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Walking the Bernese Highlights West

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  • Holiday code
    W07BW
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Daily Departures from 1 Jun '23 to 1 Oct '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, high peaks, lake & river routes

Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking the Bernese Highlights West

  • Delight in magnificent views along this as you cross high mountain passes linking alpine valleys
  • Walk to some of the most remote areas and be rewarded with dramatic mountain scenery
  • View exquisite glaciers and the shimmering turquoise waters of Lake Oeschinensee

Walking high in the mountains on the Bernese Highlights West offers a more challenging route than the Bernese Highlights East. Amazing views are the reward for your efforts and at every turn in the way you will be greeted by some of the most dramatic mountain scenery to be found in Switzerland - if not the whole of Europe. However, if you wish to opt out of any day's walk or should inclement weather descend, it is possible to travel between all overnight stops by public transport.

Starting in perhaps the most beautiful village in the Bernese Oberland, perched high up above the Lauterbrunnen Valley is Murren. Above Murren rises the great peak of the Schilthorn, with its revolving restaurant made famous by James Bond. Walk up and over the high pass of Sefinenfurgge, to reach the Schilthorn, or take the spectacular cable car to the top. Continue to the remote valley of Griesalp, set against the backdrop of the Bluemlisalp massif. Continue through the Hohturli pass where views are utterly magnificent! Get up close to a number of glaciers in addition to the turquoise waters of Lake Oeschinensee in its stunning setting above Kandersteg. Set within the beautiful Kander valley, Kandersteg is home to an extraordinary amount of diverse Alpine flowers. Follow stunning mountain paths with incredible panoramic views before descending into the mountain village of Adelboden for the night. Another mountain pass awaits you as you head over to Lenk across scenic alpine meadows. Finally, you cross Trutlisbergpass, then down the valley to Gstaad, which despite being known for its prestige has remained truly Alpine.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive Murren

It is a good idea to add an extra day or two in Murren before starting your Bernese Highlights walk to get used to walking at high altitudes. We have several walks to chose from based here.
Overnight Hotel Jungfrau 3*, Murren (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 2: Murren to Greisalp 17KM/11MILES OR 13KM/8MILES

Potentially the most challenging day but we offer two alternatives - either along the valley route or over the Schilthorn.

If you choose the valley route, you begin with a steady ascent from Murren to the high pass of Sefinenfurgge which becomes quite steep towards the end. Descend on a scree section, dotted with wooden steps as you enter the attractive valley of Griesalp. Alternatively, you can take the cable car up to the magnificent Schilthorn with unmatched mountain panorama. From there, you follow the ridge which includes some exposed sections before reaching the Sefinenfurgge pass where you begin the long descent to Griesalp.
Overnight Hotel Griesalp 3H, Griesalp (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 3: Griesalp to Kandersteg 16KM/10MILES

Another challenging but unforgettable day! Be prepared for an almost unrelenting ascent to reach Hohturli pass at 1,370m. Weather conditions permitting, the views are utterly magnificent! The descent is both long and steep in places, affording close up views of a number of glaciers in addition to the turquoise waters of Lake Oeschinensee in its stunning setting above Kandersteg. From Oeschinensee a chairlift operates to Kandersteg eliminating the final descent of approx. 1mile.
Overnight Hotel Epoque Victoria 3*, Kandersteg (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 4: At Leisure in Kandersteg

A rest day if you wish with time by the hotel pool or just wandering around this delightful village. If you wish to keep walking, we provide a good choice of walks from this great walking centre. For example, hike up to a mountain hut if you wish to keep things challenging, or take a gentler walk along the Kander or Gastner valleys.
Overnight Hotel Epoque Victoria 3*, Kandersteg (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 5: Kandersteg to Adelboden 14KM/9MILES

Not as tough as the previous days, as we suggest you use the Allmeralp chairlift and then walk towards Bundergrat. Climb to the top of nearby Bunderspitz for spectacular 360 views before descending to the village of Adelboden.
Overnight Hotel Hari 3*, Adelboden (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 6: Adelboden to Lenk 14KM/9MILES

Your walk today is a less dramatic ascent, much of it alongside pretty streams in woodland and then out onto the beautifully groomed pastures of upland Switzerland. The scenery is less rugged though there are still snow-capped peaks in view - you cross from one valley to another on easier paths mainly among scenic alpine meadows.
Overnight Hotel Krone 3*, Lenk (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 7: Lenk to Gstaad 15KM/9.5MILES

Your climb out of Lenk today takes you above the Wallbach valley in a SW direction towards the Truttlisbergpass. Once you are clear of the forest the views grow increasingly stunning and you can see yesterday's walk behind you. You cross from Lenk over the Trutlisbergpass to Lauenen, then down the valley to Gstaad with superb views on both sides of the pass and a short gorge walk to add further dimension to the day. The valley descent (3 miles) can be avoided by catching the bus at Lauenen to Gstaad.
Overnight Alpine Lodge 3*, Gstaad (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 8: Depart Gstaad

Say fond farewells to Switzerland as you depart on the train.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

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Hotel Jungfrau, Murren

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Set in the beautiful, car-free village of Murren, Hotel Jungfrau boasts south facing rooms with balconies and wonderful views over the mountains. Enjoy a delicious meal on the sunny terrace or warm up by the fireplace in the cosy library. All guests have complimentary access to the public indoor swimming pool.


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Chalet Griesalp, Griesalp

This hotel enjoys an isolated location at the foot of the Blüemlisalp. At 1,408m above sea level you are surrounded from a fascinating mountain world (UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch). Guests can also relax in the small spa area (sauna and steam bath).


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Belle Epoque Victoria, Kandersteg

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Expect a cheerful welcome from this lovely hotel, centrally located in Kandersteg, surrounded by a large park. Rooms offer a view of the UNESCO World Heritage and the Blüemlisalp, whilst rustic and authentic chalet double rooms are located in the old Ritter building. Enjoy dinner at their Restaurant Ritter on on the lovely garden terrace.


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Hotel Hari, Adelboden

Conveniently situated on a southern slope in the popular village of Adelboden, this lovely hotel offers panoramic views. From the south-facing rooms you can enjoy views over the valley and towards the surrounding 3000m high mountains. From the north-facing rooms you can see the impressive Schlachtfluh rock face.


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Hotel Krone, Lenk

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Located in the middle of the village centre and embedded in a beautiful garden, this traditional hotel offers stunning views of the famous Wildstrubel Mountain. They also have an indoor swimming pool for guests to use. Enjoy Swiss or international cuisine at their restaurant.


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Alpine Lodge, Gstaad

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This hotel is located just outside Gstaad in a lovely quiet area. There is a choice of smaller north facing rooms or larger south facing which also have a balcony and overlook the garden. The hotel has a swimming pool that is designed to be both an indoor and an outdoor pool.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts and dinners

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts and dinners

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above to complete our holiday enquiry form, we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you.

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links above to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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