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Ski Touring in the Berner Oberland

Berner Oberland | Switzerland
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to ski tour in the Berner Oberland

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    Experience unparalleled views of the legendary Swiss Alps

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    Spend your nights in world-class mountain huts

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    From corn to crust, ski a wide variety of top-quality snowpack

As the epitome of skiing, the Swiss Alps need no introduction. And though they house many world-class backcountry ski areas, none are quite as dramatic as the Berner Oberland. Easily accessed by train from the quaint town of Interlaken, the Bernese Highlands hide the most massive glaciers in the Alps. While the main activity here is peak-bagging, the ski touring potential is immense. The summits are engaging, the descents are long and fun, and the scenery in regions like Jungfrau is simply out of this world. The slopes are full of cozy, Swiss-quality ski huts, serving as excellent pit stops between your alpine adventures. If you’re looking for big peaks and even bigger skiing, Berner Oberland’s high-altitude wonderland is sure to give you a run to remember!

Season

April through May

Nearest city

Bern, Switzerland, is 1.5 hours away from the Berner Oberland

Duration

6 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Ski Touring in the Berner Oberland

6 days

Join a seasoned guide on a once-in-a-lifetime ski tour at the heart of the Swiss Alps! Start your tour with a ride to the legendary Jungfraujoch Train station, the highest train station in Europe, and spend the following six days touring, climbing, and skiing some of the greatest peaks in the Swiss Alps. Stay in cozy mountain huts, take in the breathtaking scenery and conquer the Berner Oberland’s diverse and engaging glaciated terrain.

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 0: Meet and Greet

Meet your guide in Interlaken. After an equipment check and itinerary review, enjoy a delicious dinner and hit the sack.

A tourer admiring the views in the Swiss Alps

Day 1: To the Alps!

Enjoy a scenic ride on the legendary Jungfraujoch train—you’re in an alpine paradise! Take a short tour or climb the Monch (13,474 ft/ 4,107 m) on the way to the Monchsjoch Hut (11,998 ft/ 3,657 m).

Ski Tourers in the Alps

 

Day 2: Krangbergfirn Glacier and Konkordia Hut

Rise early for an ascent and ski descent of the Jungfrau (13,461 ft/ 4,158m) or the Louwitor (12,391 ft/ 3,777 m). Continue through the Louwitor Col (12,060 ft/ 3,676 m) for some elegant skiing down the Kranbergfirn glacier to the Konkordia Hut (9,350 ft/ 2850 m).

 

View of the clouds in the Alps

Day 3: Gruneggfirn Glacier and Finsteraarhorn Hut

Head up the Gruneggfirn glacier with the option to ascend and ski the Grunegghorn as you make your way over the Grunhornlucke Col. From here, you can also ski the Wysnollen en route to the Finsteraarhorn Hut (10,000 ft/ 3,048 m).

 

A skier posing in front of some peaks in the Alps

Day 4: Finsteraarhorn

Head up on the Finsteraarhorn for an enjoyable day of skiing. You will spend a second night there.

A ski tourer on a cliff in the Alps

 

Day 5: Grosses Wannenhorn and the Oberaarjoch Hut

Day 5’s objective is a ski ascent of the Grosses Wannenhorn (12,811 ft/3,905 m). Afterward, set a course for the Oberaarjoch Hut (10,682 ft/3256 m), where you’ll spend the night.

A skier descending a slope in the Alps

Day 6: Bachigletscher and Return

Sunrise from this amazing hut gets you nice and ready for a lovely ski over a couple of cols, as well as a long and enjoyable ski descent of the Bachigletscher glacier. Afterward, take a taxi down to Reckingen and train back to Interlaken, marking the end of your tour.

View from a cabin in the Berner Oberland
Reviews

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Eric S. about Alpine Guides International on Guide’s Website

Mark is the 5th guide I have experienced and is by far the best. Mark’s approach is to provide outstanding levels of protection expertly done in a way that enables you to get on and enjoy your expedition confident in the knowledge that you are in good hands. Mark is a really great individual to spend time with on the mountains. He is both interesting and interested. Mark also took the time to teach me new skills enabling me to get even more enjoyment from the time we spent together. The outcome of all this was an experience in which I felt we were a team rather than a guide and a client. I have banked my time with Mark as happy memories and over the years intend to add many more with this exceptional individual. I wholeheartedly recommend him to you.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in the Berner Oberland, Switzerland

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 the Berner Oberland, Switzerland, please refer to Switzerland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines.

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!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of backcountry ski touring
    • Lift, train, and bus transportation for the duration of the tour
    • Two nights of accommodations in the Interlaken hotel
    • Five nights of mountain hut accommodation with breakfast and dinner

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to and from Interlaken
    • Meals in Interlaken
    • Lunches, drinks, and snacks in the huts
    • Travel and rescue insurance

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have an advanced level of fitness and be a solid intermediate to advanced skier who is comfortable in variable snow conditions in a variety of terrain including avalanche terrain. . You should be able to hike for 6-8 hours a day with a 25lb pack, covering up to 5,000 feet skiing and skinning on varied terrain. There are some steep sections on this tour that you might have to boot up and side step or get lowered down on a rope. With that said, there isn’t much real steep skiing as most of it consists of moderate angled glacier skiing. It is important to have the skills to manage speed and have control in variable surface conditions (powder, hardpack, breakable crust, corn, and pack powder) while in glaciated terrain.

What if I’ve never ski toured before?

This adventure is suited for intermediate to advanced skiers with previous backcountry skiing and riding experience. If this is your first time in the backcountry, we suggest joining a guide for a day of introduction to backcountry skiing.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Crampons
    • Ice ax
    • Two locking and two non-locking carabiners
    • Perlon cord — 5,5 m/ 7 mm and 1,5 m/ 6 mm
    • Long rubber ski straps
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe
      • Climbing harness

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses or glacier glasses
    • Ski goggles with light lens
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Buff or fleece neck warmer
    • Lightweight gloves for ski touring
    • Insulating shell gloves
    • Puffy synthetic or wool mitts
    • Hand warmers
    • Synthetic or wool base layers and underwear
    • Expedition weight synthetic longs sleeve shirt
    • Softshell jacket with hood or heavyweight fleece jacket
    • Insulating puffy jacket
    • Waterproof hardshell jacket
    • Softshell pants
    • Lightweight shell pants
    • Light synthetic or wool ski socks
    • Water bottles
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Toiletry kit (toothbrush and toothpaste, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
    • Headlamp with fresh batteries
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Climbing pack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera with extra battery — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

Ski rental locations are in Grindelwald, half an hour away from Interlaken, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes:

    • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
    • A minimum of 4 participants is required for the tour to run.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Ski touring in the Berner 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.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A deposit of $500 per person is needed to secure your spot. Full amount should be paid three months prior to departure. If you cancel the trip over 48 hours after booking, the deposit is not refundable.
For cancellations of 60 or more days prior to departure, Alpine Guides International will charge a $100 fee and refund the remaining amount.
There will be no refunds for cancellations made within 60 days of the departure date.
If Alpine Guides International cancels the trip you can expect a full refund.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Berner Oberland in Switzerland, most people fly into Geneva Airport 2.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a train to Interlaken.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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