Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

MT Sobek brings back an old favorite! Traverse the breathtaking alpine terrain of the Bernese Oberland, home to some the world's most striking mountains - Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger. Kick off the weeklong trek through Switzerland from the spectacular Rhone Valley and make your way along sweeping slopes, endless meadows, and massive cliffs. Witness glistening glacial lakes high up from a ridge on the Chindbetti pass and travel back in time at storybook villages that showcase panoramic views. Explore picturesque alpine hideaways and spend an unforgettable night on a rustic farm.

  • Hike the iconic landscapes of the Bernese Oberland: Jungfrau (Maiden), Monch (Monk), and Eiger (Ogre)

  • Explore postcard-perfect Swiss alpine villages, such as Lenk, Kandersteg and Murren

  • Spend nights at charming hotels and the Bundalp Auberge farmhouse on this exciting retro trip from our adventure archive

  • Arrive: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Depart: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 5-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Geneva & Journey to Crans

    Arrive in Geneva, meet your private bus outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, and transfer to the hillside resort town of Crans, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, situated above Sion in the Swiss Alps. In the late afternoon, gather in the hotel lobby for an orientation before enjoying dinner together.

    • Accommodation: Hotel de L'Etrier
    • Transportation: 2-hour private bus transfer
    • Meals: Dinner
  • Day02

    Explore Lake Tzeurier, Simmenfalle & Lenk

    Start the hike above Crans in Plan Mayen along the famous Ro irrigation canal that the Swiss call "bisse," then rejoin Lake Tzeurier on a scenic trail that crosses the alpine meadows of Lourantse and Armeillon. At the Plan des Roses, start the ascent up a gentle slope to the Rawill Pass (7,924'), which showcases a grandiose panorama of the Bernese Oberland. After you take in the view, descend toward Iffigenalp, take a minivan and transfer to Lenk near the Simmenfalle, a series of cascading waterfalls.

    • Accommodation: Sporthotel Wildstrubel
    • Activity: 7.5 hours/11 miles hiking with 2,970' elevation gain & 2,750' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Trek from Lenk to Engstligenalp Meadows

    Follow the torrents and cascades of the Simme River and start the long trek up toward the Ammerten Pass. In the distance see the resplendent Wildstrubel massif (10,640'), whose peaks offer a surprising contrast to the flat green plains of the Engstlingenalp meadows. This is where you leave the trail for the day, and check into the mountain inn.

  • Day04

    Hike from Engstligenalp to the Village of Kandersteg

    Start early this morning and trek up towards the majestic Tschingelhortighorn Mountain, skirting around its iconic summit. Follow a stunningly beautiful ridge, with views of glittering glacial lakes below, until you reach the Chindbettipass. As you descend toward the high-altitude resort village of Kandersteg, take in the gorgeous scenery of cliffs and verdant plains all around.

    • Accommodation: Bernerhof Swiss Quality Hotel
    • Activity: 7 hours/13 miles hiking with 2,400' elevation gain & 4,900' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Hike from Kandersteg to the Meadows of Kiental

    Today features a long ascent but with enough gems along the way to make it easier. Early on, come to Lake Oeschinen, at the foot of the Bluemlisalp Massif, and meadows that are worth a stop. Reach the impressive tongues of the Bluumlisalpgletscher glacier and the Hohturli Pass (8,882') with its 360-degree view over the Kandertal and Kiental. The descent into the Kiental meadows is steep and constant at first. Today's destination is Bundalp, a farmhouse inn tucked away in a splendid mountain setting.

    • Accommodation: Bundalp Auberge
    • Activity: 7 hours/13 miles hiking with 3,700' elevation gain & 3,100' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Hike from Kiental to the Village of Murren

    Descend briefly to the Bundstag Bridge, where you rejoin the Sefinenfurgge route. The companions in the distance are nothing short of majestic - take in the Jungfrau (13,669'), the Monch (13,468'), and the Eiger (13,025'). Follow a long descent toward the Rotstock meadows and Murren, which is the birthplace of modern alpine racing. From here, walk another 1.5 hours on the famed North Face Trail, rich with mountaineering history. Stop in the cozy village of Murren to rest for the night. If the cloud cover stays away, take in an enchanting sunset.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Alpenruh
    • Activity: 7.5 hours/12 miles hiking with 3,960' elevation gain & 2,650' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Take a Cable Car & Cog-Wheel Train to Grindelwald

    Leave the heights of Murren and descend by cable car into the majestic Lauterbrunnen valley, flanked by massive, sheer cliffs and with more than 70 waterfalls falling into the meadow below. Follow the course of the Weisse Lu¨tschine River, hike up along the Trummel gorges and arrive at the foot of the Jungfrau, the Monch, and the Eiger. Ascend to the mountain pass of Kleine Scheidegg (6,772') by the only method of local transport - cog-wheel train. Marvel at the view, then head down to Grindelwald, which has a long history as a mountaineering base.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Kirchbuehl
    • Activity: 7.5 hours/12 miles hiking with 3,700' elevation gain & 1,650' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 30-minute cable car & cog-wheel train ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Bid Farewell to the Bernese Oberland & Return to Geneva

    After breakfast, transfer to Geneva airport for homeward-bound flights. Note that flights should be scheduled no earlier than 1pm.

    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has more than four decades of experience leading trips in the Alps and our expert guides in the region are among our very best.

Reason #02

We first went to the Bernese Oberland over 25 years ago and have taken this classic trek out of the vault for our 50th year.

Reason #03

With carefully selected lodgings every night, you'll be sure of a comfortable and rewarding end to demanding days on the trail.

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Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Long strenuous hikes through magnificent alpine landscapes, riding cable cars and cog-wheel trains, and unwinding at spas.

  • Lodging

    Charming family-run inns and alpine hotels with well-appointed rooms, spas, and regional cuisine, plus a night's stay in a rustic farmhouse.

  • Climate

    The days can quickly change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is likely at the high passes. Come prepared for everything.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    A MT Sobek representative will meet you in the arrivals hall of the Geneva International Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm and 2:00pm on Day 1.

  • Do I really need hiking poles?

    We require hiking poles on this trip. The terrain is slippery and shifting, requiring assisted balance. Steep downhills add pressure to knee-joints.

  • How rustic is the Bundalp Auberge on the fifth night?

    Very rustic. Guestrooms are very small and lacking in amenities. There is little privacy. This is an authentic mountain adventure, and only one step up from camping.

  • How fit should I be to embark on this challenge?

    Pretty fit. This is a trip for experienced hikers. If you have never done a strenuous, multi-day hiking trip before, we recommend you start with our classic Tour du Mont Blanc.

  • Will I have Wi-Fi?

    You should have Wi-Fi on every night, except night five.

  • Do I really need high-ankle hiking boots?

    Yes, absolutely.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Aug 24 - 31, 2019
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Jul 19 - 26, 2020
  • Available
    Aug 23 - 30, 2020
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$4,795.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $600.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
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