A Day in the Alps

I’m often asked what is a typical day on tour in the Alps like?  First every day is unique, however there’s three elements that bind our days:  hiking, eating and sleeping great ledges.  Here’s a few insights as to what these can look like.

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The trails in the Alps are often very old trails used by sheep herders or walkways from village to village. They are commonly well marked and show the amount of time to get to the next village or trail juncture.  They become rougher the further and higher one explores.  Hiking poles are a great idea and commonly used especially for multi day hikes. Trails are seldom crowded and the folks you meet are fellow hikers thus like “family”! I enjoy guessing what nationality people are and greeting them accordingly!

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Hikers love to eat and drink!  Why not when you’re shedding unwanted pounds daily!  The European Alps offer some of the best cuisine in the world, not to mention amazing cheese, wine, beer, breads……. Most of our meals are where we stay and some are offered family style (my favorite) which gives us more opportunity to meet fellow travelers and hear their stories plus practice our  French, Italian or other wonderful languages.  Watch out if the World Cup Soccer games are on as you might the winners dancing on your table!  Meals are delicious, prepared with pride and shared with grace.  They are never rushed and offer a wonderful social interaction where new friends are made.

IMG_2008Perhaps my favorite part after a long day of adventuring is coming into our beautiful mountain hotels.  These pensions, Gite d’etapes, Refugios as they may be referred to are often private, family run affairs offering that wonderful pride of ownership.  If they are not private then they are part of a Club Alpine Francais, Italiano or Swiss.  The guardianship is something kept over many years so we see the same friendly faces every time we visit and it feels like coming home.  these forms of lodging may go from very rustic to very comfortable with private rooms and bathrooms.  Only in the mountains the bathrooms with be down the hall.  Most of our meals are enjoyed in the same hut we lodge in..  I call it civilized “camping”.  There’s nothing better like a cold beer, hot shower, five course meal and comfy bed in my own little room at the end of the day!

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SWITZERLAND: Land of the Giants

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Friday January 8, 2016

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SWITZERLAND:  Land of the Giants  –  A photography journey by Hilloah Rohr, European Alps Cultural & Hiking Guide  

  Take a virtual tour through the beautiful Berner Oberland, ride the cog train inside of the famous Eiger and land at the top of the world, visit Bond World and the Piz Gloria, gaze at the streaming waterfalls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, hike in the face of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, see cheesemaking and dance with the elves!  Named a UNESCO world heritage site, this is one for your bucket list.  

Come enjoy these magical giants on Friday January 8 at EntreAmigos from 5:30-7:00pm.  Introduction by EntreAmigos scholarship fund students.  The show  is free with a  suggested donation of 100 pesos to go to the scholarship fund.

  For more information please visit:  http://hilloah.com/alps-hiking-tours-3/tour-of-the-jungfrau-switzerland/ or call 541 815 0073

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Getting off the tourist path!

Val Veny streamGetting off the tourist path…..tired of vacationing at all the popular tourist spots?  My experience is that most tourists flock to the same places.  There’s so much more out there! Deepen your experience, adventure where others don’t, travel in small groups, mix with the culture!  Be adventurous!

 

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Eat & hike your heart out!

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IMG_0426   EUROPEANS LOVE THEIR CUISINE!  WHERE ELSE CAN ONE EAT LIKE THIS & HIKE?  

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Hiking European Style!

The European Alps offer the hiker a respite where they can enjoy a meal, their local beers & wines, wonderful coffee or tea. Enjoy a lively conversation, practice a new language, make new friends. Rest well in the mountain hotels and continue exploring!IMG_2008 2008 Switzerland

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SWITZERLAND: Land of the Giants photo journey 7-8 pm Wed. Sept. 30 in Bend, Oregon

Join us for a magical photo-journey hour exploring Switzerland: Land of the Giants! 

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Wednesday September 30 from 7-8pm @ The Wine Shop & Beer Tasting Bar                                             55 NW Minnesota, Bend, Oregon

come early and enjoy a glass of Beer or Wine!

SWITZERLAND: LAND OF THE GIANTS 
 
  ~ A Photo-journey of the Berner Oberland featuring the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau ~
Presented by Hilloah Rohr, European Cultural & Hiking Guide and Photographer.  
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Free to the public!  21 and over 
For more information:  www.hilloah.com or email hilloah@hilloah.com
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Tour Switzerland: Land of the Giants ~ August 2016

Switzerland: Land of the Giants

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Tour Dates: August 15 -25. 2016
11 day tour
Price: $3,495*

Switzerland at it’s best!  Spend your days wandering in the gaze of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch (the ogre, young girl and the monk).  Pretty impressive company!

Based at a cozy view Hotel in Lauterbrunnen, we take full advantage of the Swiss cog trains and gondolas to explore new vistas daily.  Some nights are spent up high in comfortable mountain lodging.  Always enjoy your private room at the end of the day (double occupancy, single available at an increased fee).

Speaking of high, we visit the top of the world!  Only the Swiss would think to dig out a cog train line that carves up inside the Eiger, ending at 13,000’ on the Jungfrau.  Once on top, we walk on the glacier and discover the ice carved caves and artwork at the Jungfraujoch.

There’s never a dull moment as we visit the roar of Trummelbach Falls, cheese making in the mountains (with wine of course), Piz Gloria the rotating restaurant on the top of the Schilthorn where we visit James Bond World, hike the UNESCO Eiger Trail next to the north face of the Eiger, explore the amazing waterfalls of the Lauterbrunnen valley.  That’s just for starters.

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The Details:

  • mostly hotel based hiking with some point A to B hiking
  • suitable for intermediate level and above hikers
  • all lodging included
  • all land transportation included
  • breakfast & dinners
  • access from Bern, Zurich or Geneva airports
  • tour starts and ends in Lauterbrunnen
  • tour restricted to an 8 person maximum
  • Price is $3,495 for 5-8 people

COME JOIN US FOR THIS AMAZING JOURNEY ` IT WILL LIVE WITH YOU FOREVER!

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Switzerland Tour 2016

 

 June 25 – July 5, 2015

Hill above col du fromage1 copyVisit this sunny corner of France right along the Italian Border and enjoy spring at it’s finest.  Friendly hiking trails and vistas filled with wildflowers, lakes, wildlife and untouched historic villages adorn this beautifully preserved regional park.  Immersed in French culture, you’ll know you’re pleasantly off the “tourist path”!  Discover ancient salt traders tunnels, the path where Hannibal took the elephants over the Alps, Napoleon’s routes, Fort du Queyras.  End each day in a charming hotel/pension withyour own comfortable room and French cuisine!  Voila!

$2,995 includes
private room (double occupancy)

breakfast & dinner
ground transportation during tour
guiding 
peace of mind 

Join us for the journey of a lifetime!

  • Small groups
    – 6 person limit
  • Close to nature
  • Exquisite lodging
  • Regional cuisine
  • Culturally rich
  • Affordable
  • A real vacation
  • Custom tours * ask us!

The Journey is the Destination ~ For Complete Information Inquire Within”

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Custom & Self Guided Tours ~ Your time, your way!

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visit the magical Alps of France, Italy, Switzerland
and cities of the region 

It’s all your choice:

when you travel  –  where you go  –  what type of lodging – difficulty of trails  –  travel itinerary –  cities and connections

MAKE IT YOUR OWN 

PROVIDED SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • itinerary design
  • arrival and departures
  • reservations
  • maps & guides
  • logistics

Let me help you to custom design your precious time in a manner that directly fits your time and needs. Once designed, I provide you with needed books, maps and materials, I make your reservations for you, provide you with a suggested packing list and other helpful travel information. You design the package, I do the work. You’re ready to go!

Possible routes include:

  • Dolomite Dayhikes Tour
  • Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Tour de La Vanoise
  • Tour du Queyras
  • Tour of the Jungfrau
  • Le Gorge du Verdon
  • Magic of Monte Bianco
  • Chamonix Valley Dayhikes
  • Mysterious Venice
  • Belluno Italy

 email us at hilloah@hilloah.com for more information.

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” —John Muir
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HAPPY WINTER SOLISTICE!

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE!
Time to let go of all we don’t wish to have present in our lives and invite in that which we wish to fill our lives with.

This is a great time to set out intentions (verses resolutions).

“Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.”

INTENTION

Attention energizes, Intention transforms
Intent is desire without attachment
Intent is for the future, attention is in the present
The future is created in the present
Accept the present as is, do not struggle
The present is awareness
The past is recollection, memory
The future is anticipation
Be free from the burden of the past and the present becomes fertile for the creation of the future

“You are what your deepest desire is.
As is your desire, so is your intention.
As is your intention, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed, so is your destiny.” The Upanishadsprayer flags

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