Guided Bernese Oberland Traverse – Part A

Switzerland Inn-to-inn

This tour covers the most scenic and challenging sections of the Alpine Pass Route across the Bernese Oberland, our home region in Switzerland.

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  • Length
  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 27 – Jul 02, 2017
    Jul 18 – Jul 23, 2017
    Aug 08 – Aug 13, 2017
    Aug 20 – Aug 25, 2017
  • Tour Cost
  • $3395 per person
    $250 single supplement
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Description

This route, which is also known as the via alpina, was recently named the “World’s best hike” by Backpacker magazine, and we agree! Our tour differs from other tours of the Bernese Oberland by adding a memorable detour to remote Obersteinberg, that absolutely should not be missed. This tour is a beautiful collection of supreme alpine scenery, remote inns, and quiet trails. On our inn-to-inn tours we’ll move to a new location nearly every day, crossing many passes, and we’ll stay in a combination of 3-star village hotels and traditional country inns, where you’ll have a private room with bathroom down the hall. We’ll have one night without our luggage when we will need to carry just a few extra things, and on other days we’ll send the luggage ahead, so you can hike with the freedom of a small daypack.

Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn – delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for a full day of hut-to-hut hiking.

Soon we’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, where often you’ll get to choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day and we explore the Alpine Pass Route. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!

We should finish our hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You’ll have your own room every night, often with private bathroom. Each evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn. These are multi-course feasts, featuring local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue.  Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and can cater to vegetarians, gluten-free or other dietary requirements.  Dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious.

If you are interested in joining us for the full 10-night tour, please see our Guided Bernese Oberland Traverse page. If you’re interested just in the 2nd half of this tour, see our page on the Bernese Oberland Traverse, Part B for days 6-10 of the full tour from Murren to Gasterntal.

Map of Guided Bernese Oberland Traverse – Part A

Itinerary

Day 1

Schwarzwaldalp – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the quiet town of Meiringen to start the Bernese Oberland tour. 

We’ll meet in the afternoon and take a bus ride up to our remote inn to start the tour. Waterfalls and imposing mountains watch over us in this relaxing corner of the Alps.

  • Schwarzwaldalp Inn
  • D

Day 2

Grindelwald – After a hearty breakfast, we’ll hike over the Grosse Scheidegg pass and enjoy our first views of the Eiger and of the Grindelwald valley.

With 10,000 vertical feet separating valley from peak, Grindelwald sits at the base of one of the most impressive vertical mountain walls in the world. Perhaps we’ll detour via the postcard-perfect Bachsee lake before winding down to the glacier village of Grindelwald and our lovely 3-star hotel.

  • Hotel Gletschergarten
  • B / L / D
  • 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2750 ft up, 2390 ft down. Please note there are longer and shorter options for most days

Day 3

Wengen – Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg pass. 

The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious climb in the Swiss Alps. We’ll descend to the quiet village Wengen for a restful night.

  • Hotel Bären or Sunstar
  • B / L / D
  • 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 1720 ft up, 2840 ft down

Day 4

Obersteinberg – We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains on the way down from Wengen. Our trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor. 

After a break for lunch, we’ll hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn in one of the most spectacular corners of the Bernese Oberland.

  • Obersteinberg Inn
  • B / L / D
  • 6-8 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 3230 ft up, 1580 ft down

Day 5

Mürren – We have a couple of trail options today – the first, a panoramic climb over a high ridge with breathtaking views in every direction, the second, a beautiful wooded hike filled with waterfalls. 

Both lead through sleepy Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains. This marks the end of Part A of the tour. Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.

  • Hotel Edelweiss or Bellevue
  • B / L / D
  • 5-7 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2880 ft up, 3350 ft down

Day 6

depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.

  • B
Included 3 nights 3-star hotels
2 nights mountain inns
all breakfasts and lunches, 5 dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
luggage transfers between villages
1st class Transfer Ticket rail pass

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