Bergwandercamp: Hiking

What kind of hikes and activities are there?

Participants organise the hikes themselves. All groups are open to others. If you prefer, you can hike on your own. Other activities are excursions to spas, paddle boat trips across the Swiss lakes, rafting, playing cards on the terrace, swimming in mountain lakes, sitting quietly alongside a mountain stream, sunbathing and reading a book…

What is the difficulty level?

That is up to you. Most participants choose trails in the mountains which are easy to hike for guys with average fitness and not requiring any special equipment (other than good hiking shoes—which are essential). In Switzerland, these trails are marked white/red/white. There are also hikes leading to moderate summits and across glaciers. High-level trails and valley walks are also enjoyed.

Are there any rules?

Bergwandercamp is a privately organised framework for your activities. This means that you are responsible for your own security, health insurance and other forms of insurance.—Every day a list is compiled, recording the destinations, the participants of a hiking group and their expected time of return. Each participant is provided with a form with the address and telephone number of the group house. There is space on the form to enter your home address and the details of a person to be contacted in the event of an emergency. You should keep one copy of the form with you when hiking. The other copy remains with the organising team.

5 men stand on a rock
Hiking in the Mattertal, 2010

Kitchen teams in Bergwandercamp

Cooking and cleaning duties: What's involved?

Each participant, as part of a kitchen team, is responsible on one day for the meals and keeping the house clean and tidy. On the first evening, groups of 4 to 6 guys get together to form a kitchen team. Kitchen duties begin at 6:30 am with the preparation of breakfast (buffet style). When everyone else has left the house in the morning, the kitchen team cleans the communal areas in the house. They bake a cake for the afternoon and cook an evening meal which is served at 7:30 pm.

Where do the meal ideas come from?

Each kitchen team decides on what to cook, and gives a shopping list to the two guys in the organising team.

Nobody is left alone

Nobody is made responsible for everything on their own or left to work alone. Great friendships have been made in the kitchen teams. Participants show their appreciation with great applause. And the day after, the Alpine holiday continues.

4 men in the kitchen
Cooking together is fun