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Via Alpina: Bernese Oberland Traverse

€890 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter options.

Enjoy the most iconic hiking route in Switzerland in the most impressive parts of the Swiss Alps in Bernese Oberland. This independent hiking tour following the spectacular ‘Via Alpina’ (a.k.a Bear Trek) along breathtaking mountain passes and unbelievably beautiful glaciers along the three most famous mountains in Switzerland: Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch. You will witness the whole color palette of the ‘Via Alpina’ markings (purple, yellow, green, blue and red) along the way. If this does not impress you, just imagine that it stretches across seven different countries all the way to Monaco.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8/6 Days I Difficulty: 5 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 nights incl. breakfast (different category accommodations available; check the Rates & Remarks tab for details); luggage transfers (1 piece of luggage up to 20kg per person); roadbook in English; service hotline
  • What is not included
    Tickets for public transport, mountain railways and cable cars. Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Best period
    July, August, mid-September
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Day 1. Arrival day
Individual arrival to Meiringen.
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Day 2. Meiringen – Grindelwald (14km, 4-5hrs, +700m/-980m)
You start your self-guided walking tour with a bus ride to Rosenlaui which will be your starting point for today’s hike. From there, you continue walking upward towards the “Grosse Scheidegg” offering a great view to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. These three summits form the famous Bernese Oberland trio. Your goal is to reach Grindelwald.
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Day 3. Grindelwald – Wengen/Lauterbrunnen (17km, 6hrs, +1155m/-915m)
Today’s self-guided hiking trail will lead you to the „Kleine Scheidegg“. If you feel energized, you can even continue walking to Jungfraujoch. There is a diversity of small paths you can opt to follow to the Lauterbrunnen via the magnificent Trümmelbach waterfall or past Wengen if you’re in a more laid-back mood. There is also an option to hop a train and finish the day’s itinerary.
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Day 4. Wengen/Lauterbrunnen – Griesalp/Pochtenalp (21km, 7,30hrs, +1315m/-1415m)
An early morning cable car ride takes you all the way up to Mürren to start following the independent hiking section foreseen for the day. You will enjoy stunning Alpine views, including a snow-covered Sefinenfurgge in the early summer months.
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Day 5. Griesalp/Pochtenalp – Kandersteg (17km, 7hrs, +1450m/-1690m)
Brace yourselves for the most impressive day of this independent walking tour. Today you will undertake a long and steep trek to the Blüemlisalp. You will have the opportunity to reward yourself with a nice local meal at the high altitude Swiss mountain pasture. After a nice rest, you can continue down to Lake Öschinen via the impressive glacier moraines. You can shorten the rest of the route by taking the cable car into the valley instead.
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Day 6. Kandersteg – Adelboden (12km, 4,30hrs, +835m/-1220m)
You take the cable car up to “Allmenalp” from where you hike up to “Bonderchrinde”. The view on the surrounding peaks is breathtaking. The trail leads down into the valley to Adelboden.
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Day 7: Adelboden – Lenk (14km, 4,30hrs, +700m/-980m)
From the widely-known village of Adelboden you walk towards the Hahnenmoospass. Wonderful views to the peak of mount Wildstrubel guide your way down to the valley Simmental. You will spend one last night in the Bernese Oberland.
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Day 8. Departure day
Our services end after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
Category A (6 x middleclass hotels, 1 x traditional mountain hotel (shared toilets and showers):
890 Euro per person (10-25/09)
945 Euro per person (02/07-09/09)
Category B (7 x family-run guest houses, shared toilets and showers):
810 Euro per person (10-25/09)
865 Euro per person (02/07-09/09)
*N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: Category A: 310 Euro; Category B: 250 Euro
Solo Traveler supplement: Category A: 370 Euro; Category B: 310 Euro
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of July and mid-September. Demanding trek for experienced hikers: sure footedness, a good head for height and good fitness level is required for this alpine hiking tour. Some shortcuts are available if the weather is bad. How to get there: take train to Meiringen (then you have a few walking minutes or short taxi transfer to the starting hotel). Return from Lenk to Meiringen by train, duration approx. 3 hrs.
Accommodation
Category A: 6 x middleclass hotels, 1 x traditional mountain hotel (shared toilets and showers)
Category B: 7 x family-run guest houses, shared toilets and showers
Bed & breakfast included;

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