Self-Guided Hiking Tours

Switzerland | Berner Oberland Trek

Interlaken to Kandersteg in seven days.

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  • BERNER OBERLAND TRAVERSE
  • Obersteinberg in Switzerland's famed Berner Oberland
  • Berner Oberland
  • BERNER OBERLAND TRAVERSE
  • "Just want Ryder-Walker to know how very much we enjoyed our trip! We are calling it our best family trip ever. The itinerary and routes were great - with incredible views everywhere. The Inns were all wonderful -- our hands down favorite was Hotel Victoria Ritter in Kandersteg. The information and commentary you provided were invaluable and we were all well prepared for a lot of hiking. I am going out of my way to recommend Ryder Walker to everyone!"- The Blue Family

Trip Highlights:

  • The best of the Berner Oberland in a week of hiking.
  • Accommodations in charming Swiss hotels and inns.
  • Hiking across big mountain passes and tranquil mountain meadows.

Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice-blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of this region.

Our self-guided hike through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Trek, is a fabulous introduction to hiking the Alps for those with a good level of fitness. From chalet style inns and grand, art deco hotels in such renowned destinations as Interlaken and Grindelwald, the car-free villages of Wengen and Mürren, the tiny settlement of Griesalp in the remote Kiental, and the quiet resort village of Kandersteg this trek gives hikers the opportunity to see the very heart of 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.

Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2690/1900 ft.

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.

Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 3500/2635 ft.

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.

Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain/loss: up to 2800/300 ft.
Hike extension possible: +3 miles and 1500 ft of elevation gain/loss.

Today, you cross the Sefinenfurgge, with views back to the Eiger and ahead to tomorrow’s challenge, the even higher and more strenuous Hohtürli, or little high door, the pass into the Kandertal. You descend into the remote and lovely Kiental, a pastoral gem beneath the impressive walls of the Blümlisalp massif.

Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 3210/3770 ft.

Ascend to the Hohtürli, right beneath glaciers tumbling from the region’s highest peaks. On the other side lies the pastoral Kandersteg, offering views of peaks, glaciers, and the Oeschinensee, a cobalt blue lake in an amphitheater of rock beneath the dramatic Blümlisalp massif.

Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 4550/4930 ft w/o lift; 4550/3630 ft w/ lift.

Berner Oberland Trek | Switzerland

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