What we're about

A community of amazing people and endless outdoor adventures.

What stories will you tell?

"Happiness is only real when shared", built through exciting adventures and told through captivating stories.

Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing... There must be something for you!

https://touringmonkeys.com

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Touring Monkeys (the “Organiser”) legally operates under Spofibo GmbH, an outdoor event company registered in Switzerland. Touring Monkeys (the “Organiser”) provides organised activities (the “Events”) to interested individuals (the “Participant”).

By booking or participating in an event, the Participant confirms that he/she has read, understood and agrees to the Terms and Conditions: https://touringmonkeys.com/terms-and-conditions .

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TERMS OF PAYMENT

The full amount has to be paid upon booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If the Participant cancels his/her booking:

- 30 days prior to the Event start date, a cancellation fee equivalent to 50% of the Event cost applies.

- Less than 30 days prior to the Event start date, a cancellation fee equivalent to 100% of the Event cost applies.

The Participant can sell his/her booking to another interested party who meets the fitness requirements of the particular Event. In this case, the Organiser is entitled to an Administration Fee of CHF 30.

The Organiser reserves the right to cancel any Event for any reason whatsoever. In the event of cancellation by the Organiser, the Participant will be offered an alternative Event or a full refund. However, this will not apply for cancellations due to force majeure; (adverse weather conditions, war, strikes, earthquake, flooding, epidemic, etc). The Participant is responsible to have adequate insurance to cover these circumstances.

EVENT CHANGES AND CANCELLATION BY THE ORGANISER

The Participant is aware that the conduct of outdoor events depends on uncontrollable external factors particularly weather conditions. In this regard, the Organiser has the full right to change the itinerary prior to or during the Event or to cancel as deemed necessary for reasons of unforeseen circumstances, operational concerns, or concerns for the health, safety, enjoyment, or comfort of the Participants of the Event. Any changes are at the discretion of the Organiser.

COVID RESTRICTIONS

No COVID certificate is required for Touring Monkeys outdoor activities. However, some of our events imply meals, overnight stays or travels that might require a certificate. It is the participant's responsibility to check the current measures in place and do the necessary before the event start.

You can check the Swiss current measures and ordinances here: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/massnahmen-des-bundes.html

Upcoming events (4+)

Jungfrau summer sports weekend

Needs a location

CHF 230.00

Your registration will only be valid if you sign up on our website. Here is the link to sign up: https://touringmonkeys.com/events/jungfrau-summer-sports-weekend/
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Join us for a weekend at the charming and authentic Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald, in the gorgeous Lauterbrunnen valley. A tremendous place with the most beautiful views of the Bernese Oberland 4000ers.
The hostel is located within the Jungfrau alpine resort. Two valleys, three mountain ranges and countless trails to explore by foot or on a mountain bike. The summer paradise with the backdrop of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau offers outdoor enthusiasts everything their hearts desire: hiking and mountain bike trails, via ferrata, rivers to swim or practice white water sports, perfect spots for paragliding...

We will be all together for breakfasts, dinners and drinks, and during the day you're free to do whatever you feel like doing: hiking, via ferrata, mountain biking, chilling at the pool or spa in Mürren... There is something for every taste!

What's the plan?

Meet at the hostel on Friday night and enjoy a homemade oven-baked pizza while listening to the live concert with the most stunning background.

On Saturday and Sunday after breakfast, feel free to do whatever you feel like doing! Celine will be probably hiking or heading to Mürren for the via ferrata and we will bring some additional via ferrata sets, helmets and harnesses for you to use, Alex will probably be mountain biking (mountain bikes can be rented out in Mürren). And you can also book a paragliding tandem flight or a day canyoning or rafting in Interlaken... Everything is possible!

On Saturday evening we will prepare a nice dinner for everyone at the hostel and enjoy another night with some drinks on the terrace.

Insurance

It is the participant's responsibility to get health and accident insurances that cover mountain rescue, including extreme sports. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).

How to get there

If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
Friday: Zurich HB 15:02 - 17:47 Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn (via Bern, Interlaken Ost & Lauterbrunnen)
Sunday: Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn 15:42 - 18:28 Zurich HB (via Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken Ost & Bern)

If you are traveling by car, you can park at Parkplatz Schilthornbahn. The parking fee for 3 days is CHF 25.

Pricing

The price for this event is CHF 230 to sleep in a dorm, CHF 270 to sleep in a double room or CHF 300 to sleep in a single room.

Included in price:
-2 nights of accommodation at Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald
-Bedding and towels
-Homemade oven-baked pizza for dinner on Friday
-Dinner with beers and wine on Saturday
-Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
-Raid-the-fridge policy to prepare your picnics and get snacks
-Water, tea & coffee
-Goldencard Mürren Sportzentrum including reduced price for outdoor whirlpool and spa
-Access to several via ferrata sets, harnesses and climbing helmets available to use
-Boards games & snooker game
-Fun social community

Not included in price:
-Transport to/from Gimmelwald
-Lunches
-Alcoholic drinks (bar at the hostel)

Group size

Min. 10 participants
Max. 18 participants

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Your registration will only be valid if you sign up on our website. Here is the link to sign up: https://touringmonkeys.com/events/jungfrau-summer-sports-weekend/

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Introduction to outdoor rock climbing weekend - Top rope climbing

Needs a location

CHF 420.00

Your registration will only be valid if you sign up on our website. Here is the link to sign up:
https://touringmonkeys.com/events/introduction-to-outdoor-rock-climbing-weekend-1-18-june-22-top-rope/
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Step outside and learn outdoor rock climbing to have a wonderful summer season!

You will learn new skills, discover beautiful climbing spots, and find the joy in outdoor climbing. This course is aimed at you becoming a more confident climber.

This trip is led by Tim Dunham, climbing instructor.

Learn the fundamentals about outdoor climbing: equipment, safety & communication, hand-foot climbing techniques, understanding guidebooks, and more. You will practice in a group setting on single pitch routes to maximize learning, fun, and safety. This introduction course is perfect to begin your outdoor climbing career.

After this course, you can join our second introduction to outdoor rock climbing weekend 2/2 - Lead climbing on June 25 - 26, 2022.

What's the plan?
Meet Tim in front of the Schwyz train station at 09:00 on Saturday. Shuttle to Ibergeregg, Passhöhe. The first half of the day will be dedicated to understanding the equipment, fundamentals of outdoor climbing, and safety rules. During the second half of the day, you will be able to put theory into practice and rock climb.

At the end of the day, we will settle into a lovely hotel located at the pass where we will enjoy the evening with a nice dinner and spend the night.

After breakfast on Sunday, we will return to the crag and practice the skills we learned on Saturday. After a second full day of climbing, we will walk back to Ibergeregg and Tim will give you a lift back to Schwyz train station for you to return home.

Requirements
No previous climbing experience is needed (some indoor climbing or bouldering experience is a plus). If you are fit and keen to try outdoor climbing, we are happy for you to join us.

Insurance
It is the participant's responsibility to get health and accident insurances that cover mountain rescue, including extreme sports. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).

How to get there
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
-Saturday: Zurich HB 08:05 - 09:01 Schwyz
-Sunday: Schwyz 16:59 - 17:55 Zurich HB - depending on the time the event finishes

If you are traveling by car, you can park the car at Ibergeregg pass.

Kit list
Clothing Essentials:
-Hiking or approach shoes
-T-shirt
-Climbing trousers
-Fleece
-Down jacket
-Waterproof jacket
-Sun hat
-Sun glasses
-Warm hat
-Buff
-Thin gloves
-Thick gloves

Night Essentials:
-Sleeping bag liner
-Ear plugs

Technical gear:
-Backpack (20-30L)
-Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
-Climbing shoes
-Climbing harness
-Climbing helmet
-Belay device
-Locking carabiner
-Chalk bag (optional)

F&B:
-Water (min. 2L)
-Snacks
-Packed lunches

Pharmacy:
-Sun screen and lip protector
-Plasters and basic medicine

Wallet:
-ID
-Health insurance card
-Air rescue membership card (e.g. Rega, Air Glaciers)

Equipment rental
You have the possibility to rent the following items:
-Climbing helmet: CHF 10
-Climbing harness: CHF 10
-Belay device: CHF 10
-Locking carabiner: CHF 10

All items listed above: CHF 30

Pricing
The price for this event is CHF 420.

If you book both courses, you get a package discount of CHF 40 to be redeemed on the second course on 14 & 15 May 2022.

Included in price:
-2 full days of climbing in a small group with a certified climbing instructor
-Shuttles between the train station and the pass
-Accommodation on Saturday (dorm)
-Dinner on Saturday
-Breakfast on Sunday
-Use of climbing ropes, quickdraws, etc.

Not included in price:
-Transport to/from Schwyz
-Lunches
-Drinks and snacks
-Equipment rental

Group size
Min. 3 / Max. 6 participants

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Your registration will only be valid if you sign up on our website. Here is the link to sign up.

Hike & Navigation course by the Mythen - Learn to read a map and use a compass

Needs a location

CHF 90.00

Your registration will only be valid if you sign up on our website. Here is the link to sign up.
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With today's technology, it has become so easy to spend time in the mountains without any navigation skills. All the apps and modern tools that now exist are amazing and it would be a shame not to use them, however, it's also really important to be able to be in the mountains without them.

During this snowshoe hike by the famous and stunning Mythen, the focus will be on learning or getting a refresher about how to use basic navigation tools: map, compass, features around us...

What's the plan?

We will meet at 09.00 at Brunni SZ, Rest. Brunni bus stop. The focus of the day will be to improve your navigation skills. For that, the day will be split into stages, alternating walking times and various activities.

Stage 1: Introduction of the navigation tools
Learn to read the map with its main features and legend, plan our itinerary, understand the compass.

Stage 2: Where am I?
Locate yourself on the map using features around you.

Stage 3: What is around me?
Knowing where you are on the map, identify the summits and other features around you using your map and compass. Learn to read your surrounding landscape.

Stage 4: Find your way without visibility
Using our compass and azimuth bearings, we will play some games to practice having to move on a terrain without any visibility (snow, fog...).

Technical information

-T3 hike
-12km
-630m ascent/ 630m descent

How to get there?

If you are traveling by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
-Zürich HB 07:43 - 08:52 Brunni SZ, Rest. Brunni (via Wädenswil and Einsiedeln)
-Brunni SZ, Rest. Brunni 17:31 - 18:48 Zürich HB (via Einsiedeln and Wädenswil) - depending on what time the event finishes

Kit list

Must have:
-Hiking boots
-Pen, pencil and/or highlighter
-Notepad
-Small backpack with waterproof cover
-Quick-dry t-shirt
-Fleece
-Down jacket
-Waterproof jacket
-Hiking trousers
-Sun hat
-Gloves
-Sunglasses
-Water
-Packed lunch

Nice to have:
-Compass if you have your own
-Hiking poles
-Snacks

Pricing

The price for this event is CHF 90.

Included in price:
-Hot drink and croissant at arrival
-Day hike with a mountain leader
-Navigation course
-Printed A3 map of the area + compass
-Post-event documents with all information learned during the day

Not included in price:
-Transport
-Packed lunch

Group Size

Minimum number of participants: 3
Maximum number of participants: 8

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Your registration will only be valid if you sign up on our website. Here is the link to sign up.

THRIVE Nature and yoga retreat

Needs a location

CHF 2,600.00

Spend a few days in the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Switzerland with secluded and pristine nature. Disconnecting to Reconnecting. Allow yourself to truly thrive by moving your body with yoga and on hikes. Find calmness and clarity in your mind through meditation.
Bathe in the forest, forage mountain flowers, dip in a refreshing mountain lake, and find deep relaxation.

Feel yourself being inspired and blooming from the inside. Treat yourself with care, eat healthy & natural meals all the whilst staying in beautifully renovated former barns where history meets comfort. And see yourself meeting like-minded women and entering into a community where you can be yourself and where you feel supported to THRIVE.

This event is hosted and led by Ruta Mikulenaite from ‘Be Outside Coaching’, one of our Touring Monkeys’ partners.

What's the plan?

  • Forest bathing and nature connection practices
  • Plant Forging
  • Eco-Nidra
  • Hiking
  • Swimming in the mountain lakes
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Chanting bowls
  • Mid Summer Celebration
  • Hot tub
  • Group and 1:1 coaching

Nature connection practices:
Get to know Forest Therapy (japanese Shinrin Yoku) - the art of connecting with nature with your senses.
It's a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellbeing through immersion in forests & other natural environments.
You will also practice an EcoNidra- a way to relax in Nature.

Yoga practice:
We will practice energizing pranayama (breathing) exercises in the morning and will tone our bodies in Vinyasa flows. In the evening you will get to relax - through Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra you will learn to soften into your body & life and find peace in any situation. You will experience the power of breath, the power of movement, and the power of using your mind to create what you want - and thrive.

Every yoga experience level is welcome. Yoga practice will be led by Selin, a yoga teacher, and empowerment coach.

Community practices:
A retreat is always a co-creation. You can bring the whole of yourself and your life to this retreat and connect to like-minded women on this journey. We will celebrate mid-summer together and above all - we will celebrate you & life. We will dance, laugh, and share real-life together. We will chant & sing. Everything is welcome and ok in this space of full acceptance because with acceptance comes space - space to thrive.

You will walk away:

  • feeling inspired & lit up
  • with a refreshed body & mind and a strong vision forward
  • filled up with memories of nature and sharing this journey with like-minded women
  • with a newly gained thrive to take care of yourself and go for what you really want in life
  • with concrete tools from yoga & nature that help you reconnect, re-energize & thrive

Food during retreat:
You will eat healthy & natural food prepared by a private chef. Allow your body to energize with seasonal & local goodness. Find joy in eating the rainbow on your plate and feel yourself becoming more grounded and feeling comfortable in your own skin.

The retreat venue:
Anako Lodge - a unique place where history meets comfort.
ANAKO LODGE consists of different 400 years old mountain huts that have been beautifully renovated on the inside allowing you all the comfort that helps you settle in and feel at home immediately. On the outside of the barns, the historical look has been preserved.

Your home is a secluded & magical place in the middle of nature and with beautiful 360 views of the surrounding mountains. The lodge will be completely private for our group. To relax you can sip a coffee, lose yourself in a good book or immerse yourself in the warmth of the hotpot.

How to get there
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
-Zurich HB 08:02 – 11:40 La Sage, Col de la Forclaz (via Visp, Sion, Les Haudères)
-La Sage, Col de la Forclaz 17:37 – 21:28 Zurich HB (via Les Haudères, Sion, Visp, Bern)

Pricing
The price for this event is:
CHF 990 Standard room with shared bathroom
CHF 1,150 Superior room with shared bathroom
CHF 1,250 Private house with private bathroom

Included in price:

  • 2 nights in a unique location and modern mountain chalets
  • natural & healthy food freshly prepared by a private chef (all meals included)
  • snacks, tea, coffee
  • all retreat activities: yoga, nature activities, hiking etc.
  • welcome gift & retreat booklet
  • group coaching + 1:1 coaching

Not included in price:

  • your travel expenses to and from Anako lodge
  • insurance

By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood, and will adhere to Be Outside Coaching’s cancellation policy:
-2 weeks before retreat: non-refundable
-1 month before retreat: 50% refundable
-If retreat has to be cancelled by the organiser, 100% of the amount will be reimbursed

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Day hike with wild plant foraging & cooking

Needs a location

CHF 90.00

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