Trekking in the Bernese Oberland

Starting From

$4,795/person

Number of days

8

Start Location

Geneva, Switzerland

End Location

Geneva, Switzerland

Group Size

5-16

Operated by

MT Sobek

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MT Sobek brings back an old favorite! Traverse the breathtaking alpine terrain of the Bernese Oberland, home to some the world's most striking mountains — Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger. Kick off the weeklong trek through Switzerland from the spectacular Rhone Valley and make your way along sweeping slopes, endless meadows, and massive cliffs. Witness glistening glacial lakes high up from a ridge on the Chindbetti pass and travel back in time at storybook villages that showcase panoramic views. Explore picturesque alpine hideaways and spend an unforgettable night on a rustic farm.

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Itinerary

Arrive in Geneva & Journey to Crans

Arrive in Geneva, meet your private bus outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, and transfer to the hillside resort town of Crans, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, situated above Sion in the Swiss Alps. In the late afternoon, gather in the hotel lobby for an orientation before enjoying dinner together.

Explore Lake Tzeurier, Simmenfalle & Lenk

Start the hike above Crans in Plan Mayen along the famous Ro irrigation canal that the Swiss call "bisse," then rejoin Lake Tzeurier on a scenic trail that crosses the alpine meadows of Lourantse and Armeillon. At the Plan des Roses, start the ascent up a gentle slope to the Rawill Pass (7,924'), which showcases a grandiose panorama of the Bernese Oberland. After you take in the view, descend toward Iffigenalp, take a minivan and transfer to Lenk near the Simmenfalle, a series of cascading waterfalls.

Trek from Lenk to Engstligenalp Meadows

Follow the torrents and cascades of the Simme River and start the long trek up toward the Ammerten Pass. In the distance see the resplendent Wildstrubel massif (10,640'), whose peaks offer a surprising contrast to the flat green plains of the Engstlingenalp meadows. This is where you leave the trail for the day, and check into the mountain inn.

Hike from Engstligenalp to the Village of Kandersteg

Start early this morning and trek up towards the majestic Tschingelhortighorn Mountain, skirting around its iconic summit. Follow a stunningly beautiful ridge, with views of glittering glacial lakes below, until you reach the Chindbettipass. As you descend toward the high-altitude resort village of Kandersteg, take in the gorgeous scenery of cliffs and verdant plains all around.

Hike from Kandersteg to the Meadows of Kiental

Today features a long ascent but with enough gems along the way to make it easier. Early on, come to Lake Oeschinen, at the foot of the Bluemlisalp Massif, and meadows that are worth a stop. Reach the impressive tongues of the Bluumlisalpgletscher glacier and the Hohturli Pass (8,882') with its 360-degree view over the Kandertal and Kiental. The descent into the Kiental meadows is steep and constant at first. Today's destination is Bundalp, a farmhouse inn tucked away in a splendid mountain setting.

Hike from Kiental to the Village of Murren

Descend briefly to the Bundstag Bridge, where you rejoin the Sefinenfurgge route. The companions in the distance are nothing short of majestic — take in the Jungfrau (13,669'), the Monch (13,468'), and the Eiger (13,025'). Follow a long descent toward the Rotstock meadows and Murren, which is the birthplace of modern alpine racing. From here, walk another 1.5 hours on the famed North Face Trail, rich with mountaineering history. Stop in the cozy village of Murren to rest for the night. If the cloud cover stays away, take in an enchanting sunset.

Take a Cable Car & Cog-Wheel Train to Grindelwald

Leave the heights of Murren and descend by cable car into the majestic Lauterbrunnen valley, flanked by massive, sheer cliffs and with more than 70 waterfalls falling into the meadow below. Follow the course of the Weisse Lu¨tschine River, hike up along the Trummel gorges and arrive at the foot of the Jungfrau, the Monch, and the Eiger. Ascend to the mountain pass of Kleine Scheidegg (6,772') by the only method of local transport — cog-wheel train. Marvel at the view, then head down to Grindelwald, which has a long history as a mountaineering base.

Bid Farewell to the Bernese Oberland & Return to Geneva

After breakfast, transfer to Geneva airport for homeward-bound flights. Note that flights should be scheduled no earlier than 1pm.

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