High Trails of the Bernese Oberland

Highlights

  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery amongst the highest peaks in Switzerland including the Eiger and Jungfrau
  • Experience the picturesque Swiss alpine villages such as Grindelwald and Meiringen
  • Enjoy the culinary specialities such as Raclette
  • Share your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

A stunning walk capturing the essence of Switzerland; emerald alpine lakes, soaring snow capped peaks, flower laden meadows and quaint wooden farm houses. The Bernese Oberland is a region dominated by high peaks, many over 4000m. Following a section of the Alpine Pass Route that crosses the country, the walk traverses from Lenk, known for its stunning variety of wildflowers across high passes to the famous ski resort, Grindelwald and Meiringen, lower down on the Aare River. From a variety of vantage points be rewarded with impressive views of vast glaciers, some of the highest peaks in Switzerland including the Eiger (3970m), Jungfrau (4158m) and Finsteraarhorn (4274m) while to the north glimpse the vast lakes surrounding Interlaken (Thunersee and Brienzersee). At night experience traditional Swiss alpine hospitality in the mountain huts designed to comfort weary walkers and feast on simple yet hearty cuisine. Note - a self guided version of this trip is available.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. lunch is picnic style. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges and gîte hostels on a dormitory share basis
  • Luggage transfer by minibus (10kg limit) and some walking transfers
  • Experienced mountain guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lac de Tzeuzier, walk to Lenk (5hrs, +650m, -850m)
You will meet your guide mid morning to start your walk. We recommend you have a pre tour night in Sion -accommodation suggestions can be found in our pre tour information. From Rawil Dam (1778m) we skirt around the lake and ascend alpine meadows to reach the col de Rawill (2429m) to cross into the Bernese Oberland. There is a long descent amidst the limestone walls of the rocky mountain landscape to reach the small settlement of Iffigenalp (1584m). Transfer to Simmenfälle and Lenk.
Day 2 Walk to Engstligenalp via the Col d'Ammerten (2443m) (5hrs,+1300m, - 500m)
A beautiful ascent today past the Simmen waterfalls to the Col d'Ammerten (2443m). The route takes you through pastures on the slopes of Mt Wildstrubel before the trail descends to Engstligenalp (1964m).
Day 3 Walk to Kandersteg (6hrs, +700m, - 1400m)
The high limestone walls of the Bernese offers breathtaking views with its stark beauty against the backdrop of Mt Engstilgen. The route takes you over the Chindbetti Pass (2623m). Following time to absorb the view, we descend along a balcony trail with a frontal view of the mountains of l’Altels and Balmhorn and then continue to Kandersteg.
Day 4 Ascent of the Hohtürli Pass and descend to Kiental (6hrs, +1600m, -1350m)
A beautiful hike to the lake of Oschinen and the mountain pastures of Bägli. In front the Glacier Blüemlisalp is in view as we ascend the Hohtürli pass (2778m) at the foot of the massif Blümlisalp (3663m). The extraordinary glacial cirque of Lake Oeschinensee altitude (1578m) is a just reward for our climbing efforts. One last look at Kandertal before a rapid descent into the Kien valley (Kiental).
Day 5 Walk to Mürren Lauterbrunnen (4158m) (6hrs, +1200m, - 1700m)
Another day of big ascents and descents as you set out this morning from Kiental. Today takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Bernese as we ascend the col de Sefinen (Sefinenfurgge pass). The trail through alpine meadows takes us part small hamlets of chalets decorated with flower boxes in full bloom. From the pass we gain superb views of the Jungfrau (4158m) and the Eiger. Descend to Mürren.
Day 6 Walk to Grindelwald (7-8hrs, + 1200m, - 1200m)
Walking in the alps doesn’t get much better than today’s hike. The focus of the day is an ascent of the Kleine Scheidegg (2061) and skirting the north faces of the Jungfrau, Mönch and the Eiger (the Maiden, the Monk and the Ogre). These three mountains are perhaps the most famous trio in the world and have challenged climbers for over a century. We follow the passage of the "Kleine Scheidegg” inspired by the massive walls above us, before reaching Grindelwald. There is the option of taking an alpine train ride.
Day 7 Walk to Meiringen (5hrs, +750m, -500m), trip concludes
The final day takes us on an easier but no less spectacular walk to Meiringen, crossing the Grosse Scheidegg (1962m) at the foot of Weitterhorn. The descent to Meiringen takes us over pastures with wildflowers blooming. Trip concludes on arrival in the town.