Via Alpina „Bear Trek“

Via Alpina „Bear Trek“

Switzerland » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • The Swiss Alps at their best
  • Enjoy the summits of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
  • The most spectacular part of the Via Alpina route
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  • aug
  • sep
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  • nov
  • dec

From 735 €

Duration (days): 8

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Explore alpine Switzerland at it’s most impressive: The Bear Trek is a unique hiking route over spectacular passes and along grand glaciers. Via Alpina leads through valleys and gorges, past the three “proud Swiss” Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau right to the Swiss holiday resort Adelboden-Lenk. Do not count on meeting any bears nowadays. The name derives from old times when only bears and wolves were able to trot this routes. And today it is your turn: the Bear Trek is more than a walking our. You cross several passes. The summits and plateaus reward your alpinist efforts. Enjoy the perfect magnificent beauty of the Alps!
The Via Alpina is made up of five color-coded sub-sections: the Violet (also known as Purple), Yellow, Green, Blue, and Red trails; covering the whole of the Alps mountain range and more. All together Via Alpina spans approximately 5,000 kilometers or about 3,100 miles and has 342 individually numbered and posted stages. It stretches across no less than seven different countries along the way, starting in Slovenia near Trieste, crossing through Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, and France; and finally ending near the world-famous beaches of Monaco.

Day 1. Individual journey to Meiringen
Day 2. Meiringen – Grindelwald
The bus takes you to Rosenlaui where the first hike starts. You walk up to the “Grosse Scheidegg” from where you have a magnificent view to the mountains “Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau”. From here you continue to Grindelwald. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours, approx. 14 km, +700 m / -980 m 
Day 3. Grindelwald – Wengen/Lauterbrunnen
The trail leads up to the „Kleine Scheidegg“. If you want to you may even reach the “Jungfraujoch” from this point. Small paths lead past the spectacular Trümmelbach-waterfall down to Lauterbrunnen. (easy option: walk past Wengen down to Lauterbrunnen or take the train from the “Kleine Scheidegg”.) Walking time: approx. 6.5 hours, approx. 19 km, +1200 m / -1400 m
Day 4. Lauterbrunnen – Griesalp/Kiental
Early in the morning the cable car brings you up to Mürren. In the early months of the summer there is often still snow on the Sefinenfurgge. You walk past a breathtaking Alpine scenery. Walking time: approx. 7 hours, approx. 22 km, +2000 m / -1400 m
Day 5. Griesalp/Kiental – Kandersteg
The ascent to the Blüemlisalp is the most spectacular leg on your hiking tour. After a long and step walk up to 2’843 meters you may enjoy an excellent meal at this Swiss mountain pasture. From here the trails lead on glacier moraines down to Lake Öschinen. Now Kandersteg is within short walking distance. (easy option: ride with the cable car into the valley). Walking time: approx. 7.5 hours, approx. 15 km, +1200 m / -1300 m (using cable car)
Day 6. Kandersteg – Adelboden
You take the cable car up to “Allmenalp” from where you hike up to “Bonderchrinde”. The view on the surrounding peaks is breathtaking. The trail leads down into the valley to Adelboden. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours, approx. 16 km, +1350 m / -1170 m
Day 7: Adelboden – Lenk
From the widely-known village of Adelboden you walk towards the Hahnenmoospass. Wonderful views to the peak of mount Wildstrubel guide your way down to the valley Simmental. You will spend one last night in the Bernese Oberland. Walking time: approx. 4 hours, ca. 13 km, +1060 m / -1950 m
Day 8. Departure.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Category A: 6 x middleclass hotels, 1 x traditional mountain hotel (shared toilets and showers)
Category B: 7 x  family-run guest houses, shared toilets and showers
Bed & breakfast included; luggage transport is included;
On the 4th day you have the possiblity to stay in a traditional mountain hut on Griesalp. Accomodation is basic but comfortable. A limited amount of single rooms is available in this place, sanitary facilities are on the floors. Who wants to enjoy the comforts of a normal hotel can go with the bus down to Kiental and spend the night in the hotel. Taxi transfer back up to Griesalp is then included in the price. Please announce the desired place of stay when booking this tour.

Price: 735 Euro (Category B); 775 Euro (Category A)

Single room supplement: 110 Euro (Category B); 255 Euro (Category A)

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes: 7 nights on bed and breakfast basis; luggage transfers (1 piece of luggage up to 20kg per person); transfer Kiental - Griesalp (for the overnights in Kiental); roadbook in English; service hotline

The price does not include: fares with public transport, mountain railways and cable cars

Tips: The trek can start every day between mid-June and mid-September. Difficult trek for experienced hikers: sure footedness, a good head for height and good fitness level is required for this alpine hiking tour. Some shortcuts are available if the weather is bad. How to get there: take train to Meiringen (then you have a few walking minutes or short taxi transfer to the starting hotel). Return from Lenk to Meiringen by train, duration approx. 3 hrs.