"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
The best of the Berner Oberland with 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 the Jungfrau 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 Grindelwald, the carless villages of Wengen and Murren, the tiny settlement of Griesalp in the remote Kiental, and the quiet resort village of Kandersteg this trek gives the hiker the opportunity to see the very heart of the Swiss Alps.
Travel by rail to Interlaken, gateway to the Berner Oberland. Overnight in a four star hotel in the center of town.
Begin the day with a boost by cog railway then hike along a ridge with unsurpassed views over the Interlaken lakes, the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, the Wetterhorn and the remote Finsteraarhorn. Overnight in a charming country inn in Grindelwald.
A classic ramble leads over the Kleine Scheidegg, the saddle beneath the infamous Eiger Nordwand, then along wooded trails to Wengen. Overnight in a charming country inn.
Enjoy a pleasant ramble up the Lauterbrunnen valley and view the thundering falls and the vestiges of pastoral culture in this picture perfect valley before ascending to Murren and a comfortable three star inn.
Cross a remote pass with views back to the Eiger and ahead to tomorrow’s pass into the Kandertal. Overnight in the Kiental in a cozy inn with delicious food and comfortable rooms. (No luggage access on this night.)
Ascend to a pass directly beneath tumbling glaciers, then descend to Kandersteg by a cobalt blue lake in an amphitheater of rock. Overnight in a superior chalet style inn with every comfort and amenity.