Welcome to HikeandTrek


I am very pleased about your interest in the guided hikes of Hike and Trek. I have been hiking for more than 40 years in various mountain areas of Switzerland, Austria, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia.

During this time I’ve gotten to familiar with the most different terrains and people. This knowledge plus decades of experience I let flow into all Hike and Trek hikes and let you participate in them.

I am looking forward to exciting hiking tours with you.

Sincerely, your hiking guide, Martin Tanner

Safety & health on the mountain

Safe, healthy and relaxing mountain hiking is my first priority. Not only movement plays a role, but also nature, because both have a positive influence on the psychological state of mind during hiking. It raises the mood and makes people feel more relaxed and at ease. In addition, walking stimulates the brain cells, strengthens the ramification of the nerve cells and releases additional energy through the increased oxygen supply. It is therefore also a good remedy against listlessness.

Regular walking also minimizes the risk of age-related memory loss by 50 percent and increases the ability to concentrate, as a study by the University of Pittsburgh shows. So the well-known saying "Things are looking up" is no accident. In other words: hiking is healthy - for body, mind and soul.

Nevertheless, insurance is a matter for the participants.

Martin Tanner, VBV hiking guide
Sonneggstr. 29, CH-6330 Cham
41 41 781 13 84
Mobile: +41 77 478 52 41

Structure of the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) Trekkingscale

The SAC Trekkingscale serves the evaluation of Mountain moving ways. It is divided into six different degrees: T1 (easiest) to T6 (most difficult) whereby “T“ for Trekking stands.

Application and Interpretation Notices

The tours in the area of mountain and alpine hiking are always evaluated under the assumption of favourable conditions, i.e. good weather and visibility, dry terrain, suitable snow and firm cover, etc.

By "hikeable" glaciers the hiking scale understands the following: Glaciers and firm fields which, under normal conditions in summer, are softened to the extent that any crevasses are clearly visible and can be bypassed without the risk of crevasse falls. (This corresponds to the reality on various hut paths). Under these conditions, high-altitude mountaineering equipment is not necessary. It goes without saying, however, that on such tours, in unfavourable conditions, elementary equipment (ropes, crampons) and knowledge of their use may be required.

A serious misunderstanding, and one that repeatedly leads to delicate situations, is the assumption that hiking stops where the high tour scale begins. In reality, an alpine hike in the upper difficulty range (T5, T6) is generally significantly more demanding than, for example, an alpine tour with an L rating. A major difference to the easy alpine tour is that on a T5 or T6 route (formerly BG) it is rarely or never possible to secure yourself with rope or other aids and therefore the corresponding terrain must be absolutely mastered, which requires a high level of technical as well as psychological skills. Typical examples are extremely steep grassy slopes, pathless craggy terrain with poor rock or very exposed ridge passages. Because of the different characteristics of a typical high tour and a typical "extreme hike", it’s impossible possible to make a comparison, but it can be assumed that a T6 route has comparable requirements to a high tour in the range up to winter semester.

Issue: 5 September 2012

Current Tours

Guided day hike from Pilatus Kulm to Alpnachstad / from Lucerne


Important information

Please check the evening before whether you have packed all equipment and snacks! To avoid long waiting times in Alpnachstad, please buy a train ticket from Lucerne to Pilatus Kulm. Participants who are in possession of a GA will have to pay a surcharge for the cogwheel railway.


The hiking day begins with a train ride from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Here you change to the world's most modern and steepest cogwheel railway, which takes passengers up to Pilatus Kulm in 40 minutes. Once at the top, the descent begins at the terrace of the Hotel Pilatus Kulm, leading to the Chilchsteinen in 20 minutes. The hike follows the very rarely used alpine path westwards over the alpine meadows Laub and Alpnacher Fräkmünt and further down to the alpine Restaurant Lütoldsmatt, where lunch is taken.

After an extensive lunch break, we take the alpine road downhill to the mountain chapel, which leads into the Franzosenstrasse. In this remote forest area, which used to belong to the Cellard brothers, the forests were heavily cleared in the 19th century as a result of industrialisation. From 1834 onwards, they had a forest road built for the removal of the trees, which has since been known as the Franzosenstrasse. Apart from the route, there is hardly anything left to recognise from the old road. From here, the route leads past the beautiful Alpnach village, the Alpnach bay and the Stanserhorn. Continue on a tarred road past the donkey farm Schürmatt down to Alpnachstad.

Here we decide whether to take the train or the boat back to Lucerne and thus bring the hiking day to a comfortable end.

Essential equipment for this hike

- Ankle-high hiking boots with a good grip profile, well broken in - 1 daypack - hiking trousers - hiking socks - 2 breathable hiking shirts or T-shirts - 1 breathable rain jacket - 1 breathable rain trousers - hat - gloves - scarf - sunglasses - sun cream - lipstick - Dächli cap - telescopic poles - seat cushion - handi, camera, binoculars - water or thermos bottles and wallet.


Date Tour 1: 8 August 2023
Date Tour 2: 15 August 2023

Registration deadline for Tour 1: 4 August 2023
Registration deadline for Tour 2: 11 August 2023

  • Meeting point Lucerne Tourism, Lucerne train station: 07:50 a.m.
  • Start train journey to Alpnachstad: 08:12 a.m.
  • Descent: 1'633 m
  • Technical difficulty: T2
  • Hiking time without breaks: 5-6 h
  • Price: CHF 95 per person
  • Group size: Min. 6, Max. 11 participants
  • Languages spoken: German and English

Insurance: Is the responsibility of the participants

Included: Planning/publication and implementation by licensed hiking guide.

Not included: Rail and rack railway rides. Hiking provisions and meals in restaurants.

Inquiries: / +41 77 478 52 41

Registration form

Bank details: IBAN No. CH43 0900 0000 3436 6290 3, Tanner Martin

Complete hiking program

hikeandtrek plans and organizes guided hikes for individuals, couples, families and small groups up to 15 people in various mountain resorts in Switzerland, such as Gstaad, Adelboden, St. Moritz, Kandersteg, Grindelwald, Interlaken, Engelberg, Goms or in your desired destination.

You can view and download the welcome flyer of hikeandtrek here.

Cultural Hiking Programme


Cultural hiking program with handicraft and artisan tours

Discover with the hiking guide, Martin Tanner of Hike & Trek VBV old and rare craft traditions of Switzerland, combined with beautiful hikes in our unique mountain and hill regions of Switzerland.
Their interest helps the performing professionals to support them in their culturally valuable and important activities. This gives them the freedom to develop and perfect their almost forgotten craft techniques and artisan skills.

Our offer is divided into 1-day, 2-day and 3-day cultural tours. The craft tours are conducted either in the morning or in the afternoon. Lunch is either in a local restaurant or we have a picnic. This depends on the place, season and type of hike. In addition to the guided tours, we also plan to hike for about 3 hours.

Booking / Program: Hike and Trek, Tel.: +41 41 781 13 84 / Mobile phone: +41 77 478 52 41 / Email:

Guided tours with hikes