Walking Holidays in Switzerland - Bernese West - Short Break Walks


Holiday Highlights
  • Delight in magnificent views along this amazing trek crossing high mountain passes linking alpine valleys
  • Walk to some of the most remote areas and be rewarded with dramatic mountain scenery


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Our Bernese West Short Break begins in Kandersteg within the beautiful Kander valley, 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.

Should you choose to add an extra night, you continue walking over another mountain pass before descending into the valley of Gstaad with striking views all around you.

The Area

Amazing views are the reward for your efforts and at every turn 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 occur, it is possible to travel between all overnight stops by public transport. 

Day 1: Arrive at your chosen Swiss airport and take the train to your first hotel in Kandersteg. Overnight Kandersteg.

 

Day 2: If you wish to make the walk slightly easier, you can use the Allmeralp chairlift (you can walk the 550m ascent if you wish) and then walk towards Bundergrat. Climb to the top of nearby Bunderspitz (2456m) for spectacular 360-degree views before descending to the village of Adelboden. Overnight Adelboden. 

Ascent: 930m. Descent: 1320m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 5½ hours.

 

Day 3: Walk over a mountain pass today, but somewhat lower than most at 1960m! There is less rugged scenery today though there are still snow-capped peaks in view - you cross from one valley to another on easier paths mainly among scenic alpine meadows. The ascent can be reduced by taking the cable car to Berglager. Overnight Lenk.

Ascent: 930m. Descent: 1320m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 6 hours.

Day 4: Take the train from Lenk back to your chosen Swiss airport. Alternatively, continue your holiday with an extra night (see below).

Alternative Day 4: Today you cross from Lenk over the Trütlisbergpass 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 Gstaad.

Ascent: 1000m. Descent: 800m. Distance: 9 ½ miles. Time: 5 hours.

Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria 3*, Kandersteg

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Located in the centre of Kandersteg, surrounded by a large park, the hotel team will personally ensure that you have a delightful stay in the Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria. Guests can relax in the private sauna, steam shower and large indoor swimming pool.  With over two centuries of hotel tradition, four course dinners with a choice of main courses are served in the elegant dining room. Breakfast is an extensive continental buffet. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

All rooms feature television, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Hari 3*, Adelboden

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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. Start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC and shower.

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Hotel Krone 3*, 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.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Alpine Lodge 3*, Gstaad

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This hotel is located just outside Gstaad in a lovely quiet area. The bus stop is 300 metres away and the railway station is 15 minutes walk.  There are 30 rooms all with their own Apple computer and free internet access. There is a choice of smaller north facing rooms or larger south facing which also have a balcony and overlook the garden. Breakfast is a generous buffet to start your day.

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Availability Information

Due to the altitude of the many passes in this trek, it is only available July – September with a chance of snows affecting the walking at the end of September, and the beginning of July.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.  

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