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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.

Overview Itinerary

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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Tour Price

$5,995 USD per person double occupancy

$599 single supplement

Reserve your place on this tour with a $500 per person deposit

Trip Dates

19 July 2021 - 30 July 2021

16 August 2021 - 27 August 2021

30 August 2021 - 10 September 2021

11 July 2022 - 22 July 2022

18 July 2022 - 29 July 2022

15 August 2022 - 26 August 2022

29 August 2022 - 09 September 2022

Or, book a private departure

Trip Highlights

  • Hike lush Lauterbrunnen Valley where 72 waterfalls plunge over high cliffs, then explore a ten-tiered underground waterfall
  • Hike through the spectacular Bernese Oberland amid soaring peaks, alpine meadows, and jeweled lakes
  • Get off the beaten path to discover remote rural valleys and seasonal hamlets
  • Follow the route of the Via Alpina, with a celebratory conclusion in Gstaad

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