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Walk the most famous Balcony in the Alps, from Lenk to Grindelwald.
Destinations > Switzerland > Self-Guided Walking in the Bernese Oberland
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02 Nov 2019
03 Oct 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Selected dates, Jul - Sep '20
Walk the most famous Balcony in the Alps, from Lenk to Grindelwald on this self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Alps. Admire the mighty peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as you follow paths offering a great variety of mountain landscapes from balconies, green valleys, and traditional Villages filled with colourful flower-filled window boxes to stunning high altitude lakes. This is a challenging but exhilarating hike in one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the entire European Alps.
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Walk the impressive Bernese Oberland
Discover Traditional flowered villages, Lenk, Aldelboden and Kandersteg
Explore a variety of mountain landscapes, including balconies, green valleys and stunning high altitude lakes
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Your accommodation for the first night of this trip is in Swiss village of Lenk. Set in stunning mountain scenery the Alpine town of Lenk has its own thermal pools. If you arrive early today you may wish to hike to the foot of the Wildstrubel massif which takes between 3 and 6 hours and is between 7.4km to 23.5km, depending on the route you choose.
Leaving Lenk today you take a beautiful ascent up to the pass of Hahenmoos (1956m). From here you hike downhill into the pastures all the way down to the village of Aldelboden where you spend the night. This charming chalet village is home to a 15th century church and largest fondue parlour in the region!
Today's 14km walk is expected to take approximately 5 hours and you will ascend 1000m and descend 1250m. (B)(D)
Today you have a challenge ahead of you with a demanding but rewarding hike. The walk starts off passing through the cow-filled meadows of Allmenalp, with the path slowly getting steeper as you rise up towards the top of the pass. Here you will be able to soak in the beautiful scenery and amazing views over the Alps. Cross the Bunderspitz pass at 2,546m and enjoy the scenic but steep descent into the Ueschinen Valley to Kandersteg where you spend the night.
Today's walk is between 16 km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours and you will ascend 1250m and descend between 700m to 1350m. (B)(D)
Travel to the highest point of the trip with the pass of the Hohtürli (2778m), at the foot of the Blümlisalp massif (3663m). Start by taking the chair lift to a lake which is fed by a series of mountain creeks and its power harnessed to help provide electricity and water to a local village. From here you walk to Griesalp, where you will spend the night at a welcoming mountain inn.
Today's 14km walk is expected to take approximately 6.5 hours and you will ascend 1200m to 1600m and descend 1400m. (B)(D)
Walk through the middle of rich pastures with decorated chalets with a backdrop of glaciers and high mountains, dominated by the Grosshorn (3754m) and Breithorn (3785m). The route takes you along a pass and then descending to Murren where you take the train down to Lauterbrunnen where you spend the night.
Today's 14km walk is expected to take approximately 6.5 hours and you will ascend 1210m and descend 975m. (B)(D)
Start with a climb up to the waterfalls of Trümmelbach, a series of ten glacial-waterfalls carved inside the mountain. Next this spectacular stage due to the numerous waterfalls and views nearby peaks goes along the north face of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains using a pass at 2061 metres. Descend to Grindelwald where you spend the night.
Today's 20km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours and you will ascend 1250m and descend 1050m. (B)(D)
After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.
If you have extra time we suggest that you go and discover the Faulhorn (2680m), a first class summit you can approach in four different ways and which offers an exceptional view of the high peaks around and further to the valley and its lakes. You can walk directly from the hotel, take a cable car to 2168m or take the local bus and a trail at the foot of the Weitterhorn Mountain. Alternatively you could take the rack railway. This is a 21km walk is expected to take approximately 7 hours. This can be shortened depending on which route you take. (B)
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*Conditions apply. A discount of 5% on the land only aspect is available on all small group and self-guided trips. Bookings must be made by 2 November 2019. The offer applies to bookings made between 3 October - 2 November 2019. We regret the discount cannot be applied retrospectively to existing bookings. The offer is available on all Explore small group and self-guided trips. Galapagos boat-based trips (trip codes: GM7B, GX7B, GM7A, GX7A, GY7B, GY7A) and Polar Voyages are not included. The discount cannot be applied to additional services such as flights, single room options and pre- or post-trip arrangements. The offer can be used in conjunction with Explore Loyalty Discounts. It can also be combined with the Recommend a Friend Offer (see website for details). This offer is available to customers booking directly with Explore as well as customers booking indirectly through travel agencies. The reduced price is displayed on the Explore website. There is no need to quote a discount code. The offer is subject to availability and Explore reserves the right to withdraw it.
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