Via Alpina – The Bear Trek from Meiringen to Lenk.
The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes and goes through six Swiss cantons with a vast variety of culture, geology and topography. The route has some of the world’s most diverse varieties of flora and fauna.
The Bear Trek – Via Alpina from Meiringen to Lenk.
£720.00 per person based on two people sharing a room. Accommodation in family-run guesthouses and B&Bs (sometimes with shared bathrooms). Single room £100.00
£770.00 per person based on two people sharing a room. Accommodation in family run hotels, 1 x traditional mountain inn (shared bathroom). Single room £260.00
£990.00 per person based on two people sharing a room: Accommodation in a mixture of 3* and 4* hotels – hotel list under additional information. Single room £350.00
7 nights accommodation in category listed above; breakfast each morning; luggage transportation; route notes and maps ; telephone back up for the duration of your walk should you need assistance.
Guide, all meals except for breakfast, cable cars, bus and train used during the walks, insurance.
When to Go:
Daily departures 1st July to 22nd September
Day 1: Arrival in Meiringen
Individual arrival in Meringen.
Day 2: Meiringen – Grindelwald (hike Rosenlaui – Grindelwald 5 hours 30mins)Bus from Meiringen – Rosenlaui
Take the post bus to Rosenlaui, where the first route commences via Große Scheidegg to Grindelwald, enjoying the magnificent panorama of the Threesome Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Walk past the Reichenbach Falls – legendary scene of the dual between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty – to the nostalgic Rosenlaui Hotel, dating from the pioneering age of Alpine tourism and past the glacier gorge, considered one of the great natural sights of Switzerland and through beautiful moorland over the Grosse Scheidegg to Grindelwald.
Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 14 km |+ 700 m -980 m.
Day 3: Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg – Wengen/Lauterbrunnen (hike Alpiglen – Lauterbrunnen 5 hours 10mins)
Train from Grindelwald – Alpiglen Start the day with an ascent to Kleines Scheidegg.
Follow the steep path past spectacular Trümmelbach falls, down to Lauterbrunnen (easier option: downhill
to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen or train Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen).
Details: approx. 6,5 hours | 19 km | + 1200 m – 1400 m
Day 4: Wengen- Sefinerfurgge – Griesalp/Kiental (hike Murren – Griesalp 6 hours 30mins)
Take to cable car to Mürren. The route crosses Sefinenfurgge, which often is snow covered until early
summer. Enjoy marvellous alpine scenery. The sunny terrace of Murren lies directly opposite the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The trail leads on via alpine pastures to the impressive pass into the Kiental, associated with James Bond as a result of the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
Details: approx. 7 hours | 22 km | 2000 m 1400 m.
Day 5: Griesalp – Hohturli – Kandersteg (hike Griesalp – Oeschinensee)
Today you join the Queen’s stage – a climb up to Blüemlisalp. 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
Details: approx. 7,5 hours | 15 km | + 1450 m – 1730 m.
Day 6: Kandersteg – Bonderchrinde – Adelboden (hike Almenalp – Adelboden 5 hours 30mins)
Cable car from Adelboden to Almpenalp (1728m). From Almpenalp ascend to Benderchrinde. A stunning panorama view of
the surrounding summits is a well earned reward. Continue downhill to Adelboden.
Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 16 km | + 1350 m – 1170 m.
Day 7: Adelboden –Hahnenmoos Pass – Lenk (5 hours 30mins)
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.
Details: approx. 4 hours | 13 km | + 730 m – 980 m
Day 8: Departure
Arrival / Parking / Departure
By train to Meiringen. A few minutes on foot or short taxi transfer to the first hotel.
Parking in Meiringen: chargeable car park near the hotel, approx. EUR 17 per week or f.o.c. on the car
park of the mountain railway. No reservation required.
Return from Lenk to Meiringen by train, duration approx. 3 hrs.
Hotels – Top Category
Meiringen: Hotel Victoria 3***
A cordial welcome to Meiringen from the Anderegg-family. Situated directly in the centre, hotel Victoria is
a classy arrival hotel for your hiking tour along the ‚bear trek’. Enjoy the distinguished cuisine of the toque restaurant
offering the perfect ‚fuel’ for your forthcoming hiking tours. www.victoria-meiringen.ch
Grindelwald: Private Selection Hotel Kirchbühl
A fantastic view onto the ‚Eigernordwand’-rockface awaits in the ‚Private Selection Hotel Kirchbühl’. For
more than 100 years the Brawand-family has welcomed guests from all over the world spoiling them with
excellent meals and a fabulous spa area. 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
Pochtenalp: Hotel Waldrand
Hotel Waldrand was crowned the best historic hotel in Switzerland in 2016. However this is no reason for
Bruno Sieber and Marieken Verbruggen to rest on their laurels. You are spoilt daily by superb cuisine and
the cosy atmosphere allows you to feel totally at home. Since it is an historic hotel, shower & toilet are
hence located on the same floor outside your room. www.nostalgiehotel.ch
Kandersteg: Victoria Belle Epoque
Hotel Victoria Belle Epoque is located in the heart of Kandersteg in the middle of a large park. For over 220
years guest from all over the world have flocked here and are welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Platzer catering
for hospitality and great service to this day. www.hotel-victoria.ch
Adelboden: Private Selection Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa 4****s
Bright rooms, creative cuisine and swimming bliss amidst a charming mountain world. It is not for nothing
that Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa is considered one of the best accommodations in the Alpine region. Look
forward to a relaxing stay in one of the most renowned ski resorts in the world. www.parkhotel-bellevue.ch
Lenk: Hotel Kreuz 3***
A characterisitic, chalet-style hotel, situated in the heart of the little village Lenk in the Simmen-valley.
Hotel features are sauna, swimming pool and a small spa area. An ideal finish to your hiking holiday along
the ‚bear trek’. www.kreuzlenk.ch