8 Day Independent tour This hiking holiday in the Bernese Oberland canton of Switzerland follows the Bear Trek (Trail ) and is available as a level 2-3 independent walking tour. Discover alpine Switzerland at its best with six days walking on the Bear Trek, crossing spectacular passes and scrambling along grand glaciers. The […]
8 Day Independent tour
This hiking holiday in the Bernese Oberland canton of Switzerland follows the Bear Trek (Trail ) and is available as a level 2-3 independent walking tour. Discover alpine Switzerland at its best with six days walking on the Bear Trek, crossing spectacular passes and scrambling along grand glaciers. The Bear-Trek passes through valleys and gorges, past the “Three Proud Switzermen” Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the beautiful Swiss holiday villages of Adelboden and Lenk. Well, actually you won’t meet any bears on this trek nowadays. The name of this route comes from the time when the region was wilderness and the territory of bears and wolfs. Today hikers immerse into nature and breathe in the spectacular scenery. Crossing several passes on your way to summits, you are rewarded for your alpinist stamina by the imposing and beauty of the Alps! A number of alternative routes are available, if you feel tired or the weather suddenly changes. Often the daily stages can be shortened by covering some distance by public bus or chair lift.
Day to Day Itinerary
Meiringen-Grindelwald – 5.5 hours
You start at 10 am at the railway station in Meiringen. There you deposit your luggage and take the public post bus service to Rosenlaui. Hike over the Grosse Scheidegg Saddle (1962m) to Grindelwald, always with marvelous panoramic views of the three famous Bernian giants Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. To avoid the steep decent into Grindelwald, you may take the gondola lift down from First or Egg.
Grindelwald–Lauterbrunnen – 5 hours
The hiking tour today starts with a continuous ascent up to the Little Scheidegg at the foot of the Eiger north face. From here you can take an optional train detour to the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. You may descend to Lauterbrunnen via a steep track, past the spectacular Trümmelbach waterfalls. (Easier alternative: descent to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen or train from Little Scheidegg to Lauterbrunnen).
Lauterbrunnen–Griesalp/Kiental – 6.5 hours
Early in the morning ascent by cable car to Mürren. Weather permitting, you walk over mostly snow covered paths of Sefinenfurgge through the breathtaking alpine scenery. Enjoy grand views of the Sefinfurke Pass (2612m), Blumlisalp, the Jungfrau region, and down into the Kiental Valley.
Griesalp/Kiental–Kandersteg – 7 hours
Today is the major day with the ascent to the Blüemlisalp. After a long and steep ascent to 2843 m you are rewarded with a good lunch at the Blüemlisalp hut. Via the Hohtürli and across the moraines of the Blüemlialp glacier you descend to the lake Öschinensee. This lake is one of the most impressive mountain lakes of the Alps. On you walk to Kandersteg (Alternative from lake Öschinensee: downhill by chair lift ).
Kandersteg–Adelboden – 5.5 hours
First by cable car and on to the Allmenalp, then you ascent to Bonderchrinde. From here you enjoy a marvelous round view on the surrounding Alps. On a beautiful route through farmland and surrounded by cows, you descend to Adelboden.
Adelboden–Lenk -4.5 hours
Today you have the choice of two alternatives to end your Bear Trek: Variant 1: Easy walk via the Hahnenmoos to Lenk Variant 2: Via public post bus and cable car on the Engstligenalp. Hike over the Ammeten ridge, past the Simmen waterfalls to Lenk.
You may extend your stay in Switzerland if you wish.
Schedule & Price
Every Saturday and Sunday from mid-June to mid-September
|Price per person||CAD $1250|
|Extra nights in Meiringen or Lenk||$90|
|Tour Rating – moderate to Intermediate
High altitude tour between 1.500 and 2.500 m, on mountain paths and rocky, sometimes exposed paths are waiting for you. A sure footing, a good head for heights and good endurance levels are required. Daily distances of up to 7 hours and managing of higher altitude differences are included. For selfguided hiking a fair mountain experience is required.
This tour includes:
* 7 nights in three star hotels, all rooms with private facilities buffet breakfast
* Information Pack
* Luggage transfer
* Details on tourist attractions
* Transfers: Meiringen-Rosenlaui; Griesalp-Kiental-Griesalp
* 7 day emergency help-line.