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Self-Guided Walking in the Bernese Oberland
Switzerland - Trip code WSOS Walking and Trekking
Days 7
Deposit From £115
Was From £1269
Now from £1149
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Walk the most famous Balcony in the Alps, from Lenk to Grindelwald on this self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Alps. Admire the mighty peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as you follow paths offering a great variety of mountain landscapes from balconies, green valleys, and traditional Villages filled with colourful flower-filled window boxes to stunning high altitude lakes. This is a challenging but exhilarating hike in one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the entire European Alps.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 6

      Dinner: 5

    • Trip staff

      None

    • Transport

      On Foot

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      Accommodation

      6 nights standard hotel

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      Walking grade:

      Challenging

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Trip starts Lenk

    Your accommodation for the first night of this trip is in Swiss village of Lenk. Set in stunning mountain scenery the Alpine town of Lenk has its own thermal pools. If you arrive early today you may wish to hike to the foot of the Wildstrubel massif which takes between 3 and 6 hours and is between 7.4km to 23.5km, depending on the route you choose.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Hike from the Swiss village of Lenk across the Hahenmoos pass to Adelboden

    Leaving Lenk today you take a beautiful ascent up to the pass of Hahenmoos (1956m). From here you hike downhill into the pastures all the way down to the village of Aldelboden where you spend the night. This charming chalet village is home to a 15th century church and largest fondue parlour in the region!

    Today's 14km walk is expected to take approximately 5 hours and you will ascend 1000m and descend 1250m.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 3 - Trekking from Adelboden to Kandersteg

    Today you have a challenge ahead of you with a demanding but rewarding hike. The walk starts off passing through the cow-filled meadows of Allmenalp, with the path slowly getting steeper as you rise up towards the top of the pass. Here you will be able to soak in the beautiful scenery and amazing views over the Alps. Cross the Bunderspitz pass at 2,546m and enjoy the scenic but steep descent into the Ueschinen Valley to Kandersteg where you spend the night.

    Today's walk is between 16 km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours and you will ascend 1250m and descend between 700m to 1350m.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 4 - Walk from Kandersteg to Griesalp mountain inn

    Travel to the highest point of the trip with the pass of the Hohtürli (2778m), at the foot of the Blümlisalp massif (3663m). Start by taking the chair lift to a lake which is fed by a series of mountain creeks and its power harnessed to help provide electricity and water to a local village. From here you walk to Griesalp, where you will spend the night at a welcoming mountain inn.

    Today's 14km walk is expected to take approximately 6.5 hours and you will ascend 1200m to 1600m and descend 1400m.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 5 - Walk from Griesalp via Mürren, train to Lauterbrunnen

    Walk through the middle of rich pastures with decorated chalets with a backdrop of glaciers and high mountains, dominated by the Grosshorn (3754m) and Breithorn (3785m). The route takes you along a pass and then descending to Murren where you take the train down to Lauterbrunnen where you spend the night.

    Today's 14km walk is expected to take approximately 6.5 hours and you will ascend 1210m and descend 975m.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 6 - Hike from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald

    Start with a climb up to the waterfalls of Trümmelbach, a series of ten glacial-waterfalls carved inside the mountain. Next this spectacular stage due to the numerous waterfalls and views nearby peaks goes along the north face of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains using a pass at 2061 metres. Descend to Grindelwald where you spend the night.

    Today's 20km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours and you will ascend 1250m and descend 1050m.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 7 - Circular walk from Grindelwald. Trip ends Grindelwald.

    After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

    If you have extra time we suggest that you go and discover the Faulhorn (2680m), a first class summit you can approach in four different ways and which offers an exceptional view of the high peaks around and further to the valley and its lakes. You can walk directly from the hotel, take a cable car to 2168m or take the local bus and a trail at the foot of the Weitterhorn Mountain. Alternatively you could take the rack railway. This is a 21km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours. This can be shortened depending on which route you take.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Switzerland

    Climate

    Summers are generally warm, or even hot, with a three-month period when rain rarely falls. When it does rain in this season, it is heavy and often accompanied by thunder. There are as much as eleven to twelve hours' sunshine a day in summer, but as with anywhere in mainland Europe it can occasionally be cold and wet. Early and late summer is generally the best times to visit this region.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    3 Pin Round

    Religion

    Catholic

    Language

    German

    Budgeting and packing

    Clothing

    Light clothes suitable for walking in warm weather are recommended (July and August can be extremely hot). However early and late in the season (May/Juneeptember/ October) also bring warm clothing in case of drops in temperature or the odd shower. A fleece jacket is a good thing to have at any time of year when in the mountains .

    Footwear

    Well worn, sturdy walking boots with good ankle support are essential for the walks. We recommend bringing sandlas and trainers for relaxing in the evenings.

    Luggage: On tour

    Bring one main piece of baggage as per your airline luggage allowance, maximum 20 kg per person. Remember you may need to carry your luggage at times so don't overload yourself. When travelling on public transport you should always keep your luggage with you.

    Luggage transfer

    Included between hotels.

    Equipment

    Bring a personal water bottle (at least 2l capacity) and sun protection for use during the walks. You may find a trekking pole useful over the downhill sections. You may also wish to take a swimming costume and towel.

    Tipping

    Local fees
    Cable cars and chair lifts can be used to alter the distances of the walks. These will need to be paid on the spot locally.
    Day 2 - Sillenrenbül to Bergläber = 10 CHF
    Day 3 Adelboden to Oye = 4 CHF or you can take the bus.
    Allmenalp to Kandersteg = 11 CHF
    Day 5 - Stechelberg to Murren = 11.4 CHF
    Day 7 - Grosse Scheidig to First = 30 CHF

    Switzerland

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £16
    Dinner price
    £23
    Beer price
    £5.2
    Water price
    £1.5
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Swiss Franc.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    Euros.
    Where To Exchange
    Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival
    ATM Availability
    Local currency can be obtained using credit cards in ATM's.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    In major restaurants.
    Travellers Cheques
    Not recommended.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    On Foot

    Recommended airport

    For this trip you can fly into and back from Bern, Geneva, Basel or Zurich airports.

    Flying to your destination

    We recommend flights into and back from Bern, Geneva, Basel or Zurich airports which are served by the budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet, from multiple airports in the UK. You can also use and non-budget airline (including British Airways) from multiple airports in the UK.

    Arrival and departure information

    At the start of your trip you can fly into Bern, Geneva, Basel or Zurich airports.

    You can take a train from these airports to Lenk. The shortest journey is from Bern to Lenk the train takes 2 hours, Geneva is the slowest taking 3 hours 40 minutes.

    You can return from Grindelwald to lenk using the Interlaken train which leaves every 30 minutes after 2pm.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Visas are not required by UK, E.U Nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

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    Transfers

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    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


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    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Switzerland

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory; Tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

    Walking and Trekking information
    WSOS Distance Chart
    Walking grade
    Challenging
    Trek details
    On this journey you walk 99km over 6 days (an average of 16.5km a day). You follow well-marked hiking trails. The route involves some steep ascents and descents of up to 1250m in a day and some of the days are very long. There are no technically difficult sections nor scrambling required, but the trip is not suitable if you suffer from vertigo as there are sections where you could feel exposed. We have graded this route as challenging.
    Additional Information

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Mon 1 Jul 2019 - Sun 15 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
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    Single room option +£120
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Lenk
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Grindelwald
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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