Cross the Alps on our Trans-Graubünden mountain bike tour Switzerland
On our Trans-Graubünden mountain bike tour Switzerland you’ll ride through this beautiful region from north to south, climbing and traversing high Alpine mountain passes, descending through alpine forest to lush valley floors, and even dipping your toes into Italy along the way for pizza and espresso. We’ll put the seamless Swiss transport system to good use, taking trains and gondolas to allow us to get farther into the mountains and valleys, experiencing true wilderness riding in Switzerland.
With an early snow fall covering the mountains of the Graubünden, our photographer Ross Bell had a challenge he hadn’t bargained for when we travelled to Switzerland with mtb legend Thomas Vanderham, to capture the vast landscapes, glorious trails, and tremendous food and accommodation of our latest mtb adventure… You can also read our photo story
Is this mountain bike tour Switzerland for you?
We want you to have the best experience in Switzerland, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect mountain bike adventure, with the right level of challenge, for you.
You’re an experienced mountain biker, riding at least twice a week through the season and comfortable on: steep singletrack climbs; technical singletrack descents with switchbacks; rooty, off-camber forested singletrack; high alpine trails with some exposure; and rock gardens. Read more on our intermediate+ skill level.
Tour dates 2020
Tour dates 2021
- 25 Jul – 1 Aug (4 PLACES)
- 22 – 29 August
- 5 – 12 September (1 PLACE)
- 19 – 26 September
- 10 – 17 July
- 14 – 21 August
- 28 Aug – 4 Sep
- 25 Sep – 2 Oct
If you’d like to travel with a group of your friends/family contact one of our expert team about creating your own private trip.
This mountain bike tour Switzerland is a real must-do for passionate mountain bike travellers, combining breath-taking landscapes with world-class trails and true mountain life. Here are some other special moments you can look forward to in Switzerland:
- Spend the day riding the IMBA Epic Trail
- Eat gelato in Italy
- Descend 3,500m in one day
- Ride the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Bernina Express
- Enjoy mid-ride rösti in traditional mountain huts
- Round off your adventure on the perfectly-built flow trails of St. Moritz
Mountain bike tour Switzerland Itinerary
This trans-Graubünden mountain bike tour Switzerland 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 acclimatise to the altitude. There is also a degree of exposure on the Swiss trails, significant on some days.
- +Arrival in Lenzerheide - refresh + prepare for your adventure
If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Switzerland then we would recommend arriving in Lenzerheide 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! Ride Lenzerheide bike park
Your guide will meet you at the H+I preferred hotel in Lenzerheide in the morning, enjoy a coffee with everyone whilst chatting through the all-important pre-trip briefing. He will set the tone of the week ahead, explain the trails to come and answer any questions that you may have.
After your guide meeting you’ll build your bikes or set up rental bikes, before hitting the trails in and around the world-famous Lenzerheide bike park. Your guide will build you up progressively to warm up the legs and the mind, before returning back to your Lenzerheide hotel for your first evening meal as a team.
Distance cycled: 15km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel Lenzerheide
Meals included: L, D
- +Day 2 - Lenzerheide to Klosters - the real descending begins!
Today you will leave Lenzerheide behind and start your high-alpine adventure with a gondola ride high above the valley to Rothhorn and the first of many breathtaking vistas that you will encounter during this mountain bike tour Switzerland.
Once you have taken in the view you’ll start a long and famous descent that will take you to the valley floor and the town of Arosa, by which point you’ll be fully awake and appreciating why Switzerland holds such appeal for mountain bikers!
After a break, another gondola ride and perhaps a great local coffee to set you up for 7km and 500m vertical descent of pure flow on a newly-built singletrack flow trail to lunch.
After lunch we’ll embark on a long ride towards the main town of Graubünden – Chur. The door to this beautiful area. On singletrack, gondolas and uphill climb we hit the town.
There the first beer stop is awaiting us while we catch the train to Klosters and our next accommodation where you’ll be welcomed with great food and the typical local hospitality.
Make sure you get plenty of rest because tomorrow you’ll have even more descending to tackle!
Distance cycled: 45km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Family run hotel, Klosters
Meals included: B, L, D
- +Day 3 - What goes up - must come down!
You’ll wake to the sound of cow bells this morning, then we’ll leave our mountain accommodation and work our way down to the gondola station where we board our first uplift of the day. We will utilise this seamless infrastructure today and throughout the week to ensure we reach the best trails and see as much of the region as possible.
The trails today will be predominantly flowing, but you can be sure that you will encounter slightly more technical features and sections that will demand thought and consideration, which will include a true highlight – the Chörbschhorn – which is punctuated by an alpine style lunch mid-descent.
As you work your way through this vast landscape which is home to the highest town in the Alps, Davos, you will be traversing high above the valley before pealing off onto three different descents with a grand total of 3000m of height loss.
After a tough morning of riding we can have a more relaxed afternoon, with a massage and a bit of shopping, or your guide can take you back out for more after lunch!
Distance cycled: 40km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Large hotel Davos
Meals included: B, L, D
- +Day 4 - Into the wilderness and over the Albula Pass
As you look out of your accommodation window this morning, you will see the sun rising above Jakobshorn and our starting point of the day. An epic start for an epic day, we make our way towards the trail head of the IMBA Epic Trail, which is a downhill into Sertig Valley and one of our guides’ favourites. After a lot of high fives, we will head straight into an hour long climb, that will slowly take us out of the stillness of the morning light and deliver us 400m higher above the valley bottom. Once at this high point, we spend the rest of the morning traversing on the Epic Trail all the way to Monstein, when we will be met by a beautiful lunch on the patio.
Suitably fed, watered and rested in this truly awe-inspiring location surrounded on all sides by jagged peaks, you will saddle up again and head further along the IMBA Epic Trail on a moderately technical descent that will see you arriving at Filisur. Here you will be met by a shuttle, that will transfer you to the last singletrack of the day, which will take us straight to our accommodation for the night in Bever.
This is one of our longest days – be ready for plenty of highlights and some work too!
There is a wonderful small spa available at our hotel with massage and laundry service here too, so before settling down in the chic dining room, why not relax and unwind in the spa?
Distance cycled: 43km (app. 8 hours)
Accommodation: Mountain lodge Bever
Meals included: B, L, D
- +Day 5 - Bernina Pass to Poschiavo
After another good breakfast we’ll start climbing on a long but steady ascent towards the Bernina Pass. We will pass high alpine forests, enjoying views of glaciers and pristine lakes along the way.
We’ll stop at the top of the pass for lunch, which will give us our first signs of Italian-speaking Switzerland, then after a short rest for digestion, we’ll start another downhill section from the Bernina Pass to Poschiavo, in the Italian part of Switzerland. This is one of the oldest mountain bike trails in Switzerland, but it has been well looked-after over the years.
To finish the day we have a short spin to the beautiful lake of Poschiavo, to our small hotel in Le Prese, where they specialise in local and organic produce in their restaurant. There we will enjoy dinner with a variety of local tastes, and all products from the valley itself.
Distance cycled: 40km (app. 8 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel, Le Prese
Meals included: B, L, D
- +Day 6 - Glaciers and ancient smugglers' paths
We have an early start today, but this is to meet our shuttle. For about 30 minutes we wind our way around many curves higher and higher back towards the Italian border. We’ll stop for a shot of espresso, then start our ride.
We have a challenging, but short, climb and then we see the view to the Bernina region again, with its majestic peaks. After enjoying this tremendous view we start a trail that very few people can claim to have ridden: 1700m downhill on old Romanian traffic and smuggler routes. It is a challenge, but the experience you’ve built up over the course of the week will prepare you for this long descent, and we’ll make plenty of stops to shake out the arms!
We’ll arrive back in Poschiavo, where we’ll enjoy perhaps the best lunch of the week with pizza and caffè before boarding the Bernina Express train to take us over the pass for our final flowing descent to Pontresina.
Distance cycled: 29km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Sport hotel Pontresina
Meals included: B, L, D
- +Day 7 - Grand finale - flow trails in St. Moritz Valley
You’ve worked hard this week and for our last day the emphasis is very much on ‘fun’! We’ll aim to hit as many trails as possible from the hotel in Pontresina, using gondolas, trains and cable cars to link up a number of trails that cross the valley around St.Moritz.
We will set out to complete three trails in the morning before visiting a local café half way up the mountain side, where you can settle down to the best burger and coffee in the country…fact! 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 this mountain biking tour Switzerland.
Starting from 3053m you’ll set off on rocky singletrack trails that will have you pumping and jumping your bike down trails that seem to be made by the gods!
It’s short but sweet! You’ll then have 20 mins of work left, where you will climb up to a mountain hut. This is your last chance to pick up water before we start descending for the next hour on trails that change in style 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, one of the most memorable trips yet!
When you arrive back at your hotel in Pontresina you can take advantage of spa (and laundry) facilities before our final celebratory dinner together.
Distance cycled: 46km (app.6 hours)
Accommodation: Sport hotel Pontresina
Meals included: B, L, D
- +Day 8 - Departure
Sadly today we leave Switzerland behind, say our farewells and transfer to Zurich airport. You will depart for the airport early morning on the train.
Meals included: Breakfast
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
Mountain Bike Tour Switzerland Price
£2,650 GBP / $3,843 USD/ €3,313 EUR per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)
We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £300/ $435/ €375 will be payable.
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 8
- All lift, gondola and train passes mentioned in itinerary
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- All ground costs
- Luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike tour in Switzerland
- All group safety equipment
- Global Rescue security evacuation services
- International/ domestic flights
- Transfer to/from airport to/from first and last hotel
- Bike rental – we can arrange bike hire for you at a cost of £350/ $508/ €438 for the duration of the trip
- 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 well 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.
- You are generally comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: singletrack, double track, muddy, dry, loose, bedrock…
- You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
- You’ll have a go on moderate technical features, such as small rock gardens, small drops and steeper sections, but may get off and walk certain technical features
- You mountain bike two or three times a week throughout your biking season
- And the ‘+’ part of ‘Intermediate+’ means that you will be aiming to tackle more of those moderate technical features
- You have a reasonable level of mountain bike fitness, exercising at least twice a week for one hour or more, throughout the whole year
- You can ride a mountain bike for up to six hours per day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for four or more consecutive days
- You are capable of tackling one or two moderate mountain bike climbs per day, of up to 600 metres each
Typical trails you’ll be riding
- Much of the riding you’ll do on our mountain bike tour Switzerland is over 7,000ft/ 2,000m and to just over 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 golf ball-sized rock gardens, and occasionally purpose built flow trails
- The trails in the Swiss mountains are hundreds of years old, so are not always buff purpose built trails, 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 mountain bike tour 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 Lenzerheide, allowing for any delays to flights or luggage and to be ready for your guide to meet you there the following morning. We recommend staying at the beautiful Hotel Dieschen, which is where your guide will meet you at the start of your trip. The hotel has a fantastic restaurant and cosy bar where you can relax after your travels.
If you feel like heading out to explore, there are plenty of bars and cafés to choose from, and the friendly team at the hotel are always happy to give you their personal recommendations.
Your guide will meet you in the foyer of your hotel and he/she will be holding an H+I Adventures sign and wearing an H+I ride top.
On the last day of the tour, your guide will ensure you are dropped off at Pontresina train station on time to catch your train back to Zurich in time to catch your flight home. Therefore, we would advise booking your flights home no earlier than 6pm 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 well-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 on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport.
US, 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 mountain bike tour Switzerland, so that you have everything you need!
Our mountain bike tour Switzerland is for intermediate+ riders with level 6 fitness.
To get the most out of your mountain bike tour Switzerland you should plan some training in advance of your tour.
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.
The ideal bike for the Swiss trails is a good quality full-suspension bike with around 140mm of front travel. If you’re bringing your own bike, you must ensure that it has been properly serviced before the trip.
We recommend that you do travel with your own bike, and have some handy tips on how to do this, however if this isn’t possible for you we can arrange bike hire for you for a high quality full suspension mountain bike for the duration of your mountain bike tour Switzerland.
- +Your mountain bike guides in Switzerland
Our mountain bike guides in Switzerland are of the highest level.
They are qualified in first-aid and they have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these remote, wild and beautiful parts of Switzerland.
Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the trails of the Switzerland 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 holidays apart from others is the unique local accommodation we use. We aim to use the best, locally-run accommodation in each country, and that which is traditional to that specific area, whether it be city or mountain.
On our mountain bike tour Switzerland you’ll be staying in a selection of traditional Swiss accommodation from rustic mountain huts, to small family run hotels, where a roaring fire and delicious home-cooked food await.
Most of the food you will enjoy on our mountain bike tour Switzerland is traditional food influenced by surrounding countries, all prepared with the greatest of care and skill. Typical dishes include: rest 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 own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.
Your health and safety is on our mountain bike tour Switzerland 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.
It is not compulsory to tip your guides or drivers in Switzerland, but if you feel that you have had 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% – 15% of your meal cost would be 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 and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.
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.
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I have done the H+I trip through Scotland. The Switzerland experience was amazing in every way. The bike rental was great. The food and inns were amazing. Dave and Dom have an excellent knowledge of every curve and divot of every trail in the areas we road. They gave excellent instruction and guidance from the first to the last moment. The trails in Switzerland are unbelievable. I try too repeat very few trips in my life, so that can make room for new adventures; however, this will be a MUST to revisit!
Of the 4 H+I trips I’ve done so far, Switzerland had (by far) the most downhill action of the lot. You get a bit of everything on the trails - rocky and exposed… fast and flowing… technical… steep and scary. I enjoyed all of them. The accommodation and meals were out of the top drawer.
Dom and Dave worked so hard to make sure everyone had a great time, they both had so much energy and enthusiasm, nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. This was also the trip where I felt like I improved the most as a rider, due to the coaching and advice from Dave and Dom.
Essentially- what Colin wrote below is all true. For myself- this was THE most wonderful vacation of my life. The country was beautiful- the riding challenging and fun. I came home a better rider. The food was always delicious- we never waited for our rooms at night- everything was completely organized and no hassle. Our guides Dave and Dom kept us all safe and all moving. I loved it. Thank you thank you- I will do another H+I trip for sure!!!
Fantastic trip. Perfect organisation from start to finish. Guides Dave and Dominic were fabulous - entertaining and competent. They are true locals and know the trails perfectly, giving plenty of instructions about each section. They also fixed any bike problems. Each day they tailored the rides according to individuals ability and weather conditions. Great use of gondolas, trains and shuttles to maximise downhill enjoyment but still enough climbing to feel you have had a good workout. Guides happy to give coaching advice along the way.
The areas traversed were incredibly scenic. Guides tried to select restaurants with typical Swiss meals - the food was fantastic. Probably enjoyed challenging myself on the sections of old Roman roads the most.
All the accommodation was excellent. Great group of like-minded people. The intermediate + rating and H+I description of this very apt.
Dave made a promise that the riding, the views, and the trip as a whole would only get better as the week progressed, which seemed a tall order given the route we took from Lenzerheide to Arosa. Nonetheless, he delivered. While each trail was memorable, the descent into Sertig, the Bernina pass, and the ride from the Italian border into Poschiavo are among my favorite mountain bike rides.
There was a little bit of everything on this trip-flow trails, roots, and rocks until your heart’s content-and it was strung together to keep you challenged but never overworked and never bored. Dave was a fantastic guide. He did an exceptional job keeping on top of every detail and making the needed adjustments throughout the trip to accommodate all the riders, and was simply fun to be around for the whole trip.
The H+I Switzerland trip sets a very high bar, and I would very much recommend it!
I had an incredible time in Graubünden! All the variables came together; trails, weather, views, guide, accommodations, food, easy transport, group, etc. This was my fourth H+I trip and I was not disappointed!
The trails are a great mix of fast and flowy and technical. Dave did a great job of making sure that everyone in the group had the experience they wanted and was able to be flexible and offer options whenever possible. He took all the thinking out of it for us, ensured our bikes were working great, and generally just made sure that we had a great time.
As always with H+I the lodging and food is well chosen to reflect the best of the area and show off the local cuisine.
Switzerland is a one-of-a-kind area with the infrastructure (gondolas, chair lifts, funiculars, trains!) to enable you to cover an incredible amount of ground each day. The trails are world class and I think I had one of my favorite descents ever down to Sertig on the IMBA epic trail.
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If you are looking for the perfect mountain biking trip look no further....you just found it!
This was my first tour with H+I and even before getting on ground I was immediately impressed with every detail from the companies web marketing, correspondence with head office, the booking process and attention to my individual pre tour enquirers regarding transfers and kit.
Once I arrived and met our guides Dave and Huggy Bear, I was sure that this was the tour for me. They are terrific guys and so determined to ensure that everyone on the tour has the best holiday experience possible. No problem is to big or small they were able solve any of the groups issues from kit failures to rider improvement techniques to gradually build confidence. I booked the twin share with a mate but on arrival I noted that European twin share is essentially a double bed. The guys were able to juggle a few things to get us our own rooms but unless you are happy to sleep in the same bed as your travel partner the single room extra is well worth the additional cost.
The infrastructure in Switzerland is what sets it apart. The readily available and well utilised mixed use of gondolas, trains, chair lifts and shuttles provides approximately 16km of vertical descending for about 3.5km of physical investment of vertical ascending. Every day you would finish riding and ask yourself how can they top this tomorrow and you would wake up and they would do just that. Day 1 was epic, but the boys delivered increasingly better views, better trails and better local cuisine as each day passed.
The tour is perfectly rated at intermediate+ and there are at times technical features that require your full attention. The guides thoroughly brief the group on all upcoming sections and their knowledge of the individual trails and features is amazing.
All in all one of the best adventure holidays that I have ever had and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Looking forward to my next H+I adventure!
Do yourself a favour!!
Dear Dave and Dom AKA The Hulk and Huggy Bear. This was the most amazing experience I have had in my 45years of life, and although the Switzerland nature was like no other and no photos do it justice, it was your personalities and care for the riders that I have given this trip 5 stars. So thank you to the both of you and the entire H+I team. Can't wait for my next tour.....no doubt there will be many spin classes in between! 🙂 Regards Justin.
This was my first H+I trip. Wasn't sure what to expect, but it was nothing short of spectacular. The scenery, the food, the trails, the guides, the people, the towns, all of it was incredible. The views cannot be described, and pictures do not do any justice to the grandeur. The food was local and delicious. The trails were so much fun, like I've never been on before. The trip is listed as intermediate+, and it is true to form. I was not quite at that skill level, but the guides were patient and extremely helpful. They made a trip that is incredible on its on merit, even better. Dave and Dominik are knowledgable, thoughtful, professional, dedicated, skilled, and love what they do. It is a credit to H+I to have Dave and Dominik as guides; they are what guides should aspire to be. I am a better mt biker because of them.
I don't have one complaint about this trip, but I do have advice. Make sure you know your skill level. The trails rate from park to rooted, rocky, and exposed. Not too steep but technical for sure. The weather was all over the place, from windy and rainy to sunny and warm. So daily, we packed for any condition. I highly recommend this trip, but I also recommend being prepared.
My first H+I trip and definitely not last! Excellent guides, itinerary and trail experience. Seeing Switzerland via MTB allowed great freedom into vast beautiful places with so much rich history. Top notch trail quality and quantity with a wide variety trial styles and climate/geology zones every day was a truly blissful experience. I'll be back!
This was a fantastic trip. The terrain selection was second to none. Our local guides had intimate knowledge of the local trails and conditions. They never missed a beat, and easily adapted the itinerary because of remaining winter snow fields. Every detail was take care of: meals, bike washing and maintenance, laundry, etc.
My second trip with H+I and it won't be my last!
I've wanted to go to Switzerland for a very, very long time. The fact that I was finally able to do it, and ride my bike at the same time made this a seemingly perfect experience. This was my 5th H+I trip, but asking which was my favorite would be like asking someone to choose their favorite child. Each trip has its own personality. It's own experiences. It's own flavor. Switzerland is no different. What I can promise you though, is that H+I find THE BEST local guides. They have every detail nailed, and they are masters of their art, both on and off the bike.
Several times during the trip we would descend down through a high alpine meadows, and I couldn't help but stop and absorb the scenery, only to start again, and laugh at the awesomeness of the "perma-grin" inducing trails. The trails we were on have easily made their way in to my "top 5" trails list. Can't wait for the next trip.
Viajar y conocer Suiza fue realmente enriquecedor, el país es inigualable en su belleza y H+I logro hacernos vivir la experiencia con creces, los sitios a los que nos llevaron, los alojamientos, las comidas, las rutas con sus paisajes fueron extremadamente bien escogidos, para mi fue como hacer realidad un sueño hermoso; y nuestros compañeros y guías Dave y Dominik hicieron todo lo que estaba a sus alcance para que fuera cada día mejor, mi familia y yo les agradecemos de corazón esta experiencia tan extraordinaria.
Esperamos volver a viajar con H+I
Gracias por todo
Switzerland was my first tour which H+I, but I am quite sure it won't be the last one. I went with my family (two brothers and two parents), and I think it was the best vacation we have ever had. Everything was perfect: great hotels, delicious and carefully chosen restaurants, stunning scenery, and absolutely awesome riding.
However, the guides were what really took this trip to the next level. Dominik and Dave are very professional, but they do not stop at showing you the trails, doing the logistics, and ensuring everyone's safety. They go above and beyond, making sure everyone has fun while being safe (not a simple tasks when riders have different skill levels), and bringing with them the best attitude and energy.
Could not recommend this trip highly enough!
Switzerland was my 4th tour with H+I and I have to say yet another EPIC tour with this fine Scottish outfit. This tour was absolutely EXPONENTIALLY FABULOUS! I must start with the truly amazing guides...Dave was so professional, warm, welcoming, funny...then slather on another great guide in Dom and well, you have the fantastic Duo :).
I always hope to continue to hone my mountain biking skills on these trips and I really appreciate the expertise offered by these two rock stars. I must say to those interested that I believe this trip to be Intermediate+/Advanced with some deliciously technical downhills, exposed trails, rooty, rocky and flowing fun and not to forget some good sustained climbs...don’t skimp on the uphill training!
Killer single track start to finish and the views just keep on coming! I consider myself an advanced rider and I absolutely loved every aspect of this trip and found it very hard to let go after just one week. The guides were so fun the entire time...many laughs all around. Dave and Dom took great care of the group and the equipment. The accommodations were first rate as usual and the food...fantastic.
I made another set of new friends and cannot wait to experience yet another tour with H+I...they have ruined me for life! Book this tour and train hard...it will make your experience that much sweeter!
Another ridiculously scenic and seamlessly epic mountain bike tour by H+I.
I've been extremely fortunate to have experienced several H+I tours now and by their own incredibly high standards my expectations now start at the 'sky high' level.
Switzerland did not just meet my expectations...… it smashed them. Dave and Dom are outstanding guides, expert riders, great blokes and awesome ambassadors for their country. The riding included a little bit of everything and a lot of what puts a big smile on the dial of any mountain biker.
Great memories, strengthened and new friendships and single track heaven...… already planning the next H+I trip!
I would not hesitate one bit to recommend this tour to any serious mountain biker looking for adventure on a diverse set of trails and spectacular beauty. The guides Dave and Dominik go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, provide personalized guidance and most importantly have fun! They are expert riders and know practically every inch of the miles of trails on this route.
Been lucky to have the chance to go on a couple of H+I trips. Spain/Andalucia is a fave with long days on the bike on trails right in my wheelhouse (lots of awesome point-A to B old-school singletrack). Grabunden may do that one better, having a similar awesome-trail/minimal-van ratio with the addition of gondolas (aka much more down then up) and a wee-bit of bike park flavor tossed in.
As always, H+I have ferreted out amazing local ambassadors. Our departure being a full-house, we had two and hard to think of better guides to Swiss-goodness than Dave & Dom. Travel to the Alps on this one confident of being in good hands who know where the local-goods are (trails, pubs, whatever) as life-long residents + riders.
Definitely a five-star singletrack getaway.
One pointer - mount up a mudguard! Riding in Grabunden means riding the open range along with the local livestock. Mooooooo!
I've done a few MTB trips and this one was the certainly the best organized where we go from gondola/trams to rides, thru forests, valleys and backs of mtns, only to end up in little fairy tale like villages with great food... Simply something that couldn't be organized without the local knowledge, even outside the riding. Dave and Dom did a great job and I look forward to my next H+I trip. Thanks for doing it right.
OK before I start on the review you need to understand that this is not an easy holiday. You will have fairly long climbs (1-2 hours). You will descend some 25,000M of height - over technical singletrack which will have you crapping yourself fairly frequently. If you come on this you need to be fit, prepared to go for it on the downhills, and prepared to listen to the instructors as they will improve your skills enormously. Each day started fairly early (8:15-8:30) and we generally got to our hotel around 5pm. There were a fair few stops along the way but you will be tired at the end of each day.
OK with that out of the way, what was it like.
The two instructors, Dave and Dom were very professional but really really nice guys who went out of their way to make sure everyone was looked after at all times. As an example my wife unfortunately broke her ankle on the second day (just put her foot down badly on a rock). They assessed the injury well and called in the helicopter for her to be taken to hospital. After that though they constantly looked after her - arranging for her to stay at our hotels whenever possible and also to meet us for lunch. Dave worked out suggestions of things that she could do while the rest of us were on the trails. It really made a big difference to what was a very frustrating time for her.
As for me my skill levels advanced enormously during the week and I also really felt looked after - having the two guides there meant that whenever people had punctures the rest of the party could moved on with little disruption while one guide did the repairs. When one guys dropper post failed they were able to give him directions into the town and set up someone to carry out the repair. He only missed one part of the ride.
The scenery was absolutely stunning. The singletrack was amazing - miles and miles of it. At the start of the week I was basically using testosterone to take me over any technical stuff. They worked on my skills and by the end I was able to go over far more challenging stuff at whatever speed I chose- I was in control of the bike.
After a bad day when I fell off 5 times (3 times over the handlebars) they worked with me the next day to bring my confidence back gradually - moving me to the back of the group and giving me tips on what I was doing wrong.
They seemed to have an eye on everyone at all times and were alive to people's mood changes - again responding quickly and making sure everyone was happy.
The meals were gorgeous - all locally sourced. The hotels were all comfortable and ranged from quite luxurious to more rustic, depending on where we were.
Before each section they would explain what was about to happen - how steep, what sort of obstacles, what sort of exposure and so on. You really felt they knew every inch of all the trails, and were able to change the routes at will according to changing circumstances - when my wife was in hospital they managed to build in a visit from all of us on the way to the next Gondola.
There was a great atmosphere amongst the group and this wouldn't have been possible without such fantastic guides.
The only suggestion for improvement I could think of would be have the ability to tag on a couple of days of skills training onto the start of the holiday. My wife and myself would both have taken that option if it had been available and it would have helped us to get even more out of the holiday.
I think I've run out of things to say. It was Challenging, Brilliant, awesome and fun all rolled into one and set in the most beautiful scenery you could imagine.
I will be re-booking for next year as it's one of the best holidays I've ever had.
Thanks Dave and Thanks Dom
Wow - what a stunning holiday and exceptional week of riding. Breathtaking scenery every turn and loved that we were able to cover so much ground right from our front door each day....
Our guides Dave and Dom were amazing hosts, balancing the different needs and skill levels of the group so that we all enjoyed the right level of challenge and their extensive knowledge of the region gave us various options to choose from each day depending on how we were feeling. This approach felt very tailored and really helped ensure everyone got their fill each day.
Loved the variety of terrain, from high Alpine wilderness to woodlands and wildflower plains... always with the chance to sample top quality local lunch spots and enjoy some local culture too! Been back a week and still on a high.
Some precious memories to look back on. Another 5 star trip from H+I and Dave and Dom.... thanks all! Until next time xx Nikki and Carl x
I had very high expectations for this trip : mythical Swiss Alps scenery, day long single track adventures, remote mountain lodge, Typical and european food and wine, inspiring people to ride with, to name a few. And this mountain bike journey crafted by H+I and Dave Spielmann, our guide, exceeded them all ! A once in a lifetime adventure that any mountain biker must do !
Few magical moments among many others :
- Taking a swim in a glacier lake on Casanna pass
- Having a cappuccino at the Belvedere Albergo ristorante above Poschiavo valley
- Laughing all together during dinner after a long but rewarding day
I just completed the MTB tour Switzerland. What an amazing experience it was. Everything was up to my expectations. It is a challenging tour but we knew about it and therefore trained for it so at the end there was no big surprises. Dave, our guide, is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! A real genuine person with all the qualities of a true leader. He was instrumental in finding a quick solution for a broken bike...it was resolved within an hour. My husband got a new bike for the rest of the trip. Wow! Who can act that fast with so much compassion? Bravo Dave! Also, he coached us throughout the week so we can improve our skills tremendously. You should see what I can do now...this is so exciting!
The trails, the views, the people, the food, the accommodation; everything was perfect . Really ...perfect! The days are long but very rewarding. We had a lot of fun debriefing at the end of day.
Thanks to our team members that made the trip even better! You guys were the best!
I loved the experience, I loved the trip and I would love to go back! 🙂 That says it all.
This kind of experience reliant upon 4 main issues:
1. The quality of the trails
2. accommodations food.
3. The guide.
4. The group.
As for the trails - really amazing!!
maintained, includes breathtaking sceneries, lots of downhills that sometimes demands good technical skills, and challenging uphills as well (but the scenery in the end of each one - Wow!!).
accommodation and food - much more than I have expected. the rooms were really nice and comfy and the food always great 🙂
(won't say more, don't want to do a spoiler)
The guide - as for my opinion, it can't get better than Dave.
Dave is a kind person that has two goals throughout the adventure: to give you the best experience one can have and bring you back home safe and well. And I must say, He stands behind it!
Dave will make you a better riders and a better persons. He will always prepare you the next part of the trail and how to go through like a pro, take care of problematic situation (Any situation), excellent bike service skills, excellent guide that will help you to ride better - so listen to him even if you think you know what to do - cause he knows better 🙂
He is funny and will always help you when you need (even if you don't ask for it). He is great guy and you will have a great time with him.
The group is a subjective issue, I can only tell what happened to me. In our group, we were 4 people from 3 different continents (not including Dave) and I met extraordinary people. We had a really good chemistry between us all (including Dave) and that has made this adventure even more special.
If I try to conclude, this trip if for people who are looking to combine an effort with fun, to see great sceneries, taste a bit more than intermediate + normal level, to enjoy great local food and to have an amazing guide.
So if you think about doing this trip - don't think, you must do it!!!
After a fabulous Cairngorms trip with H+I in 2017, I eagerly signed up for their Switzerland tour. And as I have come to anticipate with an H+I trip their Switzerland trip was fantastic! I enjoyed the point to point aspect of this tour, providing an astonishing array of scenery, trails, food and lodging. This was a great way to really experience Switzerland (and pizza in Italy).
Our guides, Dave and Dominik shared their love and enthusiasm for their country and their trails. The days of riding were long, but filled with abundant single track trails with lots of flow. And lots and lots of food! The second day of the tour was my birthday and Dave arranged for a special gift of fireworks at our private mountain lodge. Hard to beat a private fireworks show on your birthday!
I'm looking forward to my next trip with H+I.
We booked this trip last minute and I had done no reaserch into what we where going to encounter. The point to point trip was amazing. The guides Dave and Dom bounced off each other and their care and attention to all people in the group, helped build a real tight nit caring team. The tracks, scenery, food and accomodation where next to faultless and this is commimg from a person with high expectations!!
A five star adventure from start to finish. We were treated to some of the most amazing trails Switzerland has to offer. Our guide David notched the trip up even further with his enthusiasm and joy in sharing his beautiful country.
The food, logistics and hospitality were first rate!
H+I have put together an incredible trip that is one epic day after another separated only by great Local inns and restaurants along with incredible vistas and trails to fill the days and ending with a great flow day to cap off a top notch week of riding.
Without a doubt the best Biking vacation I have ever taken! Well Done!
Fantastic vacation! H+I put together an amazing seven days of riding from high alpine rocky descents to long wooded single track. Our guide Dave was incredibly knowledgeable of the trails, area, and seemed to know people at each of our stops. Every day was packed with a variety of terrain and perfect lunch locations.
My bike handling improved throughout the week as a result of Dave’s coaching and he was truly attentive to everyone’s riding ability.
Great itinerary, hotels, food, and guiding.
Book this trip!
Thank you H+I Adventures for an epic and amazing trip! The team out did itself with this package- trails, guide (Dave), lodging, views and food spoiled the group while creating lifetime memories and connections to the trip's participants!
From the start, the H&I team were professional and responsive with questions and matters around the organization of the trip!
As you begin the trip, the first thing I noticed is the professionalism of the guide, Dave!
The trails were world class! It ranged from alpine (uphill/downhill/traversing), double track and flow trails! The flow trails were a treat to help master any skills you feel can improve! Everyday you'll experience panaromic views of the Swiss Alps! Pictures cannot give this experience enough justice!
As you approach the end of the trip, you'll start to realize the narrative that H+I has created with this trip! The food and accommodations were spot on with the narrative and welcoming after a day on the bike!
I highly recommend this trip if you want to experience amazing alpine trails, great food and build lasting relationships and memories!
What a week!
With fast flowing trails to technical downhills, all with the Swiss mountains as a magnificent backdrop. Our guide Dave couldn't have been better. He organised everything so the whole week ran perfectly.
He was also happy to advise on technique so that we got the absolute best out of the trails.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) mountain bike tour Switzerland
- Q. How many people will be in the group?
We only run small group mountain bike tours to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between six and eight people in each group. We can stretch to a maximum of ten if it’s a group of friends. The minimum number of people we require to run this mountain bike tour Switzerland is four.
- Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?
Our mountain bike tour Switzerland caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old. 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 intermediate+ mountain bikers. The terrain you’ll be riding on consists of double track and singletrack through thick forests, villages and across mountain passes. You’ll encounter some steep climbs and rooty sections, 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?
The distances we cover each day range from 20km to 40km, in accordance with the altitude and height gain/ loss on each stage. We 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 mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of 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 whilst riding. We have your large kit bags transferred to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
- Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills help during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your mountain bike tour Switzerland. 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 for the culture and landscape of Switzerland. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of your mountain bike tour 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?
On this mountain bike tour in the beautiful Graubünden region of Switzerland you will be staying in a selection of traditional mountain huts, and small family run hotels in both the Swiss-German and Italian regions of Switzerland.
- Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?
All meals starting with lunch on day one, and ending with breakfast on day eight. Graubünden has a diverse and high quality offering when it comes to food, pulling on Switzerlands surrounding countries to influence its dishes.
- Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?
A good quality full suspension with 140mm front travel would be ideal for this mountain bike tour Switzerland. It depends on your style of riding because this mountain bike tour Switzerland is fairly unique in that riders of differing abilties and experience can enjoy the trails equally; the more confident bikers can just ride faster!
- Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?
The daytime and nighttime temperatures vary greatly in this part of Europe, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot, and you should bring a down jacket for the evenings. It is possible that you will experience some 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 your mountain bike tour Switzerland.
- Q. Will there be a chance to get laundry done?
Yes, you will have the chance 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 in every destination we ride. 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 & safety.