This portion of our signature tour is a superb trip that covers the most scenic and challenging sections of the Alpine Pass Route across the Bernese Oberland region. Our tour differs from most tours of the Bernese Oberland by adding a memorable detour to an area that should not be missed, the beautiful Gasterntal valley outside of Kandersteg. The Bernese Oberland tour is a beautiful collection of supreme alpine scenery, remote inns, and quiet trails. On this strenuous inn-to-inn tour, you’ll hike to a new location almost every day, crossing high, steep passes, and will stay in quiet remote valleys. The standard tour stays in a mix of 3-star village hotels and remote mountain inns, and includes luggage transfers, so you will have it with you 4 of the 5 nights, and will only need to carry a large daypack. With two high passes to cross, this is a great inn-to-inn tour for strong hikers who like remote and beautiful regions.
Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel – a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and juice – which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you’ll be out on the trail for 6-9 hours, with detailed route notes and rainy day options.
You should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your hotel. After that, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant most nights. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on 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. When you’re doing just Part B of the Bernese Oberland Traverse, we normally leave dinner in Murren free for you to explore on your own.
If you would like a longer self-guided tour for the full 10-night route from Meiringen to Gasterntal, see our Self-guided Bernese Oberland Traverse page. If you would like to hike the 1st half of this trip, our Self-guided Bernese Oberland Traverse, Part A covers days 1-5 from Meiringen to Murren, and goes through a more populated area with the most famous mountains and very good options for long and short hikes both. Part A of this tour is also a better choice for June tours, with trails that tend to open a few weeks earlier than on Part B of this tour.
Mürren – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train and cable car to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains.
Enjoy your first stunning introduction to the Bernese Oberland and unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps. Mürren is a fantastic base for dayhikes, and if you have extra time, ask about adding a day or two to the beginning of your tour here. You might not want to leave! Dinner is left free tonight in Murren.
Griesalp – Your tour starts right out with a big day. The trail meanders up and up into the deep recesses of the Sefinen valley before crossing the first of two major passes, Sefinenfurke, into the tiny hamlet of Griesalp.
A long climb past Rotstock hut and over the pass, followed by a very steep descent, is rewarded by a cozy night at our rustic and traditional inn.
Kandersteg – You’ll need an early start for our most challenging day of the tour, crossing your second major pass, Hohtürli. The trail leads relentlessly uphill to the Blümlisalp hut at the pass, where you can stop for lunch.
Descending from the hut, you’ll hike past glaciers and high mountain peaks to the jewel-like Oeschinen lake – an emerald-green lake surrounded by cliffs which has to be seen to be believed. For bad weather, or if you simply don’t feel like tackling the pass, you can take a bus around to Kandersteg and enjoy a mellow dayhike to the lake instead.
Gasterntal – You’ll quickly escape town on a quiet path leading south towards the Klus gorge and into the hidden Gasterntal valley.
The power of the Kander river is impressive as we climb through this narrow gorge into the Gasterntal valley. This is a picture-perfect hideaway – a small, U-shaped valley, carpeted with wildflowers and guarded by savage cliffs. Waterfalls bursting from the sides of cliffs add to the scenery. Stay in a pleasant inn with great mountain and waterfall views.
Gasterntal – For your grand finale, one of our favorite hikes is a strenuous climb to the nearby Lötschen pass.
Old Roman trails lead you through meadows and woods, with a short stretch across a glacier, to the small hut at the pass where the views to the south are superb! Return to the same inn at the bottom of the valley that night. A fitting way to end a great tour.
depart – Today you say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for Kandersteg and your post-tour destinations.
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