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Self-Guided Walking in the Bernese Oberland
8 days
Switzerland - Trip code WSOS

Self-Guided Walking in the Bernese Oberland

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.

Trip highlights

  • Exhilarating Alpine hiking - Walk the impressive Bernese Oberland
  • Variety of mountain landscapes - Balconies, green valleys and stunning high altitude lakes
  • Lenk, Aldelboden and Kandersteg - Traditional flowered villages
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Challenging
You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding.

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: Hotel Garni Alpenruh(or similar)

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: Pension Sonne(or similar)

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 past. 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Alpenblick(or similar)

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 and descend 1400m.

Accommodation: Pension Golderli(or similar)

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: Hotel Oberland(or similar)

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

Accommodation: Central Hotel Wolter(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7 - Circular walk from Grindelwald

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. Today's 21km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours. This can be shortened depending on which route you take.

Accommodation: Central Hotel Wolter(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8 - Trip ends Grindelwald

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

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

WSOS Distance Chart
Walking grade
Challenging

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Dinner: 6
Transport
  • On Foot
Accommodation
  • 7 nights standard hotel
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Trip information

Country information

Switzerland Holidays & Tours

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.
Country Information

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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

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.

Essential Information

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 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.

Booking conditions

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Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

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, 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.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

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. 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 Holidays & Tours

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.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Sunday 1 July 2018 - Saturday 15 September 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
WSOS_2018
From £1169
Single room option +£120
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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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