Explore the Swiss Alps in 8 days

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Kandersteg / Kandersteg
  • Distance 88 km / 56 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    June - September
  • Price From $1,645

Overview

Explore the Swiss village of Kandersteg, an Alpine gem located at 1,200 m in the Bernese Oberland, the highest region of the canton of Bern, located at the foot of the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps. 

Explore Kandertal and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed treasures, such as the turquoise blue Lake Oeschinen and the Gasterntal Nature Valley, with its walking trails leading along the River Kander to the Kander Neve Glacier.

Immerse yourself among its traditional wood chalets, in the unique natural beauty of mountain pine forests, lush alpine roses and exotic edelweiss or snow flower, and on hillside tours with glaciers and steep mountains in the background, natural habitat of mountain goats, eagles, chamois and groundhogs.

  • Explore the Bernese Alps and its natural paradise, in the heart of the Swiss Alps. 
  • Try the Zvieri Plättli, a dish with matured mountain cheese, smoked hard sausages, pickles and black bread.
  • Enjoy the slopes for Nordic skiing, classic skiing and skating in the Kandertal Valley.
  • Walk between the Blue Lake (Blausee) and the Gemmi Pass, through an extensive network of trails.
  • You can practice bouldering or block climbing in Kandertal, or ice climbing in Kandersteg.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation 
    • Breakfasts
    • Light lunch / picnic
    • Dinner
    • Informative dossier with maps and routes
    • Baggage transfer service according to your itinerary
    • 24-hour phone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Unspecified meals
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Personal equipment
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after your tour
    • Hotel room upgrades (subject to availability)

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    You have three options to get to Kandersteg: get to Zürich Airport and then take the train to Kandersteg via Bern; get to Bern Airport and take a train via Allmendingen; or get to Geneva Airport and take the train to Kandersteg via Lausanne. 

    If you prefer, and for your convenience, you can rent a car. From Bern to Kandersteg, it is almost 60 km (a 1-hour drive), where you can observe the beautiful Swiss landscape.

    For your return from Kandersteg, take the train from your station to Zürich, Bern or Geneva Airport, or take your rental car to continue your journey to wherever your next destination may be.

    FAQs

    This route is ideal for anyone looking to explore a true natural paradise, lovers of walking amid exotic flora and the natural habitats of alpine fauna.

    It is also ideal for you if you are looking for an adventure with bird watching or high mountain extreme sports, and if you like local stories, legends and traditions. 

    In this Alpine setting, you will enjoy traditional mountain food such as homemade Alpine cheese and, if you love Vegetarian food, you will find this route will be perfect.

    This route is of medium-low level of difficulty. Although you do not need much experience in walking, a very good physical condition is very important so you are able to walk through well-signposted mountain trails, with some ascending stretches along steep and narrow roads. 

    If you prefer, you can make use of cable car or gondola services, which operate during the season. In this case, we will offer alternative routes.

    We recommend doing this route between June and October when the weather in Switzerland is warm, the rains are minimal and the walking trails in the Alps are suitable for your planned route. 

    Between July and August, the region is very busy and barbecues at lakes and in nature parks are common, so we suggest you keep this in mind in case you are looking for a different type of activity in the mountains. 

    If you want to practice winter sports, you can do it at any time of the year, as it is an Alpine area with polar climate, below zero degrees centigrade.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your travel dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    Once you make your reservation, we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to-day backpack. 

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).