Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland

Get your Yeti to the Swiss Alps on this Graubünden mountain bike tour

The Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland will see a team of turquoise traversing through the beautiful Graubünden region. You’ll be climbing high Alpine mountain passes, descending through evergreen forests to lush valley floors, and dipping your toes into the Italian part of Switzerland for pizza and espresso.

  • £2,750 / $3,988
  • 8 nights / 9 days
  • Skill level: Advanced

With an early snow fall covering the mountains of the Graubünden, our photographer Ross Bell had a challenge he hadn’t bargained for when he hit Switzerland to capture the vast landscapes, glorious trails, and food you’ll find on the Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland. For more spectacular views read our photo story

From the Swiss Alps in the north to the Italian border in the south, you’ll ride through the Graubünden region in southeast Switzerland, witnessing the change in culture, cuisine and architecture as you go.

We’ll put the seamless Swiss transport system to good use, taking trains – including the famous UNESCO Bernina Express – and gondolas to allow us to get farther into the mountains and valleys, experiencing true wilderness riding in Switzerland, as well as man-made flow trails. These are the very best trails in the region and you’ll be riding nearly 400km – 6000m up and 27000m of descent!

With all meals, transfers, transport passes, accommodation and world-class guiding included, all you need to bring is your Yeti and beer money!

Tour Dates 2019

  • 5 – 13 July (10 PLACES LEFT!)

Interested in the women-only ride? Check out the Beti International Tribe Gathering.

Trip Highlights

The Yeti Tribe Switzerland is a must-do for those who run turquoise to the core. Breathtaking landscapes and world-class trails make the perfect venue for the 2019 Tribe. Here are some other special moments you can look forward to in Switzerland:

  • Spend the day riding the IMBA Epic Trail
  • Explore the best trails in Graubünden, the “Danny MacAskill way
  • Descend 4000m (13,000ft) each day
  • Ride the famous UNESCO Bernina Express train over the Bernina Pass
  • Enjoy mid-ride lunches in traditional mountain huts
  • Round off your adventure on the perfectly-built flow trails of St. Moritz
Unloading the bikes from the Bernina Express, a highlight of our mountain bike tour Switzerland

Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland Itinerary

This year’s International Yeti Tribe Gathering will take you across the Swiss Alps, over high Alpine mountain passes and into lush valleys, sampling traditional Swiss and Italian mountain produce as you go. You’ll be riding at over 2,000m / 6,500ft much of the time, so be prepared to pace yourself as you acclimatize to the altitude. There is also a degree of exposure on the Swiss trails, significant on some days.

+Arrival in Zurich - refresh + prepare for your adventure

If you’re traveling a long way or across several time zones to Switzerland then we recommend arriving in-country a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip

+Day 1 - Welcome to Switzerland!

We’ll collect you in Zurich close to the airport and make our way straight towards one of mountain biking’s most famous locations, and host of the last DH World Champs, Lenzerheide. A post-transfer lunch will get you fueled up and ready for building bikes and getting out for a short ‘leg stretcher’ to warm-up your muscles for the days ahead.

With the whole Tribe finally together the first night’s dinner is always a great chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. Tonight’s meal, close to the bike park, will be no exception but remember – there are some long days ahead!

Distance cycled: 15km (app. 1.5 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel Lenzerheide
Meals included: L, D

+Day 2 - Getting to know Graubünden

A hearty Swiss breakfast and some strong coffee will help to get you going in the morning, and we have a relatively easy start to the day, with the fun flow trails around Lenzerheide easing everyone into riding Swiss-style.

The focus of the day is very much to build you up for the week ahead, with easier climbs and plenty of descending, hitting the best singletrack trails in Lenzerheide with plenty of time to get bikes and brains perfectly dialed in.

As we go we’ll discover local cuisine, and feed our souls with epic landscapes that put Graubünden firmly on the map.

Distance cycled: 55km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel Lenzerheide
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 3 - Hike and Flow

Starting at the highest point in Lenzerheide, a natural singletrack trail leads us down valley. With Yetis on backs and by our sides we’ll earn ourselves spectacular views and the start of more singletrack heaven.

From our lofty mountain vantage we’ll point downwards for 14km of mouth-watering singletrack through the Furcletta Valley and on to the small town of Arosa where another delicious lunch will stoke the afternoon fires. With time to digest in the gondola we’ll find ourselves back at a high viewpoint and ready to take on some brand-new flow trails back towards Lenzerheide.

Racing the clock, we’ll push hard to squeeze in another lap of Lenzerheide’s bike park before we enjoy a rewarding beer and make our moves towards Davos – our home for the next three nights.

Distance cycled: 45km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Small Hotel, Davos
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 4 - The best of Davos; Part I

Waking in Davos we find ourselves in one of the biggest and best mountain bike destinations in Graubünden. Today we’ll start with a shuttle up to Fluela Pass for an early morning descent before the real work begins; a strenuous uphill to the top of Pischa. Like all good climbs, this one is made worthwhile with a monster of a natural downhill trail to Klosters and break for lunch.

Full stomachs will aid gravity-derived speeds as we take on technical descents to Gotschna. We’ll round off the day’s riding with stunning views from the Panorama Trail, supersonic descending and lots of opportunities to practise your switchback skills.

Rolling through Davos at the end of the day we’re sure to find some beers and a wonderful dinner waiting for us.

Distance cycled: 43km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Small Hotel, Davos
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 5 - The best of Davos; Part II

Our first job for the day is to catch the early bird gondola to Jakobshorn. High altitude, thin air, and amazing views will make for an invigorating start to the riding as we cross a gnarly ridge and meet up with a local favorite trail and the descent into the Dischma Valley.

From a low point of 1550m we’ll have funicular assistance through ‘Moon-land’ before we finish the morning with punchy climbing up to Chörbschhorn and then down to our Staffelalp (alpine hut) for lunch.

After a lot of hard work throughout the week we now have a couple of options for the afternoon; relaxing massages or even more riding!

If you choose the latter, then it’s back up to Jakobshorn and the start of the IMBA epic trail. We’ll ride this again the following day, but it’s too good not to sample twice.

Whether you took on the massage or the ride we’ll focus on muscle repair over dinner with the assistance of the most amazing Swiss fondue imaginable.

Distance cycled: 45km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small Hotel, Davos
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 6 - The full IMBA Epic!

Whether it’s your first or second time on the IMBA Epic trail it’s never one to disappoint. Holding on to the joy of the decent will help you on the technical, hour long climb to meet our transfer to the small Alpine village of Monstein.

Our final shuttle for the day takes us up the Albula Pass so we can all enjoy a super fun and easy ride into Engadin – our last multi-night destination of the trip.

Distance cycled: 59km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Celerina
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 7 - The Bernina Pass

With no shuttle in the morning it’s time to pedal the lactic acid out (or add more in) to our legs as we soar up Bernina Pass and on to some of the most picturesque sights of the trip. High mountains, glaciers, and lakes create the perfect backdrop for some of the most amazing and inviting trails you’ll come across.

We drop into the Italian part of Graubünden and with every pedal turn you’ll feel like you’re approaching the Mediterranean. An idea that will be cemented with the amazing lunch waiting for us in the piazza in Poschiavo.

We travel in style out of Poschiavo and start our train ride on the world famous, and UNESCO World Heritage listed, Bernina Express. There’s just a bit more uphill from where we alight, and from the top of Bernina Pass we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a tail wind on the descents down to an exquisite dinner.

Distance cycled: 56km (app.6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Celerina
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 8 - Grand finale - flow trails in St. Moritz Valley

You’ve worked hard this week and for our last day the emphasis is on quality and quantity as we aim to hit as many trails as possible from our hotel using gondolas, trains and cable cars to link up the best trails surrounding St. Moritz.

Three trails in the morning will be rounded off by the best burger and coffee in the country! After taking in the astonishing views down the valley, you will hop on your last train transfer to a high point of 3053m and your final fling of the tour.

Starting from 3053m, we’ll set off on rocky singletrack that will have you pumping and jumping down trails that seem to be have been made by the MTB gods!

Short but sweet, you’ll then have 20 mins of climbing up to a mountain hut. This is your last chance to pick up water before we start descending for the next hour all the way to the valley floor.

Your guide Dave lives at the bottom of this trail and he will be sure to show you some of his local gems. This descent will crown off what has been a singletrack extravaganza and, hopefully, the most memorable International Tribe Gathering yet!

When you arrive back at your hotel in Celerina you can sample a local beer before our final celebratory dinner together.

Distance cycled: 45km (app.6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Celerina
Meals included: B, L, D


+Day 9 - Departure

On our last morning together, we only have to make it to our transfer back to Zurich where we’ll say our farewells and get you on your way back home. Until next time…

Meals included: B

Please note: Your mountain bike tour Switzerland is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Switzerland and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience on our mountain bike tour Switzerland.

+Tour price

Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland Price

£2,750 / $3,988 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe. Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, English speaking expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • All meals beginning with lunch on day one and finishing with breakfast on day 9
  • All lift, gondola, and train passes in itinerary
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • All ground costs
  • Transfer to/from airport to/from first and last hotel
  • Luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike tour in Switzerland
  • All group safety equipment
  • Global Rescue security evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect mountain bike tour for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other mountain bike tours that may be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Advanced

  • You are very confident handling most types of riding and obstacles, including drops (up to 1 foot), rocks, logs, switchbacks, larger rock gardens and sustained technical singletrack
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You have excellent bike handling skills and can lift front and rear wheels, do small jumps, corner, climb and descend steep trails
  • You have considerable experience of riding on a wide variety of technical terrains including: rocky, rooty, muddy, loose, fast singletrack, exposed trails, bedrock for extended periods
  • You ride at least twice a week and rarely get off and walk sections
  • You can climb and descend comfortably on technical singletrack for as long as required

Fitness level: 6

  • You have an excellent level of bike fitness, exercising four or five times every week throughout the year, for at least an hour at a time
  • You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for four or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle several serious climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • Much of the riding you’ll do on our in Switzerland is between 7,000ft/ 2,000m and 10,000ft/ 3,000m with exposure present on most trails
  • Double track: undulating forest roads made up of hard-packed dirt and small rocks
  • Singletrack: rustic singletrack, mainly high alpine trails and through forests with roots crossing the trails, and at times you will encounter substantial rock gardens, switchbacks, and occasionally purpose built flow trails
  • The trails in the Swiss mountains are hundreds of years old. They are natural high alpine walking trails that link villages across the region and surfaces may be soft and muddy at times


+Arrival + departure details

Your Yeti Tribe Gathering in Switzerland will start in Lenzerheide and end in Pontresina.

You should arrive the day prior to your tour start date and spend one night in Zurich, allowing for any flight or luggage delays. Your guide will meet you at the pre-arranged meeting point at Zurich airport holding an H+I Adventures sign and wearing an H+I ride jersey.

On the last day of the tour, your guide will ensure you are dropped off at Zurich airport in time to catch your flight home. We advise booking your flights home no earlier than 6 p.m. on your day of departure.

If your departure flights differ from this, we would be happy to help book you into an airport hotel overnight, if needed.

+Travelling to Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland is served by many major airlines from all over the world.

For up-to-date timetables and booking visit: www.ba.com; www.aa.com; www.united.com; and www.swiss.com. You must book your bike in advance, otherwise you could face a hefty charge at the airport.

Here are some tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.

Visas

U.S., Canadian and European Citizens do not require visas to visit Switzerland. You must have your passport as proof of citizenship. A tourist/landing card may be given to you aboard the airplane during your flight to Switzerland.

+Preparing yourself + your bike for your adventure

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland, so that you have everything you need!

The International Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland is for advanced riders with Level 6 fitness. The ideal bikes for the Swiss trails are the SB5, SB55, SB130, and SB150.

To get the most out of your mountain bike tour in Switzerland you should plan some training in advance. It is essential that, if you’re bringing your own bike, you ensure that it has been properly serviced before the trip.

You will experience altitudes of between 7,000ft/ 2,000m and 10,000ft/ 3,000m when mountain biking in Switzerland, so we have some advice on mountain biking at high altitudes.


+Your mountain bike guides in Switzerland

Our mountain bike guides in Switzerland are of the highest level.

They are certified in first-aid and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in the remote, wild and beautiful mountains of Switzerland.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the trails of the Graubünden area and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

+Accommodation + food

One of the things that sets our adventures apart from others is the unique local accommodation we use. We aim to use the best, locally-run accommodation in each country.

On the Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland you’ll be staying in a selection of traditional Swiss accommodations, where a roaring fire and delicious home-cooked food await.

Most of the food you will enjoy on your mountain bike tour is traditional food influenced by surrounding countries, all prepared with the greatest of care and skill. Typical dishes include: rosti with eggs, local meats and cheeses, salads and, of course, local ales.

+Health + safety

No vaccinations are required for visiting Switzerland.

We recommend you check before drinking tap water, but 99% of this is safe for consumption. Bottled or filtered water will be readily available throughout the trip.

Also, please let us know if you have any special food requirements, allergies or pre-existing conditions your guides should know about.

You should always consult your doctor or physician before traveling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + foreign exchange

The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. ATM machines are readily available throughout Switzerland.

Tipping

It is not compulsory to tip your guides or drivers in Switzerland, but if you feel you received a good service or experience on your mountain bike tour Switzerland, you can tip at your discretion.

It is not compulsory to tip in restaurants, however should you wish to tip your servers, 10% to 15% of your meal cost is acceptable.

+Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy, you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: our mountain bike tour Switzerland is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Switzerland and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We will have 20 join this Yeti Tribe adventure, with enough guides and staff to ensure smooth running on- and off-trail.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

The Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 60-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness you will enjoy this mountain bike tour Switzerland no matter what your age.

  • Q. What style of mountain bike tour is it?

This mountain bike tour Switzerland is a guided mountain bike vacation, ideal for advanced mountain bikers. The terrain you’ll be riding on consists of double track and singletrack trails through thick forests, villages and across mountain passes. You’ll encounter some steep climbs and descents, rooty sections, rock gardens, switchbacks, as well as fabulous, swooping descents. Altitude is a factor in this trip and we have some tips for riding at high altitudes and managing the effects of altitude.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

We will cover 20km to 65km each day. You will gain a lot of your height via shuttle, gondola and train, but don’t be fooled, you will still need to ride and climb. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s plan and give you an idea of the trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a day pack with you for riding. We will have your large kit bags transferred to your next accommodation each day, ready for your arrival.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be happy to share applicable bike skills help during your trip to help improve your confidence and enjoyment of your mountain bike tour. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability – it’s a mountain bike holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your mountain bike guides are local to Switzerland and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and the culture and landscape of Switzerland. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip.

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

You will be staying in a selection of traditional large and small family run hotels.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

All meals starting with lunch on day one and ending with breakfast on day nine. Graubünden has a diverse and high quality offering when it comes to food, pulling from Switzerland’s surrounding countries to influence its dishes.

  • Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full-suspension mountain bike with 130mm to 160mm front travel (Yeti SB5, SB55, SB130, SB150) would be ideal for this mountain bike tour Switzerland. It depends on your style of riding because the Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland is fairly unique in that riders of differing abilities and experience can enjoy the trails equally. The more confident you are, the faster you’ll ride!

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

The daytime and nighttime temperatures vary significantly in this part of Europe, so bring plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. Bring a down jacket for the evenings. It is possible that you will experience rain in the afternoons in the Alps, so you must remember to bring a waterproof jacket too. You should bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for Yeti Tribe Gathering Switzerland.

  • Q. Will there be a chance to get laundry done?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to have laundry done most evenings. This is also included in the cost of your adventure.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience, and health and safety.

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