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In the sun-bathed days of summer, Bernese Oberland—the heart and soul of Swiss adventures—becomes a true feast for the senses. The crisp air that is enriched with the sweetness of wildflowers and clinking cowbells makes this bucolic arena the perfect setting for your 8-day hiking adventure. With the magical Grindelwald as your base, transportation options are just superb—heritage cable cars and cogwheel railways will whisk you high above jewel-like lakes, pastoral meadows, mighty glaciers, and evergreen forests. And once you’re done with explorations for the day, retreat to a moonlit terrace for a glass of Petite Arvine paired with traditional Swiss dishes.

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  • Premier hiking trails winding their way through the heart of the Swiss Alps

  • Witness monumental glaciers and +13,000 peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau

  • Revel in your Alpenglow cocktail and delicious cuisine from lofty bars and restaurants

Itinerary

A hiking trip to Bernese Oberland is the epitome of an Alpine paradise. The views you’ll be witnessing over the course of 8-days are nothing short of spectacular, with snow-capped peaks, cow-grazed meadows, and crystalline lakes providing an unforgettable experience in the Swiss Alps. The charming Grindelwald and a high-quality hotel will be your base, breakfasts and dinners are taken care of, and every day you’ll use the fantastic transportation to maximize your explorations. Feel the Swiss hospitality, and taste their mouth-drooling cuisine, marvel at unique natural gems.

  • Settle into your hotel in Grindelwald and join your guide at 6pm for a briefing. If you arrive early, there are plenty of shops and local sites—such as Trümmelbach Falls—to explore in Grindelwald. As this is a hotel-based trekking trip, your base for the week is the same, high-quality Grindelwald with breakfast and dinner included.
    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald

  • Hop on a bus to Hotel Wetterhorn (or you can hike up, extra 3.5 km / 2.2. miles), from where you’ll get on the undulating trail along the side of the valley to Chalet Milbach. This balcony path has superb views of the icefall of the Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher. Continue onto Pfingstegg (1,391 m / 4,564 ft) for a refreshment stop. From here, follow the path through the meadow and along a path which rises steadily—enjoy views of the gorge and the east ridge of Eiger. As you reach Stieregg, have lunch at Bäregg. Return along the same path to Pfingstegg and catch the cable car back to Grindelwald. Another option is reaching Grindelwald through the forest: although rather steep, the footpaths are good throughout.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald
    Distance: 4-5 hours
    Hiking: 8.5 km / 5.3 miles
    Elevation: +558 m / +1,831 ft | -397 m / -1,302 ft

  • Start the day with a short hike up to Gletscherschlucht. Next you’ll head through the forest and out onto the rocky paths with great views of Grindelwald. Make your way up some smooth slabs, which are easily climbed with the help of a ladder. The trail continues winding through the forest up to Schüssellauenen and out into the open with views of Eiger Mittellegi Ridge. Descend to Alpiglen for your lunch stop (or take the train from Grindelwald to Alpiglen if you want to make the day shorter), and after it, pick up the Eiger Trail until you reach Eigergletscher. You might even see climbers embarking on the famous ascent. Once you’ve taken in views of the Eigergletscher cascading down the mountain, descend to Kleine Scheidegg and go back to Grindelwald (or take the train from Eigergletscher).
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald
    Distance: 7.5 hours
    Hiking: 15 km / 9.3 miles
    Elevation: +1,510 m / +4,954 ft | -500 m / -1,640 ft

  • After a train ride to Wilderswil, take the historic funicular to Schynige Platte. Next to the station is an incredible alpine garden and great panoramas over the Lütschental and Lauterbrunnental valleys. Take the Panoramaweg past the station and enjoy fantastic views down to Lake Brienz. Traverse a steep slope to the pass below the peak of Loucherhorn (2,230 m / 6,627) and reach the remote Weber hut. From there, follow the trail boasting views of snow-capped peaks of Mönch, Jungfrau, and Eiger. Once you reach the summit of Faulhorn, have a well-deserved refreshment stop. Descend down to Gassenboden and Lake Bachalpsee. Take the “first” cable car to go back to Grindelwald or hike Trotti Bikes (additional fee) to make the speedy return.
    Note: It’s possible to reduce the length of today’s walk. Talk with your guides.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald
    Distance: 6-7 hours
    Hiking: 15 km / 9.3 miles
    Elevation: +614 m / +2,014 ft | -513 m / -1,683 ft

  • Such a unique area deserves a rest day so you can explore the surroundings (or just relax at the hotel). Here are some top recommendations:

      • Journey on the famous Jungfraujoch Railway to the highest railway station in Europe—at 3,454 m / 11,332 ft
      • Traverse an ice field for a coffee at the highest occupied hut in Europe: Mönchsjochhütte at 3,650 m / 11,975 ft
      • Explore the charming Interlaken, relax by the lake, or take a cruise on Lake Thunsee to the medieval town of Thun and its castle
      • Discover the Trümmelbach Falls—hidden inside a mountain—which carry 20,000 liters of glacial meltwaters per second
      • Travel to Mürren and hike from the car-free village to the summit of the Schilthorn at 2,970 m / 9,744 ft—famous for being featured in a James Bond movie

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald

  • Take the Holstein cable car from Grindelwald up to Männlichen and reach the summit of Männlichen Gipfl (2,342 / 7,306 ft). From there, admire views of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau before taking the cable car down to the car-free village of Wengen. Next section follows the final part of the Eiger Ultra Trail, after which you continue towards Mettlenalp via farm trails—once again, expect terrific views of those peaks. Go steadily up to Wengernalp through the open farmlands and meadows. Follow the railway line up to Kleine Scheidegg for a refreshment stop. You can either take the path over to Männlichen and return to Grindelwald via the Holstein cable car, or take the gentle path from Kleine Scheidegg to Alpiglen station to board a train back to Grindelwald.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald
    Distance: 5-6 hours
    Hiking: 12 km / 7.4 miles
    Elevation: +1,070 m / +3,510 ft | -115 m / -377 ft OR to Alpiglen +902 m / 2,959 ft | -560 m / 1,837 ft

  • Wake up early and take a train ride to Lauterbrunnen. From there, take the cable car to Grütschalp, where you’ll catch the train to Mürren. Follow a steep path to the upper station of the Allmendhubel funicular railway, and continue walking up to Sonnenberg through the meadows. Pick up the path that contours along the mountainside beneath the Schilthorn cable car and to Schiltalp. Then you’ll make your way out to the isolated Rotstockhütte at 2,039 m / 6,690 ft—where you’ll stop for lunch—following the Wassenegg ridge with wonderful views along the way. Once you’ve soaked in the views, follow the trail to Brig, descend via the Wassenegg ridge, and follow the river down to Spielbodenalp, and back into Mürren.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Grindelwald
    Distance: 5 hours
    Hiking: 13 km / 8 miles
    Elevation: +610 m / +2,001 ft | -825 m / -2,707 ft

  • Your hiking adventure in the Bernese Oberland has come to an end. Return to the airport or keep on exploring—just ask your guides for some recommendations!
    Meals: Breakfast

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Meet your guides

Emma Jack
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Emma Jack
International Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader, and Nordic Ski Instructor
International Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader, and Nordic Ski Instructor
Emma has been leading treks and expeditions ever since 2005. She's led trips all over the world, but Corsica, Nepal, and the Alps remain her top three trekking destinations and Tour du Mont Blanc trek her favorite route. In 2009, she made the first ever ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. Emma is fluent in French, Russian, and Spanish.
Becki Penrose
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Becki Penrose
International Mountain Leader, BASI ski instructor
International Mountain Leader, BASI ski instructor
Becki is an International Mountain Leader with many years of guiding experience, taking groups in the mountains on walking, climbing, and skiing trips. She is also a qualified BASI ski instructor and she’s led expeditions and treks to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Morocco, Bolivia, and China, as well as guided trekking and trail running in the European Alps.
Cloud 9 Adventure
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Cloud 9 Adventure
Offering a diverse range of trips in the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, Jura and beyond, Cloud 9 Adventure is all about conveying their passion for adventure travel among some of the world’s most magnificent mountain landscapes—and as far away from the crowds as possible.  
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Erric Reynolds (source: Trip Advisor)

Cloud 9 planned everything for our group: Food, lodging, baggage transportation and excellent hiking plans. The food and service in the hotels was great and staffs were friendly and helpful! I would highly recommend Cloud 9 for anyone planning a trip.

Jessica Hope (source: Trip Advisor)

What an incredible experience. Our guide was fantastic, teaching our kids so many things along the way. Highly recommend!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, fully qualified hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area (International Mountain Leader)
      • 8-day hiking adventure in Bernese Oberland
      • Accommodation (7 nights in a comfortable hotel)
      • Breakfasts and dinners (as listed in the itinerary)
      • Jungfrau 6-day travel pass
      • Transportation during the tour

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Switzerland
      • Lunches
      • Personal drinks and snacks
      • Rest-day travel and entrance costs or travel pass supplements
      • Trotti Bike hire — optional on Day 4
      • Travel insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To fully enjoy the 8-day tour with 5 days of trekking and one rest day in the Bernese Oberland, a moderate to high level of fitness is recommended. You should be comfortable with hiking between 5.3 and 9.3 miles (8.5 and 15 km) per day with up to 5,000 feet (1,520 m) of elevation gain. Keep in mind that you’ll also be carrying a daypack filled with things you might need throughout the day.

    Some walks are more challenging than the others, but you can always walk at a steady pace. As you’ll be based in Grindelwald for the duration of this tour, there is an option to skip a day if you’d like. The excellent transport network allows for walks to be shortened and this is something you can discuss with your guide once you’re there.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Week’s worth hiking clothing
      • Leisure clothing — optional
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this hiking adventure in the Bernese Oberland, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 10:1. The maximum group size is 10.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in the Bernese Oberland can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • To get to Grindelwald, the starting point of your hiking adventure in Bernese Oberland, most people fly into Zurich Airport (ZRH). It takes around 2.5 hours to reach Grindelwald by car and around 3 hours by train. You can also fly into Geneva Airport (GVA), but add an hour to your journey.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet in Grindelwald.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Switzerland, please refer to COVID-19 information by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 10 weeks (70 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to seventy (70) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, only the Client’s deposit will be forfeited plus any other non-refundable items the Guide has paid for, such as hotels or guides.
      • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to seventy (70) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total price of the trip, plus any other non-refundable items the Guide has paid for, such as hotels or guides.
      • For cancellations thirty or less days in advance, Client is not entitled to any refund.
      • Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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