This has got to be one of the best hikes in Switzerland! This self-guided hiking vacation in Switzerland follows the Bear Trek (Bear Trail). This Swiss hike gets its name from a time gone by when the area was extremely remote and bears and wolves could be found. You don’t have to worry though, as you shall not see any bears nowadays. Experiencing some Bernese Oberland hiking, you are sure to have dramatic mountain views all around you. You may even come across other alpine trekkers who are enjoying the route.
The Bear Trek is a unique trail over amazing passes and along with glaciers. Along the route, you may also walk along the Via Alpina which is a network of 5 walking trails across the eight countries of the Alpine region! We have graded this self-guided walking holiday as a level 3 tour, which is aimed towards the more experienced hikers out there. As you make your way from Meiringen towards Lenk, you will be continually rewarded with wonderful alpine vistas.
Come and enjoy the beautiful Alps on one of the best hiking trails in Switzerland. Get hiking in Switzerland and book today. Leave us in charge and we will organise all your accommodation, luggage transfers where required, so you can get out hiking in preparation for your hiking vacation in Switzerland.
Minimum of 2 persons are required
High-level tours between 1.500 and 2.500 m on mountain paths and rocky, sometimes exposed paths are waiting for you. A sure footing, a good head for heights and certain endurance are required. Daily distances of up to 7 hours and managing of higher height differences are included. For self-guided hiking, a fair mountain experience is required. Most days there is climbing or around 1000m.
On this trip, we use a good level of accommodation.
Meiringen: Hotel Victoria
Family Anderegg welcomes you to Meiringen. Located right in the centre of the city, Hotel Victoria is an elegant start destination for your hiking tour. The excellent restaurant (14 Gault-Millau points) provides the ideal refreshment for the strenuous hiking days ahead of you. www.victoria-meiringen.ch
Grindelwald: Hotel Kirchbühl
A fantastic view of the Eigernordwand awaits you at the Private Selection Hotel Kirchbühl. For over 100 years, family Brawand has been indulging guests from all corners of the world with excellent food and a wonderful spa facility. www.kirchbuehl.ch
Wengen: Hotel Silberhorn
The car-free village of Wengen offers peace and relaxation in the midst of an enchanting mountainscape to everyone who comes here. A stay at Hotel Silberhorn is especially relaxing. From the Spa-area you will enjoy wonderful views on the peak of Jungfrau. www.silberhorn.ch
Griesalp: Griesalp Hotels
A small oasis in the middle of the summits of the Bernese Oberland. The Griesalp Hotels offer you excellent infrastructure in combination with wonderful panoramic views. Relax in the in-house sauna and enjoy regional specialities in the excellent restaurant Berghaus. www.griesalp-hotels.ch
Kandersteg: Victoria Belle Epoque
Victoria Epoque is located in the heart of Kandersteg, right in the middle of a huge park. This hotel has been welcoming guests from all over the world for over 220 years, and Mr. and Mrs. Platzer has maintained the level of hospitality and good service for the guests even today. www.hotel-victoria.ch
Adelboden: Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa
Bright rooms, creative cuisine and swimming pleasure in the midst of a wonderful mountain landscape. The Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa is not counted among the best accommodations in the alpine region for nothing. You can look forward to enjoying a relaxing stay at one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world. www.parkhotel-bellevue.ch
Lenk: Hotel Kreuz
A typical, chalet-style hotel in the heart of the small village of Lenk in Simmental. The hotel has a sauna, swimming pool and a small spa facility. An ideal terminus for your hiking trip to Bärentrek. www.kreuzlenk.ch
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
You start your Bear Trek walking holiday at 10 am at the railway station in Meiringen. There you deposit your luggage and take the public post bus service to Rosenlaui. Hike over the Great Scheidegg to Grindelwald always with full view of the marvellous panoramic views of the three famous Bernian giants Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Walking time 4.5 hours up 700m
The hiking tour for today starts with a continuous ascent up to the Little Scheidegg. Then a lively sunny trail leads you towards the car-free town of Wengen. Then small paths lead us past the spectacular Trümmelbach waterfalls, down to Lauterbrunnen. Walking time 6.5 hours up 1155m, down 915m.
Early in the morning ascent by cable car to Mürren. You walk over mostly snow-covered paths of Sefinenfurgge through the breath-taking alpine scenery. Walking time 7.5 hours, up 1315m, down 1415m.
The ascent to the Blüemlisalp is the most spectacular walk on this hiking tour. After a long and step walk up to 2843m you can enjoy an excellent meal at the Swiss mountain pasture hut Blüemlisalphütte. Nicely refreshed you now follow the trail over the Hohtürli and glacier moraines down to Lake Öschinen. Now, the town of Kandersteg is only a short walk away. Walking time 7 hours, Up 1450m down 1685 m.
First by cable car and on to the Allmenalp, then you ascent to Bonderchrinde. From here you enjoy a marvellous round view of the surrounding Alps. On a beautiful route you descent to Adelboden. Walking time 4.5 hours, up 835m, down 1220m
Today the Bear Trek will take you from the Idyllic village of Adelboden towards Hahnenmoospass. You shall see wonderful views of the peak Wildstrubel and on the descent of the valley Simmental. Walking time 4.5 hours, up 700m down 980m.
Depart after breakfast.
By plane to Zurich or Geneva. The starting hotel is in Meiringen. There are trains every hour from the major cities in Switzerland. From Lenk (last village on tour) trains are going back to Meiringen. The nearest airport is Zurich
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