No. of Nights : 07
Cities Covered : Buchs - Weisstannen - Elm - Braunwald - Urnerboden - Attinghausen - Engelberg - Meiringen
Best Period: June July August September
Price : EUR 975.00
Explore alpine Switzerland at it's most impressive: The Bear Trek is a unique 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.
Individual journey to Meiringen
Meiringen - Grindelwald
Take the post bus to Rosenlaui, where the first route commences via Groβe Scheidegg to Grindelwald, always with the magnificent panorama of the Threesome Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hrs.
Grindelwald - Lauterbrunnen
Start the day with an ascent to Kleines Scheidegg. You are free to make an excursion to Jungfraujoch. Follow the steep path past spectacular Trummelbach falls, down to Lauterbrunnen (easier option: downhill to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen or train Kleine Scheidegg - Lauterbrunnen). Hiking time: approx. 6.5 hrs.
Lauterbrunnen - Griesalp/Kiental
Take to cable car to Mürren. The route crosses Sefinenfurgge, which often is snow covered until early summer. Enjoy marvellous alpine scenery. Walking time: approx. 7 hrs.
Griesalp/Kiental - Kandersteg
Today you join the Queen's stage - a climb up to Blüemlisalp. After a long and steep ascent up to 2.843 m the alpine cabin on Blüemlisalp offers sustaining meals. Via Hohtürli and the moraines of Blüemlialp glacier you walk down to Óschinen Lake. Continue to Kandersteg (alternative from Öschinen Lake: take the cable car downhill). Hiking time: approx. 7.5 hrs.
Kandersteg - Adelboden
Take the mountain railway up to Allmenalp, then ascent to Benderchrinde. A stunning panorama view of the surrounding summits is a well earned reward. Continue downhill to Adelboden. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hrs.
Adelboden - Lenk
Today you have the choice how to end the Bear Trek:
Option 1: Easy walking tour via Hahnenmoos to Lenk.
Option 2: By post bus and cable car up to Engstligenalp. Walk across Ammetengrat, past Simmenfalls to Lenk. Hiking time: approx. 4.5 hrs.
Accommodation and luggage transportation
Good 3-star family-run hotels; bed & breakfast included; halfboard supplement possible upon request (195 Euro/person); luggage transport is included.
Min. 2 persons
Single room supplement:
7 nights on bed and breakfast basis; luggage transfers; transfer Kiental - Griesalp (for the overnights in Kiental); roadbook in English; service hotline
fares with public transport, mountain railways and cable cars.
The trek is available between mid-June and mid-September. Arrivals on Saturday and Sundays only! 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.