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Hikers at the Oeschinensee mountain lake in the municipality of Kandersteg

Via Alpina „Bear Trek“

Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

8 Days / 7 Nights
Hikers at the Oeschinensee mountain lake in the municipality of Kandersteg

Explore alpine Switzerland at it’s most impressive: The Bear Trek is a unique route over spectacular passes and along grand glaciers. Via Alpina leads through valleys and gorges, past the three “proud Swiss” Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau right to the Swiss holiday resort Adelboden-Lenk. Do not count on meeting any bears nowadays. The name derives from old times when only bears and wolfs were able to trot this routes. And today it is your turn: the Bear Trek is more than a walking our. You cross several passes. The summits and plateaus reward your alpinist efforts. Enjoy the perfect magnificent beauty of the Alps!

Good quality mountaineering shoes, plenty of stamina and a great fitness level is what you will definitely need on the trekking tour along the Via Alpina in Switzerland. You will spend countless metres in altitude and hours in the stupendous mountain world. One peak follows the next and one view is more beautiful than the other. 

  • Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau: are the most famous peaks of the Bernese Oberland and form a striking group of three, which can be seen from afar.
  • Blüemlisalp-hut: The hut on the glacier is located at an altitude of 2,843 metres. After a strenuous climb, you definitely deserve lunch with a magnificent view.
  • Cable car to the Allmenalp: With the cable car you float towards Mount Bunderspitz. At the top you enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding Swiss Alps.

One hiking stage along the Via Alpina can take up to six hours. In addition, you have to be prepared for several hundred metres of altitude and a distance of around 13 kilometres per day. So the tour is not for the fainthearted. Are you a die-hard mountaineer? Then let’s go and explore the Swiss mountains from Meiringen to Lenk.

Itinerary at a glance

The Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, the Wetterhorn, and the Eiger North Face are just some of the impressive sights along the Bear Trek. After your hikes, including those to the Blüemlisalp and Oeschinen Lake, you can relax in our charming hotels.
Arrival in Meiringen

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.

Start the day with an ascent on the ‘Eiger Nordwand’ to Kleines Scheidegg. Follow the steep path that finally leads to Wengen.

Short trip to Lauterbrunnen and from here by train to Mürren. The trekking route leads past the Spillbodenalp to the Rotstockhütte. After a short stop for refreshments, climb the Sefinenfurgge and descend spectacularly to the Pochtenalp or the Griesalp.

Today you join the Queen’s stage – a climb up to Hohtürli. 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).

Take the mountain railway up to Allmenalp, then ascent to Bonderchrinde. A stunning panorama view of the surrounding summits is a well earned reward. Continue downhill to Adelboden.

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.

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Route information


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.

Prices & Dates

Category A: pretty middle class hotels, 1x traditional mountain inn (shower/toilet on the corridor)

Category B: pretty guesthouses and B&B´s (shower/toilet partly on the corridor)

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation in booked category
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to Meiringen and in a few walking minutes or short taxi transfer to the starting hotel.
  • Zurich airport.
  • Parking: chargeable car park at the mountain railway, approx. EUR 5 per day. No reservation.
  • Return from Lenk to Meiringen by train, duration approx. 3 hrs.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Fares with public transport, mountain railways and cable cars, approx. EUR 60 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of EUR 20 per room.

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