Switzerland | Berner Oberland Mini Trek

Alpine wonderland and Rolling green meadows beneath awe inspiring glaciated peaks

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike beneath Jungfrau and Mönch and get your first glimpse of the famous Lauterbrunnen Valley and its roaring waterfalls beneath you
  • Stay in a pleasant inn perched on the edge of the valley with views back to the Jungfrau.
  • The Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, dominates not only the landscape, but also the imagination of the traveler.

Classic scenery is the hallmark of the Swiss Berner Oberland where the famous trio, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, dominates not only the landscape, but also the imagination of the traveler.

The Jungfrau region is an alpine wonderland: rolling green meadows lie peacefully beneath awe inspiring, glaciated peaks; tiny chalets dot the hillsides; and farmers continue the ancient herding traditions of the land. The resort villages of the Oberland are also legendary, both for their historical charm and their modern comforts and conveniences, including a transportation system supporting a number of carfree villages and allowing access to the region’s myriad of hiking trails.

Crossing the mighty Berner Oberland range is a challenging undertaking that demands a good level of fitness, but the rewards are vast. As you link the region’s villages, you traverse high ridges, follow valleys, and climb to a number of high and lonely passes separating the deep and dramatic valleys cutting through this iconic range.

Your first days are dominated by the Jungfrau massif and the imposing Wetterhorn, which translates into “peak of storms”, as you set out from Interlaken. Hike into the world famous town of Grindelwald, located at the foot of the impressive Eiger Nordwand (north wall). Continue across the Kleine Scheidegg, a mountain pass that is as busy as Grindelwald itself. As you descend into car-free Wengen, you hike beneath Jungfrau and Mönch and get your first glimpse of the famous Lauterbrunnen Valley and its roaring waterfalls beneath you. Look for the tiny village of Mürren across the valley, your next destination.

Throughout the trek you experience a range of accommodations reflecting the character of both the Bernese Oberland and the individual villages. From a cozy hotel with classic Swiss ambiance, to chalet hotels with regional charm. Enjoy typical “Gemütlichkeit”, or coziness, during your stay, paired with the famous Swiss hospitality. In Mürren you stay in a pleasant inn perched on the edge of the valley with views back to the Jungfrau.

Food ranges from haute cuisine in elegant dining rooms to regional specialties in cozy, authentic “Stuben” (dining rooms). Dinner is typically a four to five course meal and breakfast is a buffet taken at your leisure. Most days, lunch is a picnic eaten at a pass. Other days, you have access to a mountain restaurant or hut for lunch. We’ll send you information regarding each day’s routine, including details about lunch, what to put in your pack, and what to expect on each day’s hike, including any options to shorten or lengthen the outing.

The Berner Oberland offers glaciers, iconic mountains and quintessential Swiss scenery. Views of the world famous trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as well as the historical charm of the villages along the trek will make for an unforgettable adventure in the Swiss Alps.

Trip Itinerary

Choose from our standard itinerary or customize the trek by adding or subtracting days. We are happy to offer harder or gentler hikes where possible.

Travel to Interlaken. Overnight in a well-appointed and well-located Victorian era hotel not far from the train station.

From Interlaken, connect by train to Wilderswil and hop onto the cog railway to Schynige Platte. From there, hike along a ridge with unsurpassed views of both the Interlaken lakes and the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Wetterhorn, and the remote Finsteraarhorn.

A most classic ramble lies before you today as you cross the Kleine Scheidegg, the saddle beneath the infamous Eiger Nordwand, and descend through forest along wooded trails to Wengen. Enjoy views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley beneath.

Enjoy a long ramble up the Lauterbrunnen Valley and view the thundering falls and the vestiges of pastoral culture. Ascend a remote and beautiful valley to Mürren, perched opposite Wengen.

Berner Oberland Mini Trek | Switzerland

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