Inn-to-Inn Hiking in the Bernese Oberland
Once you’ve experienced this highly-favored route from the Jungfrau region to Kandersteg, Adelboden, Lenk, and Gstaad you’ll see why we call this “The Filet of the Swiss Alps.” This is the perfect trip for experienced Jungfrau or Haute Route hikers looking for hidden treasures and exciting new surprises. You'll be treated to luggage transfers every night of our stay, so you can hike with just a light daypack. Our selection of superb hotels, fine cuisine, and the scenic splendor of the Bernese Alps make this an Alpenwild signature trip.
Hike Spectacular Scenery in Remote Alpine Valleys
Backpacker Magazine recently proclaimed the Via Alpina the "World's Best Hike"—and who are we to disagree? As we traverse this classic alpine terrain highlighted with the most scenic lakes, towering cliffs and bucolic villages in all of Switzerland, you’ll stay in absolutely charming chalet-style inns and 4-star hotels. There's hardly a moment when you're not within view of a waterfall—some of which are among the tallest in Switzerland. We cross alpine passes and high alpine meadows with commanding views.
We escape the tourist trail and find our way to car-free villages and remote alpine hamlets. We linger in Griesalp, Kandersteg, and Adelboden to enjoy dayhikes, excursions, and cultural treasures that the through-hikers miss. Gstaad makes for an impressive conclusion, and you'll see why this little farming village drips with celebrity appeal.
Undiscovered Hiking Gems Across the Swiss Alps
The National Route 1 Via Alpina spans Switzerland from East to West—from Liechtenstein and the Rhine Valley to Montreux and the shores of Lake Geneva with the peaks of the Mont Blanc range ahead. The entire route covers 370km/230 miles and features 19 stages.
This trek showcases the Bernese Alps portion of the Via Alpina and encompasses stages 11-16. We start in Grindelwald at the base of the North Face of the Eiger and pass within view of many of the most stunning peaks of the Alps. This trek can be combined with the Alpenwild Via Alpin from Sargans to Grindelwald (Stages 1-10).
Combine World-Class Hiking with Superb Cuisine
Every Alpenwild trip places a high priority on the wonderful cuisine and regional food specialties of the region in which we travel, and our Bernese Oberland Traverse is no exception. Farmstead alpine cheeses, rösti, and mouth-watering smoked sausages, and a continuous supply of Swiss chocolate will fuel your hiking adventures.
Day 1 – Arrive Lauterbrunnen - Welcome and orientation
Day 2 – Lauterbrunnen Valley, Trümmelbach Falls, Gimmelwald, Mürren
Day 3 – Mürren, Rotstockhütte, Sefinenfurgge, Kiental
Day 4 – Griesalp, Alpine cheesemaking, Wildwasser
Day 5 – Hohtürli, Öeschinensee, Kandersteg
Day 6 – Kandersteg
Day 7 – Adelboden
Day 8 – Adelboden, Engstligenalp
Day 9 – Hahnenmoospass to Lenk
Day 10 – Lenk to Gstaad
Day 11 – Gstaad, Glacier 3000, Evening in Gstaad
Day 12 – Morning in Gstaad. Depart for return flights
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