Switzerland

Switzerland is a winter sports paradise and a wonderful hiking destination.

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Landlocked at the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a relatively small country, located between the stunning Alps in the south and the Jura mountains in the north. It is divided in 26 different cantons, with different customs, languages and traditions, resulting in a culturally diverse nation. Famous for its neutrality and political and economical stability, it is not a member of the European Union. The spectacular mountain scenery makes Switzerland a very popular holiday destination in the continent, with countless options for all tastes. The sunny Italian-speaking region of Ticino is a perfect destination for a relaxed summer vacation. Wine lovers should visit some of the country’s spectacular terraced vineyards.

 

 

 

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What’s the weather like?

Switzerland has a temperate climate. During winter, most of the country receives generous snowfalls. Summers can be quite humid and warm. Autumn is usually cool and dry, and spring is idyllic, full of flowers and with warm temperatures.

Getting there:

Conveniently located in the heart of Europe, getting to Switzerland is pretty easy. The main international airports are at Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Bern and Lugano. Trains arrive from all parts of Europe daily and often in hourly intervals. You could also get there by bus, although the most scenic way to arrive is by ferry, if you are coming from Italy, France or Germany.

Language:

German, French, Italian and Romansh. Each language is spoken in different regions, although most of the people in the country’s major cities are fluent in English.

Country Code:

+41

Currency:

Swiss Franc (CHF)

Best time to visit:

If you are looking for snow, winter is the best time to come, although you can ski all year round in many resorts high in the Alps, like Zermatt. For hiking and other activities the best time is from April till September, when the weather is milder, although it may rain in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stine
Guide Guy-Robert May was absolutely excellent in the strict sense of being a mountain guide. He demonstrated outstanding knowledge of the route, safety procedures and technical aspects of the climb. However, I noted that Guy-Robert and the other local guides working with clients during my ascent seemed singularly interested in getting their work-day done quickly. I came to understand a few aspects behind their motivation. Firstly, I noted the guides don\'t want un-guided climbing groups to follow their route. Secondly, I learned that many of the guides have back to back bookings and need to return to the Hörnli Hut or Zermatt to meet their next clients at a certain time. Given that this is their profession, I understand the guides\' desire to move things along quickly. Unfortunately rather than being forthcoming, the guides attempted to justify their reasons for such speed solely under the pretense of safety. After 30 years of mountaineering throughout the world, I am keenly aware that speed equals safety in the mountains. However for many including myself, the joy of climbing includes more than just the physical challenge. Taking moments to enjoy being in the mountains can be just as important as reaching the summit. Simply pushing a client to move as fast as possible leaves little room for that enjoyment. On the Matterhorn like any climb there are positions of relative safety. The summit and Solvay Refuge specifically come to mind. I would have liked to see my guide provide for a more leisurely stop in these areas to afford me time to enjoy my surroundings. I would highly recommend Guide Guy-Robert May to anyone solely intent on conquering their intended Swiss summit. However, for those looking to enjoy their climbs, immerse themselves in their surroundings and indulge in the technical skills being used this type of booking may not be for you. I regret not having a critical conversation with my guide about his climbing strategy prior to finalizing my booking. I am very happy to have made the summit and give all of the credit to my guide. Be that as it may, I would not book another climb with him or Explore-Share without specific assurances regarding the intended climbing philosophy.
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William Kerr
Here is the summary of my experience with Explore-share and Enrico: Explore-share was one of several companies I considered before my trip to the Alps. I was very happy with my choice from the moment I sent my first email. The staff members responded promptly and answered all of my questions very clearly and kindly. I was blown away with the professionalism they have demonstrated. Two days after sending my first email I was in contact with my guide, Enrico. With Enrico we climbed different routes in the area of Mt. Blanc and practiced different techniques for about ten days. Enrico was an excellent guide. He was patient, thoughtful, and improved my skills tremendously. He was very thorough and safety conscious. After ten days of climbing I felt a lot of trust between the two of us, which I believe makes us a good team for future climbing adventures. I would highly recommend Explore-share and Enrico to anyone who is planning to explore the beauty of the Alps and take the challenge of climbing these magnificent mountains. During my trip I met Italian, French, Swiss and German guides. All of them were extremely enthusiastic and nice. Going to Europe for climbing? Choose European professionals. You will not be disappointed.
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