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Bernese Highlights West - Hotel to Hotel (7nights) - Hotel to Hotel Trek Self Guided walking holiday - Click here to find out more about Self Guided walking holidays 

An amazing trek crossing Switzerland’s high mountain passes linking alpine valleys. In these lush, green valleys nestle pretty Swiss villages where you have your overnight accommodation. This trek is from Mürren to Gstaad.


Trekking Bernese, SwitzerlandWalking high in the mountains on this section of our Bernese Highlights Trek offers the walker a more challenging route than our Eastern Section. Routes, as always in Switzerland, are well marked and are on good paths, but there are some vertiginous sections and a tricky (avoidable) part of the route on the first day of walking if taking the cable car option up the Schilthorn. This trek will take you through some remote areas and together with some hefty ascents and descents, we have graded this trek as challenging. 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.


Your bags (1 bag per person) are transferred from hotel to hotel on all days except Day 2 walking to Griesalp. This enables you to walk with a day pack only with some extra items packed for this one night.


Self-guided – Challenging, with a few vertiginous sections on the first two days. After the first two days walks can be made easier using cable cars or chairlifts. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 5790m, Descent 6310m, 45 miles.

This trek can be combined into a 14 night trek combining with Bernese Highlights - East

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Bernese Highlights - West

All accommodation is 3 star category with the exception of one remote mountain inn. All hotels have rooms with private bathroom and dinner and breakfast are included on all nights. Each hotel is family owned and you can be assured of a friendly welcome after your hard day in the mountains.

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Day 1 Travel to Mürren by train to Interlaken where you join a narrow gauge rack and pinion train to Lauterbrunnen. From here, ascend by cable car to connect with another mountain railway winding its way high above the valley to Mürren – breathtaking views even before you arrive! Mürren is car free so if arriving by car it needs to be parked in Lauterbrunnen.

Day 2 Mürren to Greisalp Potentially the most challenging day but we offer two alternatives. Either walk up and over the high pass of Sefinenfurgge (2610m) – the difficulty lies in a long ascent and descent; or take the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn eliminating the ascent and distance, but you would need to negotiate a tricky stage thereafter with chains to help along the more vertiginous and exposed sections of the path. This option should only be attempted by experienced mountain walkers entirely comfortable in these conditions. The descent for both takes you down the pretty but remote valley of Griesalp for your overnight stay. Access to Griesalp is difficult other than on foot and luggage will move on to Kandersteg leaving you to pack and carry sufficient for the overnight stay. Overnight Griesalp. Ascent 1090m. (Schilthorn 350m) Descent 1330m (Schilthorn 1920m) Distance 10 ½ miles (Schilthorn 8 ¼  miles) Walking Time 7 hours (Schilthorn 6 ½)

Day 3 Griesalp to Kandersteg Another thoroughly challenging but unforgettable day! Be prepared for an almost unrelenting ascent of 1370 metres (the final section being somewhat steep with wooden steps) to reach Hohturli pass (2780m). Needless to say, 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 the village eliminating the final 500 metres of descent and reducing the walk by 1 mile and 45 minutes. Overnight Kandersteg. Ascent 1370m. Descent 1610m Distance 10 miles Walking Time 8 hours

Day 4 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 Booklet with a good choice in this great walking centre. For example, hike up to a mountain hut if you wish to keep things challenging, or take a more gentle walk along the Kander or Gastner valleys. Overnight Kandersteg.

Day 5 Kandersteg to Adelboden Not as tough as the previous hiking days as we suggest you 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 Walking Time 5½ hours

Day 6 Adelboden to Lenk It’s over another pass today, but somewhat lower 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. Ascent 930m Descent 1320m Distance 9 miles Walking Time 6 hours

Day 7 Lenk to Lauenen and Gstaad 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. Ascent 1000m Descent 800m Distance 9 ½  miles Walking Time 5 hours

Day 8 Take the train back to Geneva or Zurich today, this is still part of the holiday as you sit back and enjoy the wonderful Swiss scenery through the window and start to think about your next mountain hike.............

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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.

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Zurich, Geneva and Basel are almost equidistant from Mürren, being 3 ½, 4 and 4 hours away by rail respectively. From Zurich and Geneva airports you travel to Bern and connect to Interlaken. Here you switch to a narrow gauge railway to Lauterbrunnen before ascending by a new cable car to Grutschalp connecting to a mountain train with incredible views to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau for the last stage to Mürren.

From Gstaad Geneva airport is a 2 ½ hour journey with a change in Montreux. Zurich airport is 3 ¼ hours with a change in Zweisimmen and Spiez. Basel airport is 4 ¼ hours with connections at Zweisimmen, Spiez, Bern and in Basel onto the special bus to the airport for the last section.

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Bernese Highlights West


·         7 Nights accommodation with half board*

·         Baggage transfers between hotels, except for night 2 as luggage cannot be transported to these more remote hotels – will need to pack an overnight bag (1 bag per person @20kg)

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast


·         Rail cards are recommended additions – add £126 for Return Rail Transfer Tickets (upgrade to first class for an additional £81 pp) or £106 for Swiss Half Fare Card

·         ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to Geneva or Zurich and Standard class Rail Transfer Cards. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2018

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room.  

Length of trek


7 nights half board

With Flights

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Single Supplement per night

7 nights

June & September





July – August




14 nights (Combining East & West)

June & September





July – August




Extra night prices - POA

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Fly – Rail Luggage

Take advantage of the unique fly/rail baggage system which allows you to travel light between airport and your centre. When your cases arrive your hotelier will collect them for you. On your return deposit your luggage at the railway station (not available from all stations) and the next time you see it is at your UK airport carousel. £16** per back per direction.

Getting about

The Swiss transport system has a well earned reputation for being the best in the world. The trains are modern clean and run to schedule (late trains make the news in Switzerland!). We provide a personal timetable for all customers showing the relevant train times (including platforms) for transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel for both arrivals and departures. We help to make the journey very much part of your holiday by providing helpful notes offering advice on changing trains and selecting the best seats to enjoy the stunning panoramic views. During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience travelling on the distinctive yellow post buses the lake steamers and many cable cars and funicular railways which will whisk you to high alpine meadows and mountain tops.

Swiss Transfer Card

This is included with all of our Swiss holidays if you purchase flights with us. Gives free transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel. Any reasonable route is permitted. Useful for very short stays and on hotel to hotel treks where you plan to walk all the way. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Transfer Card for £120 per person (prices subject to change).

Swiss Half Fare Card

This is included on a couple of our Swiss holiday if you purchase flights with us. Gives 50% discount during your stay for all rail and post bus services plus discounts on most funicular railways, chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars. Useful for those arriving by car. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Half Fare Card for £105 per person (prices subject to change).

Family Card

Free travel on most transport for all children under 16 years traveling with their parents; provided free of charge with any of the travel cards listed above.

Two & Multi Centre Holidays - Switzerland

Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that traveling even a couple of hours on the train leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you. We will make all hotel reservations and provide the rail ticket between the centres free of charge** if the total stay is over 11 nights. For holidays over 13 nights we upgrade the rail travel between centres to First Class free of charge**. For example why not combine Zermatt with Davos having 7 nights in each resort in 4* hotels and journey between the two on the ‘Glacier Express’?

** As long as a Swiss Half Fare has been purchased

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