Ibex Treks

2017 Guided Scenic Tour Itinerary

Basic tours are offered in lengths of 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 14 nights. Maximum 14 guests, minimum 6. See also the Dates & Prices page.

view of Bernese Alps This tour combines trekking through some of the most beautiful areas of the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland with the added advantage of being able to explore the areas before moving on. While remaining for a day in an area, optional walks and activities would be available to cater for different interests and physical fitness. For example, one can picnic in alpine meadows surrounded by wild flowers beside a melted glacier stream, or make a challenging hike to a mountain hut offering panoramic views of local peaks and valleys.

Overlooking Bachsee The average walking time per day will be about 4 hours. Optional extras will make it possible to increase this walking time to an average of 6 hours per day. (See fitness requirements and equipment list for more information.) The complete tour (14 nights) starts in Kandersteg and finishes in Wilderswil. (Guests can walk sections of the tour; different tour lengths are noted below. See also Dates & Prices for more details.)

Accommodation is varied, taking advantage of the friendly hospitality on route. We stay in hotels, guest houses and mountain huts (cabins). (See the Itinerary page for an explanation of the accommodation.) Double rooms are available, except in some hotels (see below).

    

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Day 1

Double rooms only.

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Kandersteg

  • Begin 6 night tour (Kandersteg to Griesalp)
  • Begin 9 night tour (Kandersteg to Trachsellauenen)
  • Begin 10 night tour (Kandersteg to Mannlichen)
  • Begin 14 night tour (Kandersteg to Wilderswil)

    Arrive at hotel in Kandersteg. Meet group. First night for the 6, 9, 10, and 14 night tours.

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    Day 2

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Kandersteg to Oeschinensee

    Kandersteg 1176 m. to Oeschinensee, 1593 m. A gentle incline leads to pine woods and a steeper ascent. Alpine meadows and flatter terrain lead us on a gradual descent to the Oeschinensee lake and hotel.
     

    Day 3

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Oeschinensee lake

    Oeschinensee area

    Oeschinensee hotel 1593 m. Explore area, local options. Picnic by lake, swimming, pine wood walks, low level hikes. Or, hike to the Doldenhornhütte (mountain hut)1915 m., or to the Fründenhütte (mountain hut) 2562 m. for a challenging hike and view of the surrounding area.
     

    Day 4

    Dormitory only.

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    Approaching our hütte

    Oeschinensee to Blümlisalp

    Oeschinensee 1593 m. to Blümlisalphütte (mountain hut) 2837 m. Skirting the lake we ascend to meadows and alpine farm buildings. We reach the first tier in four in our climb to the Hohtürli pass and hut. Passing more small cheese farms we leave the tree line and continue to more barren terrain in full view of the Blümlisalp glacier fall. A welcomed traverse at 2408 m. leads us to the final steep ascent to the hut. From the hut the views are magnificent. Sunsets!
     

    Day 5

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Blümlisalp to Griesalp

  • New Guests Arrive For:
  • Begin 5-night tour (Griesalp to Trachsellauenen)
  • Begin 6-night tour (Griesalp to Mannlichen)
  • Begin 7-night tour (Griesalp to Alpiglen)
  • Begin 10-night tour (Griesalp to Wilderswil) Blümlisalphütte (mountain hut) 2837 m. to Griesalp 1408 m. A steep descent beside a rock cliff leads us to a path through moraine. Greener vegetation leads us to meadows and small farms. An optional longer route down is possible. The Gamchibach, fed by smaller streams and waterfalls, thunders down the valley leading us to Griesalp.
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    Day 6

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Waterfalls near Griesalp

    Griesalp area

  • Last night for 6 night tour (Kandersteg to Griesalp) Griesalp hotel 1408 m. Explore area, local options. Picnic by streams or waterfalls. Enjoy a challenging hike to a Mountain Hut at 2458m, or wander relaxing loops closer to the hotel.
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    Day 7

    Dormitory only.

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    Griesalp to Boganggen

    Griesalp 1408 m. to Rotstockhütte (mountain hut) 2039 m. A good track leads us out of Griesalp to various small Alpine farms. A final steep ascent leads us to a Mountain Pass where incredible views allow us to catch our breath, as we see the trio Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the distance. A short, steep descent and a pleasant meander through meadows leads us to the Rotstockhütte.
     

    Day 8

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Boganggen to Obersteinberg

    Rotstockhütte 2039 m. to Obersteinberg 1774 m. Steep descent through pastures and trees to a V-shape valley where we wander down to 1253m. After a gradual ascent through pine woods we shirt around a valley corner and head up the valley to high meadows, where we finally see our hotel!
     

    Day 9

    Double rooms only.

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    Obersteinberg to Trachsellauenen

  • Last night for 5 night tour (Griesalp to Trachsellauenen)
  • Last night for 9 night tour (Kandersteg to Trachsellauenen) Obersteinberg 1774 m. to Trachsellauenen 1203 m. Optional rest day. For those who would like a rest day, a short walk of 1 hour and 15 minutes leads directly to Trachsellauenen. Alternatively hike up to a Mountain lake, and continue up to a Mountain hut for lunch. This beautiful valley is worth exploring! The descent takes us by refreshing fast flowing streams and thundering water falls. Finally, through meadows and pine woods to Trachsellauenen.
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    Day 10

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Trachsellauenen to Mannlichen

    • Last night for 6 night tour (Griesalp to Mannlichen)
    • Last night for 10 night tour (Kandersteg to Mannlichen)
    Trachsellauenen 1203 m. to Mannlichen 2229 m. A short descent to Stechelberg 910 m. We follow the Weisselütschine (river) along the Lauterbrunnental (valley) to Lauterbrunnen. 650 m. cliffs loom on both sides. Ascending through pine woods we arrive in Wengen, 1275 m. A gradual ascent through meadows and trees steepens as we leave Wengen below. Gaining rapid altitude we see a tremendous view back along the Lauterbrunnental. A steep zigzag path leads us to Mannlichen. Optional public transport available to shorten the day!
     

    Day 11

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Mannlichen to Alpiglen

  • Last night for 7 night tour (Griesalp to Alpiglen) Mannlichen 2229 m. to Alpiglen 1616 m. A long, gentle traverse takes us to Kleine Scheidegg 2061 m. From here a train ride will take guests to the Jungfraujoch 3454 m. along Europe's highest railway system. From this high point a fantastic view down the Aletsch glacier can be seen, Europe's longest glacier. Other facilities include: a museum, slide show, ice sculptures, restaurants, and an observatory. For those not wishing to spend additional money on the train trip, a spectacular view of the Eiger north face can be seen from Kleine Scheidegg. Optional hikes to the Lauberhorn 2472 m. or Eiger glacier station 2320 m. To finish the day, we traverse at the foot of Eiger north face in a gradual descent to Alpiglen.
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    Day 12

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Alpiglen to Grindelwald

    Alpiglen 1616 m. to hotel near Grindelwald 1166 m. A high traverse below the Mittellegi ridge of the Eiger takes us through trees with a steep descent to the entrance of a 250 m. high gorge (optional visit). Approaching from the south, we turn east avoiding Grindelwald center (optional visit) to a higher position out of the village with a good view of the Grindelwald glacier.
     

    Day 13

    Double rooms and dormitory.

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    Grindelwald to Faulhorn

    Grindelwald 1166 m. to Faulhorn 2680 m. Leaving the village on a gentle incline through meadows, we pick up an ibex route away from the usual paths, and follow it along the valley floor to the Bachsee (lake) 2265 m. An old donkey path leads to steeper and more barren terrain. A short steep incline brings us to the Faulhorn. Very famous sunrise and sunset view point.
     

    Day 14

    Double rooms only.

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    Faulhorn to Schnigge Platte

    • Last night for 10 night tour (Griesalp to Schnigge Platte)
    • Last night for 14 night tour (Kandersteg to Schnigge Platte)
    Faulhorn 2680 m. to Wilderswil 584 m. A rocky traverse leads us to a small hut at Manndlenen 2344 m. The traverse continues through limestone channels, then, turning sharply, we follow the Sägistal valley. Descending more steeply to milder terrain of rocks and boulders, we continue a gradual traverse and follow a panoramic ridge to Schynige Platte 2100m. A steep descent through pine woods brings us finally to Wilderswil.

        


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