Berner Oberland Hiker
Swiss Alps hiking
Afternoon coffee, Berner Oberland
Hiking in the Berner Oberland
Mountain View, Berner Oberland
Fondu `Dinner, Berner Oberland
Wash basins at Mountain Lodge, Berner Oberland
Morning at Mountain Lodge, Berner Oberland

Self-Guided Across the Berner Oberland Hike

Quintessential Swiss hiking inn-to-inn

Trip Details

Location Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Length 10 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Hotels, Mountain Huts, Mountain Lodge
Group size 1 - 10+
Jun 25, 2024 - Sep 25, 2024
Land Cost
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.


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Additional Information


  • 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.


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.


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.


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 This Trip

A non-refundable deposit of $500 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 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, 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 trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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“Having worked with DJ before, we knew we could count on you for a trip we knew we'd enjoy.  That was our first consideration in engaging your help with our trip.”


“ We would definitely recommend DJ to anyone who asks us about our trip!...  We both LOVE self-guided trips and have loved all of the ones you have provided for us.  I feel like anyone with good hiking experience and the confidence to travel in a foreign country can do self-guided.  We have become very comfortable traveling like this and would do it again in a heartbeat!”

Kathryn R and Rick K., Sudbury, MA

“Having worked with DJ before, we knew we could count on you for a trip we knew we'd enjoy.  That was our first consideration in engaging your help with our trip.”

Kathryn R. and Rick K., Sudbury, MA

The hotels were splendid. Your trail directions were flawless. We were moved by the mountains grandeur and grateful to have time amid them. 

Sandy C. and Selina R., ME