Inspiring hikes and fairy-tale villages among Switzerland’s most famous peaks!
Come soak in the landscapes and villages of the Bernese Oberland—some of the most stunning in the Alps—with the company that’s been exploring the Alps for over four decades! Situated entirely in Switzerland, the peaks of the Bernese Oberland count no less than nine summits over 13,200 feet and include some of the country’s largest glaciers! Among its most notable are the Jungfrau (“Maiden”), the Mönch (“Monk”), and the Eiger (“Ogre”)—all three steeped in mountaineering history and lore. This challenging, seven-day traverse of the Bernese range captivates at every turn. Whether it is the Wildstrubel massif overlooking Engstlingenalp’s bright green plains, a remarkable ascent along the gorges of Trummel, an overnight in a mountain farmhouse in Bundalp, the hike along a ridge to the Chindbetti Pass with its reflecting glacial lakes far below, picturesque, mountain villages like Wengen and Murren to welcome you at the end of each day, this trip is so chock-full of unforgettable experiences you may never want to leave. Our beloved, expert guides have been trekking these peaks for years; so enjoy the adventure!
7 Days of very strenuous hiking on varied, rocky, often steep terrain.
- Hike the foothills of Switzerland’s titans—the Jungfrau, Mönch, and the Eiger—with MTS, the company that has specialized in the Alps for over four decades
- Enjoy challenging hikes with the expert leadership and savoir-faire of long-time favorite MTS guides and expert alpinists—the best in the Alps!
- Discover charming, Swiss mountain villages as you hike among the most beautiful peaks and landscapes of the Alps
- Enjoy the quaint and cozy accommodations of small family-run inns and hotels, including one night in a rustic farmhouse
Duration: 9 days Start Location: Geneva End Location: GenevaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Geneva - Transfer to Crans, Switzerland
Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland, and transfer to the hillside resort town of Crans.
Day 2 : Lake Tzeurier – Simmenfälle – Lenk
Hike from Lake Tzeurier to Simmenfälle (waterfalls) and Lenk, crossing Lourantse, the Plan des Roses, and the Rawill pass on the way.
Day 3 : Lenk – Simmenfälle – Engstligenalp
Long trek from Lenk and the Simmenfälle to the Ammerten pass, to spend the night on the Engstlingenalp meadows
Day 4 : Engstligenalp – Kandersteg
Trek toward the Tschingelhortighorn, through the Chindbettipass and down toward the green plains of Kandersteg.
Day 5 : Kandersteg – Kiental
Descent from Kandersteg, past Lake Oeschinen, the Blümlisalpgletscher glacier and Hohtürli pass, to arrive at Bundalp mountain auberge by sundown.
Day 6 : Kiental – Mürren
Rejoin the Sefinenfurgge route, from the Bundstag Bridge to the Mürren heights, with stunning mountain views of the Jungfrau, the Mönch and the Eiger.
Day 7 : Mürren – Wengen
Descent from Mürren to the Lauterbrunnen valley by cable car, ascent along the Trummel gorges, to arrive at Wengen resort at the foot of the mountains.
Day 8 : Wengen – Grindelwald
Ride on a traditional Swiss small train, from Wengen up to Kleine Scheiddeg. Hike the Eiger trail up to the Gletscherschlucht and Grindelwald.
Day 9 : Geneva – Depart
Transfer from Grindelwald to Geneva International Airport, to depart on homeward-bound flights.
DATES: Best time to go: July - August Departures: Jul 27, 2013 - Aug 4, 2013 Aug 17 - 25, 2013
Bundalp Farm AubergeIn the mountains
Tonight’s accommodation is the favorite of your guides’. The Bundalp Auberge is a real farmhouse, owned and kept by Ruth und Andreas Steiner. Here, they serve fresh organic produce grown right here on the farm. The homemade alpine cheese is specially to be recommended. If you like traditional Swiss food, this is the place for you.
However, come prepared very basic accommodations on this night. You will have a small, private guestroom located in the loft above the cows in the barn. Guestrooms are equipped with a bed, clean sheets, a pillow and blankets, and there is electricity. There are two bathrooms on the lower floor, and a shower room (with 2 showers) located in the detached main building. The Bundalp farm is only a little less rustic than camping, but is the only option available this evening. If this sounds too rustic for you, please ask our European Regional Sales Specialist for alternate trip ideas.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, Jean Marc began guiding for MTS several years ago. He is what the French call polyvalent (“able to do many things”). His talents range from being a licensed pyrotechnic specialist, snowboard manufacturer, journalist, musical group crew, and theater worker. If this weren’t enough, in addition to his passion for hiking, he also teaches children the skills of mountain biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Jean-Marc has led over 60 trips to the Alps and proudly carried the Olympic torch to the 2008 Ticino winter games.
Laurent Langoisseur hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan (a small village that became famous in August 1944, “tournai sur dives”). At the age of 12, Laurent read La Grande Crevasse by Roger Frison-Roche, and became fascinated by the guiding and climbing descriptions of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area. At 16, Laurent visited the area and was hooked. At 19, Laurent joined the French alpine troops, and after a year of service, moved to Chamonix. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader (certification), and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc more close to 100 times. He is also an accomplished mountaineer, having summated Mont Blanc 3 times, as well as several other mountains over 13,000’. When he is not hiking and climbing, Laurent can be found running long distances for fun. Laurent recently completed a 48-mile race in 6 hours; and has also finished 48 miles in 9 hours with 10,000’ of ascent/descent. Laurent has been guiding for MTS since 1995, and is a Senior guide on our Tour du Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc Express, Mont Blanc to Matterhorn (Haute Route), GR5, Gran Paradiso, and French Riviera trips, as well as any other trip we can get him on! His knowledge of the culture, history, plants, birds, and the name of every single peak and glacier along the trail is a wonderful complement to his guiding skills. When he isn’t guiding for us, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides; and during the winter, he’s a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.
Stéphane is a true man of the mountains, with a Savoyard father and Swiss mother. He grew up in Chamonix, then left the valley to follow his first love, architecture. But the call of the wild proved too strong: numerous travels in North Africa, Siberia, and the Himalaya opened a new door to him—the profession of hiking guide. Nowadays Stéphane lives in a chalet in Chamonix from where he escapes frequently to travel the mountain areas of the world. “Steph” has now been a member of the Compagnie des Guides for many years, with over 100 trips to the Alps under his belt.
A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area’s oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, “Flo” spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.
Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers. Her Grand father was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains, and will share her enthusiasm and her great experience with you during your trip.