||Berner Oberland, Switzerland
||Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
||Hotel, Mountain Hut, Mountain Lodge
||1 - 12+
Jul 1, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
|Single Supp Cost
Hiking Trip Summary
This is Switzerland the way you’ve always imagined it; glacier-carved valleys, breathtaking peaks cloaked in shawls of massive ice and snow, wood chalets adorned with flowers, lush green meadows ringing with the sound of cowbells.
Beginning in Lauenen, just up the valley from Gstaad, and ending at the foot of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, this trek across the Berner Oberland will not disappoint anyone who has dreamed of hiking through the Alps. The richness of the rural mountain landscapes captured in the breadth of this 10-day route conspires to create the quintessential Swiss alpine experience.
The small Swiss villages of Lenk, Adelboden, Kandersteg, Griesalp, Murren, and Wengen will become our destinations and the mountains Wildhorn, Wildstrubel, Blumlisalp, Doldenhorn, Wetterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau, Monch and Schilthorn will become part of our vocabulary. In exchange for your efforts, the mountains will share their power and simplicity, their wildflowers, their breathtaking views and the satisfaction of arriving on foot.
Day 1: Individual transfer to your hotel in Lauenen, Switzerland.
Day 2: From the hotel in Lauenen you'll begin your hike up to Triuttlisberg Pass. From here the route continues climbing until just below the Stubleni. Following a rocky ridge through an area of mini-craters, you then descend to Lenk via the cable car.
- Mountain Hut Option: From Lauenen you can hike to Gelten Hut and spend the night. The next day you can hike to the very rustic Wildhorn Hut for the night or hike to your hotel in the village of Lenk. Bunkrooms in the huts. Dinner and breakfast are served at the hut.
Day 3: Leaving the village of Lenk, the day begins with a climb through wooded hillsides that open onto high mountain pastures on the way to Hahnenmoos pass. Hiking along the crest of Sillere on a clear day, you may get your first glimpse of the distant Jungfrau as you make your way down into the town of Adelboden.
- Mountain Hut Option: Just beyond Adelboden is the hut Berghaus Bunderalp. It is a simple cheese farm that welcomes hikers for the night. Bunkrooms. Dinner and breakfast are served at the huts.
Day 4: As you hike east of Adelboden, the landscape takes on a different character as the mountains become steeper, more rugged, and more glaciated. From Adelboden, you transfer to Bunderalp. The trail continues up the valley, passing through a beautiful boulder-strewn pasture and then climbing steeply to reach to the Bunderschride. Descending, you have wonderful views down to the Kander valley and across to the mountain lake of Osechinensee and towering peaks of the Blumlisalps.
Day 5: Rest day in Kandersteg. This is an opportunity to rest sore hiking muscles or explore a little of Switzerland beyond Kandersteg.
Day 6: Today begins with a spectacular mountain bus transfer to the isolated hamlet of Griesalp. The bus passes through idyllic Swiss villages and then begins climbing; switch-backing through forests and between waterfalls until it reaches Griesalp perched on a high alpine plateau. Leaving your packs at the hotel, you can hike up to Bundalp for lunch at a classic mountain hut.
- For those who want a more challenging hike if the weather is good, it is possible to reach Griesalp via the high pass of Hohturli. This option is a strenuous plus hike.
- Mountain Hut Option: It is possible to hike up to the Hohturli pass from Kandersteg and spend the night at the remote Blumlisalp Hut. The setting for this hut is dramatic. The next day you descend to Griesalp for the night. Bunkrooms. Dinners and breakfast are served at the huts.
Day 7: The route from Griesalp up to Sefinenfurke is another demanding mountain hike, but well worth the effort. Leaving the pastoral landscape behind, your route climbs across barren glacial cirques before ascending steeply to the pass, Sefinenfurke (8,620′), which reveals our first spectacular view of the Jungfrau. The descent from the pass to Murren is long and pleasant, dropping quickly at first, and traversing through broad open grasslands with imposing views of the Monch, Jungfrau, and Eiger. Your day ends in the pleasant car-free village of Murren, resting dramatically on the western rim of the Lauterbrunnen valley.
- Mountain Hut Option: From Griesalp you can hike over the Sefinenfurke Pass to the rustic Rostock Hut where you can spend the night. The next day your options include either hiking to a hotel in Murren or hiking to the wonderful and secluded Obersteinberg Berghotel. This simple mountain hotel (bring your flashlight, no electricity) offers a wonderful overnight experience, including a candlelight dinner! From the berghotel, you can continue to Wengen the next day. Bunkrooms. Dinner and breakfast are served at the huts.
Day 8: The hike from Murren to Wengen is comparatively easy and so allows for a more leisurely day. The descent from Murren into Lauterbrunnen passes through the village of Gimmelwald, concluding with a valley walk beneath sheer rock faces etched with magnificent waterfalls. From Lauterbrunnen, another hour-and-a-half climb will bring you to the resort town of Wengen, also car-free.
Day 9: You are now in the heart of the Berner Oberland and your route converges with that of other tourists that come to view the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. As you climb to the Kleine Scheidegg through picturesque forests and alpine meadows, these amazing peaks and glaciers feel a breath away. From the Kleine Scheidegg, there are options for afternoon excursions, including continuing down to the well-known village Grindelwald or up to the famous Jungfraujoch.
Day 10: Depart Wengen. Please allow for travel time when making plans.
Our self-guided itineraries can range in length from 5 to 10 or more days. We are happy to customize your trip to suit your timeframe, interests, and abilities.
- General consulting regarding hiking dates and abilities
- Travel information and suggestions
- Detailed Swiss Topo maps covering the route
- Detailed trail notes – we keep our notes updated and as accurate as possible
- Additional information covering various aspects of your trip (i.e., lunches, laundry, water, alternate transportation, etc.)
- All overnight accommodations (hotels with private baths as described in the itinerary, other overnight accommodations may vary)
- All breakfasts
- Most dinners
- All private taxi transfers, if any, as detailed in the final itinerary
Note: For some hut stays we can only make and confirm reservations, and you will pay directly in cash at the hut. These exceptions will be clearly indicated in your final itinerary.
The above may change depending on your final confirmed itinerary.
Airfare, lunches, any transfers or excursions on trains, lifts, buses, taxis, luggage transfer, Swiss Travel Passes, extra charges due to changes in itinerary, items not on set dinner menu, some dinners as described in the final confirmed itinerary, beverages (except for what is served at breakfast), insurance, and items of a personal nature. This may change depending on your final confirmed itinerary.
SWISS TRAVEL PASSES
Switzerland has a wonderfully extensive, organized and efficient public transportation system. There are any number of passes available through the Swiss Rail service that can help economize on your travel within Switzerland, as well as help make your travel go more smoothly. Passes allow for reduced fares on most, but not all, trains, buses, lifts, and ferries as well as on transfers on unaccompanied luggage.
For more information on how your self-guided trip might benefit from a Swiss pass, please contact us. Or, you may also like to visit My Switzerland and Swiss Rail.
This hike is typically not luggage supported. You will need to carry a moderate-sized pack with all the clothing and accessories you will need for the duration of the hike. (See our Sample Packing List.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight to 20 lbs., including lunch and water. Any extra luggage or belongings you may have will be waiting for you at your last nights’ accommodations.
It is possible to transfer luggage between most villages on this route using the Swiss Rail service. Please contact us for more information about how this works.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES
We use three- and four-star family-run hotels that are comfortable, accommodating and reflect the local character.
The huts on this route offer a basic overnight stop. All are set in wonderful places. They have shared co-ed bunk rooms and shared facilities. The mountain inns, or berghotels, have simple private twin rooms and shared facilities.
Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels, huts, and berghotel. Lunches are generally picnic style along the trail.
The nearest airport to the starting point at Lauenen is Geneva. Train travel from Wengen back to the Zurich Airport will take about 3 hours; for train travel to the Geneva Airport will take 3 1/2 hours. The first train departs Wengen at about 5:15 am. Please allow for travel time when making plans.
Our Across the Berner Oberland: Self-Guided starts in the village of Lauenen. Lauenen can be reached easily by bus or taxi from the town of Gstaad.
This itinerary generally ends in the village Wengen.
WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?
Our Across the Berner Oberland trip offers a nice mix of strenuous and strenuous plus hiking with some long days. This is a great route for experienced hikers who enjoy full hiking days in the mountains and comfortable evenings in classical Swiss villages.
For more information, a more-detailed itinerary that includes elevation gains, loss, and distance, or to register, please contact us. We're happy to share a list of past participants willing to share insights into this self-guided Across the Berner Oberland Hike experience.
Reserving a Trip
A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept
MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one
of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the
area provided when completing your registration forms.
Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided
Trips page for specific information regarding the process.
The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to
departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as
As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information
pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form,
medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip
rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most
Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.