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Classic Swiss Alps Walk

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8 Days
 Trip Starts
Kandersteg
 Trip Finishes
Kandersteg
8 Day Classic Swiss Alps Walk Itinerary (Exodus)
Countries Explored: Switzerland
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Trip Style
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code
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Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Exodus 8 Day Classic Swiss Alps Walk. Kandersteg is located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks. This area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: lush green meadows bright with wildflowers, against a backdrop of rugged, wild mountains, topped with glistening glaciers.

Itinerary

You arrive in time to settle in and perhaps enjoy an aperitif before dinner. Stay: Standard hotel.

It's a gentle start today with a spectacular cable car ride (included) to ascend to the Allmenalp (1,725m), a colourful meadow brimming with rural mountain charm. There are stunning views across the valley to the Oeschinensee with its magnificent turquoise-coloured waters and towering cliffs adorned with waterfalls. From the summit the 360° view is nothing less than spectacular, with 12 mountain peaks above 3,000m in close proximity, and occasionally eagles frequent the adjoining peaks. Optional shorter walk: 3.5hrs, distance 11km/7mi. Stay: Standard hotel.

This is a day full of thrilling experiences, starting with an exciting 20-minute minibus ride (included) along a narrow road literally carved out of the rock wall. The Gasterntal is Kandersteg's 'hidden valley', dozens of snow-fed waterfalls thundering down the sheer rock faces carved out by a gigantic glacier 10,000 years ago. From this romantic nature reserve, and with the mighty rock walls of the Tatlishorn and Atels towering on the right, you follow the spectacular Klus Gorge where glacial meltwater rushes down over thundering waterfalls. Optional shorter walk: 3.5hrs, distance 13km/8mi. Stay: Standard hotel.

Widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Bernese Oberland, Oeschinensee is, in our view, the most beautiful Alpine lake in Switzerland. After a short ride up on the gondola (included), you climb to the viewpoint at Heuberg. Nothing can prepare you for the cobalt blue of the water surrounded by the razor-edged peaks of the Doldenhorn (3638m), towering 2000m above it, and striped by dainty waterfalls trickling down from the Frunden glacier. Stay: Standard hotel.

A gentle, peaceful route takes you along the bottom of the upper Kandertal Valley to the world-famous Blausee - Blue Lake where you join a fabulous walking trail following the impressive Nordrampe railway as it makes its way through tunnels along the side of the mountain. Shorter options available. Stay: Standard hotel.

The Sunnbuel cable car (included) whisks you up to nearly 2000m, from where you climb to a fantastic ridge walk along the Uschinengrat (2200m). If you're lucky, you'll spot wild deer on the upper slopes. You might fancy lunch at the renowned Schwarenbach Hotel, where Lenin and Picasso have signed the visitors' book. It's then on past the Daubensee (sometimes still partially frozen) to the famous high Gemmi Pass (2322m), a major transalpine route first used by the Celts. The extraordinary panorama of the Valais Alps to the south includes the Matterhorn (4478m) and Monte Rosa on the Italian border. Optional shorter walk: 4.5hrs, distance 15km/9.5mi. Stay: Standard hotel.

Today starts with a 25 minute rail ride (payable locally) through the mountains up to the village of Hohtenn where your route takes you high above the Rhone Valley, and through a landscape of gorges, plunging waterfalls and small colourful villages hemmed in by vineyards on the edge of this fertile valley. Optional shorter walk: 4hrs, distance 10km/6.5mi. Stay: Standard hotel.

If pre-arranged, return to Zurich via Kandersteg rail.

Trip Inclusions

  • Have spectacular views of the region: Eiger, Jungfrau, Matterhorn, Monch
  • Hike along well-marked trails amongst stunning Alpine flowers
  • Relax in a friendly, family-run hotel with heated indoor pool, sauna and excellent cuisine

  • 7 nights at Hotel Alfa Soleil
  • 6 days walking; averaging 5 hours per day
  • All breakfasts and dinners plus 6 picnic lunches
  • All accommodation
  • GPS route directions
  • Kandersteg guest card and travel pass for cable cars, funiculars, gondolas and local buses
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