Switzerland:

Bernese Alps Hike


Seven nights; seven days of moderate to challenging hiking in the highlands of Switzerland. Travel by foot through hidden valleys, alpine lakes and flora, Swiss pines, and of course, edelweiss!

“The staff at Freewheeling was very helpful in all aspects of planning our trip… A pleasure to deal with.” - Bill K.






Itinerary



Start: Zurich, Hauptbahnhof Train Station (tourist information center), 08:30, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Zurich, following breakfast on day eight.


Day 1

Zurich to Interlaken by train; hike Breitlauenen to Schynige Platte 3km; ascent 400m

Morning meeting at Zurich’s train station where you’ll embark on a two-hour train ride to Interlaken. Nestled between the emerald Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken marks the beginning of the Bernese Highlands. After lunch at Harderkulm you’ll board the mountain train to Breitlaunen, taking in the majestic views of the surrounding Alps. Continue by foot across the wide expanse of Alp Bigelti. Enjoy the views of Lake Brienz and the Bödeli, a plain between Lakes Thun and Brienz, before reaching your destination, Schynige Platte. Consider a visit to the Alpine Botanical Garden, Alpine Botanical Garden with 500 varieties of Alpine flowers near your mountain hotel almost 2000m above sea level. LD
Hotel Schynige Platte, Schynige Platte.


Day 2

Schynige Platte to Männdlenen, Faulhorn, and First 16km; ascent 800m, descent 700m; cable car to Grindelwald

Today’s hike between Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald takes you through a diverse landscape, offering breath-taking views of the Bernese Alps, pristine mountain lakes, fragrant meadows, and dramatic rock formations. After an independent lunch at Faulhorn (site of the oldest mountain hotel in Europe), continue to First where optional activities, such as ziplining and mountain carts, may be enjoyed. A 25-minute cable car transfer brings you to the historic tourist village of Grindelwald, the base from which alpinists make their attempts at the North Face of the Eiger. BD
Hotel Grindelwalderhof or Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald , Grindelwald.


Day 3

The Eiger Trail from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg, up to 14km; ascent up to 1600m, descent 500m; shorter options available

Starting from Grindelwald you will walk through the alpine forest into the midst of the famous mountain peaks: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (the Ogre, the Monk, and the Maiden). This morning route includes a significant elevation gain and more relaxed walkers may opt to travel by mountain train from Grindelwald to Alpiglen where you can descent to Kleine Scheidegg by foot. Early arrivals at Kleine Scheidegg will allow time for an optional visit to the impressive Sphinx Observatory at Jungfraujoch, also known as the Top of Europe. BL
Hotel Bellevue des Alpes , Kleine Scheidegg.


Day 4

Hike Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen and down to Wengen 10km; ascent 200m, descent 1000m; train to Zermatt

Relish the gorgeous Jungfrau massif views as you walk along the trail from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen. The path leads through grasslands where hundreds of alpine flowers bloom in summer. Marvel at the startlingly different terrain of Männlichen: one side of the mountain is covered with grassy slopes, while the other is comprised of craggy cliffs dropping into the valley. After a steep downhill section into Wengen you’ll be transfer to Tasch where you’ll board the train for the quick journey to Zermatt where you’ll spend the next three nights. BLD
Backstage Boutique Spa Hotel, Zermatt.


Day 5

Hike Seenweg Trail 9 km, and Flower Trail 4.5 km; ascent 720m, descent 720m

This morning’s hike journeys past the lakes of the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee, and Leisee, each with their own unique colorings and characteristics. Enjoy a picnic lunch while contemplating the stillness and peace of these alpine meadows. Presumably, the only question in your mind in this tranquil place will be, why does the edelweiss have fleecy hairs? BL
Same lodging


Day 6

The Matterhorn Glacier Trail 6.5km, and Matterhorn Trail 10km; ascent 300m, descent 1630m

Following a short cable car ride today’s trail leads you over what was once a river of ice. If you pause to close your eyes and lift your head, you may be lucky enough to feel a gentle cool breeze brush your face. This is known as a glacial kiss. Excluding the optional visit to Jungfraujoch, today’s hike will bring you to the highest point of the adventure at 2923m above sea level. Discover how the Matterhorn was made by giants from Valtournenche, or so the natives will tell you; carved wooden sculptures may be seen, beautifully depicting such folk tales, legends, and stories of the culture. BLD
Same lodging


Day 7

Bettmerhorn to Fiescheralp 9.5km; ascent 100m, descent 625m; transfer to Zurich

A very full day requires an early start, first traveling by train from Zermatt to Tasch then by van to Betten where you’ll climb to Bettmerhorn by cable car. The Great Aletsch Glacier, the largest of the Alps, serves as the magnificent backdrop for most of today’s hike. The trail of natural stone steps leads you down to Fiescheralp. Descend to Fiesch by cable car where you’ll be for an early evening arrival at your hotel in Zurich, to savour the final night of your Bernese journey. BL Boutique Hotel Wellenberg or Central Plaza Hotel , Zürich




Description



Located in the western part of Switzerland, the Bernese Alps are well-known to hikers and climbers. Charming villages and sophisticated infrastructure make this region logistically manageable for everyday explorers. Peaks well over 4000 meters above sea level provide a magnificent panorama, set against green valleys and alpine meadows along gravel trails. Expect daily train, van, and cable car transport.

Your tour begins and ends with transfers from and to Zürich. Known for its global financial importance, Zürich consistently ranks as one of the most livable cities in the world. Its pre-medieval history, waterfront promenades, and countless museums, galleries, and theatres warrant extra time. We recommend allowing an extra day or two before or after your tour to explore the vibrant metropolis; please let us know if you would like us to arrange reservations on your behalf.


Note about the route:

Hikes are moderate to challenging with inclines up to 1600 meters with elevation up to 2700 meters. Most trails are well groomed gravel trails. Hiking boots with ankle support is strongly recommended; hiking poles will be an asset.






Maps & Elevations





Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
  3km
2
  6km
3
up to 14km
4
  10km
5
13.5km
6
  16.5km
7
      9.5km




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Costs



US 3825 C 4595

7 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, ground transportation by train or cable car, guide, relevant maps and notes

US 3245 C 3895

7 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, relevant maps and notes, suggestions for train/cable car transport and schedules

Single Occupancy

US 825 C 995


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.