Via Alpina and bear Trek Walking Holidays
Start: Meiringen

Your Itinerary

Via Alpina and Bear Trek Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £689 per person

Holiday Information Overview

Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast
Difficulty: Difficult. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.

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Walking Tour Highlights
• Explore alpine Switzerland at it’s most impressive
• The Bear Trek follows spectacular passes and glaciers
• The Via Alpina goes past 3 proud Swiss mountains ‘Eiger – Mönch – Jungfrau’
• One of the best areas for walking in Europe
• A demanding tour with a good level of fitness required

Walking Route Features
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.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary

1st Day: Individual journey to Meiringen

2nd Day: Meiringen – Grindelwald

Take the post bus to Rosenlaui, where the first route commences via Große Scheidegg to Grindelwald, always with the magnificent panorama of the Threesome Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 14 km | Up 700 m / Down 980 m.

3rd Day: Grindelwald – Lauterbrunnen

Start the day with an ascent to Kleines Scheidegg. Follow the steep path past spectacular Trümmelbach falls, down to Lauterbrunnen (easier option: downhill to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen or train Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen).

Details: approx. 6,5 hours | 19 km | Up 1200 m / Down 1400 m.

4th Day: 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.

Details: approx. 7 hours | 22 km | Up 2000 m / Down 1400 m.

5th Day: 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 Öschinen Lake. Continue to Kandersteg (alternative from Öschinen Lake: take the cable car downhill).

Details: approx. 7,5 hours | 15 km | Up 1200 m / Down 2770 m.

6th Day: 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.

Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 16 km | Up 1350 m / Down 1170 m.

7th Day: Adelboden – Lenk

Today you end the Bear Trek with a walking tour from Adelboden via Hahnenmoos to Simmental. At the foot of the Wildstrubel you spend the last night in the beautiful Berner Oberland.

Details: approx. 4 hours | 13 km | Up 1060 m / Down 1950 m.

8th Day: Individual departure or extra days

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
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.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Via Alpina Bear Trek tour stays in middle class hotels and guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Available services

- 7 overnight stays in booked category, breakfast included
– Luggage transfer
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel and tour documents
– Service-Hotline

Not included

- Fares with public transport, mountain railways and cable cars.


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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

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Travel Information

We recommend flying to Zurich and arriving by train to the starting point in Meiringen. You can travel from Zurich to the starting point using a variety of train ticket options from Switzerland Travel Centre. For more information, please visit Switzerland Travel Centre.

By train to Meiringen. A few walking minutes or short taxi transfer to the starting hotel.

Parking in Meiringen: chargeable car park near the hotel, approx. EUR 15 per week or f.o.c. on the car park of the mountain railway. No reservation required.

Return from Lenk to Meiringen by train, duration approx. 3 hrs.

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Your Prices

Via Alpina Bear Trek, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast with half board as an optional upgrade.

Category Information
Category A: pretty middle class hotels, 1x traditional mountain inn (shower/toilet partly on the corridor)
Category B: family-run guesthouses and B&B´s (shower/toilet partly on the corridor)

2018 Walking Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 20.08. – 22.09.2018
Daily Arrivals
Season 2: 01.07. – 19.08.2018
Daily Arrivals

Category A: Prices per person
Season 1: £759 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £789 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £259

Category B: Prices per person
Season 1: £689 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £729 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £99

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price, and are payable at the hotel.

Holiday Price: £xxx
Single Supplement: £99

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