
We will start in a village of Stechelberg and finish here too but arriving from a completely different angle.
Have you ever dreamed of crossing the entire mountain range and end up in a completely secluded different valley where the only sound you hear is your breath and mountain streams? (oh, and perhaps the sound of marmottes and cow bells too..)
We will stay in history rich swiss mountain homes. This is already quite an experience! Both of the houses have been built during Belle Epoque and have still kept the charm if that time.
Day 1: after getting to know each other, we will go to discover the surroundings of the local villages and soak it the first majesty of the mountains.
Night 1 we will stay in a Historical Hotel in a village of Murren
Day 2: after hiking further through the valley and possibly climbing a peak,
we will stay in a secluded Mountain House in the midst of Stechelberg Valley, full of waterfalls and well hidden beauty.
Not many people know this place yet. It is reputed for hospitality and remoteness, in the evening there is no electricity here...
Day 3: after breakfast we will go to the end of valley to explore mountain glaciers and stunning waterfalls.
We will hike through this stunning valley full of waterfalls and soak in gorgeous views before returning to the civilization. (sorry...)
'One of the things that I love the most about the hut to hut trekking is that moment when, after long day outside, hiking, soaking it all in and sometimes going through challenging terrains, once of the sudden, you arrive to the mountain hut. Your shelter for the night, your home - where everyone is welcome, no matter your status, physical condition and level of tiredness .'
Ruta, Be Outside Coaching
What to look forward to?
• Breathtaking views
• Hiking like the Swiss Do or even better...
• Nature Connection Practices
• Free time for personal reflection/relaxation
• Mindfulness in the Mountains
• Stretching sessions after hiking
• Intimate experience: this trek is limited to 8 participants max
• Night Hiking and Milky Way Observation
• Cow bell & marmotte concert 😊
• Inspiring & Empowering group spirit
'I'd sit for hours watching the birds or squirrels, or looking into the faces of flowers. When i discovered a new plant, I sat beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaitance and try to hear what it had to tell me.'
John Muir, My Life with Nature
We will stay in 2 authentic and very local mountain houses where traditions are still alive. Just staying here is already an experience that is difficult to find in nowadays....
Mountain Place to Stay Night 1
Historical hotel regina, Murren (120 years old)
The historic house is a place of culture and relaxation for locals and guests in the middle of the car-free village of Mürren with a unique view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The charming Belle Epoque Hotel Regina is situated on 1600 m above sea level and offers a stunning view on the spectacular mountain panorama. The hotel is placed in the centre of the car free village Mürren. All rooms ar individually and friendly furnished.
The B&B Beau-Site, later Hotel Regina, has been open seasonally since 1896.
Today the Regina is part of the network of swiss historic hotels and is in the middle of the village, both spatially and culturally.
The Jungfrau Hall, built in 1909/10, is available for breakfast and dinner. The original condition is aimed at with the restorations. The staff is friendly and welcoming, a pleasure to be here after a long day Outside.
Mountain Place to Stay Night 2
150 years old Historical Mountain Hotel in the middle of the mountain
Obersteinberg has been in the same family for generations and is run by two sisters, Dori and Manuela von Allmen.
Gazing across the valley from the hotel you'll have spectacular views of hanging glaciers perched above waterfalls that cascade down the valley walls.
Of all the waterfalls, Schmadribachfall is the showstopper with a its impressive height and immensity. This waterfall has been captured on canvas by noted landscape artists going back to the 1820s, but due to its remote location, more people have seen the paintings than have actually seen the falls.
Obersteinberg is set within a protected area, where many alpine species that were once hunted to near extinction are now making a welcome comeback. Sightings of ibex, chamois, and red deer are frequent and always thrilling. Sheep and cows graze the rich alpine grasses in summer, as they have for hundreds of years. The adjacent farm is a working dairy, the cheese and butter from the farm are served for breakfast.
logistics AND OTHER DETAILS
Once you register, you will receive a detailed list of things to pack and how to dress for this trek.
Depending on your room on Day 1:
Single Room: 750 CHF (only 1 available)
Double Room: 690 CHF
Triple Room: 630 CHF
Note: Day 2 everyone will stay in a double rooms with Mountain views
What is included in the price?
All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, excl alcohol).
All meals will be made in the mountain houses- mostly local and high quality products.
All activities during the trek by certified mountain leader: hiking, exercise, nature connection practices, outdoor coaching
Accommodation during retreat: in an authentic high-quality mountain houses.
Please note: all rooms on day 1 have shared bathrooms (usually very clean in Switzerland!) Day 2: house has no shower but has old style washrooms. Anyway, you will remember your stay at this place forever!
Tickets with the mountain cable cars
What is not included in the price
Your flight or train tickets from home country to Switzerland;
Transportation to Stechelberg (meeting point of the trek)
Alcoholic drinks during the trek
Need to be in Stechelberg, Shilthornbahn by 9.47am on June 9th, 2023 (arrival time of the bus). 1h 40min from Bern
We will finish also in Stechelberg on June 11th, at 4-5pm
Combinable with more extensive travels in Switzerland – advice available upon request.
For your convenience, you can stay in Stechelberg or Lauterbrunnen 1 night before.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
50% of the price needs to be paid upon the booking the trip
The rest needs to be paid until May 10th, 2023
50% is refundable until 15th of April 2023. After this date- its non refundable.
If refund has to be issued, an admin charge of 50 CHF will be charged.
about trek leader
Ruta has done her first hike back in 2013- she then realized that the real life is not happening in the indoor- office environment but rather outside.
This made her realize that she was missing something important in her life- connection with Nature. Since then, most of her time she spends outside- climbing, hiking, wild camping, walking in the forests, parks and other natural places. She has become hiking ‚guru‘ and is now passionate to share the most beautiful places in the Swiss Alps with the others. During her outings she invites participants to experience nature differently: through mindfulness, nature connection practices & human element.
Retreat participants often say that Ruta's passion for Nature is contagious.
Ruta is a professional mountain leader ( Association of Mountain Guides in Switzerland), neuro-coach (Neuroleadership Institute, London), and forest therapy guide (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, USA).
By creating Be Outside Coaching movement, she has connected her 2 major passions: activities outside and human development.
Be Outside Coaching delivers immersive and holistic Nature experiences in the different corners of the Swiss Alps.
' There is yet another way to be, to see , to feel, to lead.
You will never hike the same way again after experiencing this.' - Be Outside Coaching
What do previous participants say about Be Outside Coaching?
'To be in nature means to experience everything: the sounds, plants, trees- to touch, to feel how everything is changing. It's amazing to see how much nature gives to us. We must experience this again and again. I am so happy that i found out about the Be Outside Coaching.
What Ruta does in those Nature Retreats is amazing and i wish to everyone to experience it.'