We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability


This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.


This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.


This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.


Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

Alpine Challenge

Tackle high mileage and challenging terrain through deep green valleys and over Alpine passes.

A challenging hike in what might just be the world’s most beautiful mountains.

People here at Overland like to debate which of the world’s mountain ranges is the most beautiful. I always argue for the Alps. Here’s why: the mountains are beautiful (giant glaciers up high and deep green valleys down low), but the Alps are more than just the mountains. The Alps are the mountains, plus the charming villages, plus the scattering of little farm buildings way up in the farthest reaches of the highest valleys and snowiest passes, and the Alps are the cows—right next to you on the trail and high above you in remote summer pastures—with cowbells ringing and the sound tumbling down the mountainsides.

We’ll hike in two spectacular areas: the Bernese Oberland and Matterhorn region in the Valais. Each area offers its own charms: in the Bernese Oberland, it’s lush and green (think Vermont in the summer), and the Matterhorn region is arid and scented with pine (think of the Sierra Nevada). Both areas offer challenges—real challenges: long miles and big climbs!—so this is a trip for hard-working students who are fit, individuals who are ready to challenge themselves, and group members who are eager to work together.

In the end, though, the trip is more than beauty, and it’s more than challenge. It’s an Overland trip, so that means it’s about the group and your role in it. Every day your caring, supportive, wonderful Overland leaders will encourage you to be a great friend, a great group member, and a great leader. And they will do that by being that way themselves.

The world’s most beautiful mountains? There’s no way to settle that debate; you’ll just have to come see for yourself.

Experience Alpine Challenge

Have a question about availability?

Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672

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Overland offers introductory, hiking, language, and service programs domestically and abroad for students in 4th through 12th grade.