Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,750 (land only) - from $2,160 (land only)
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- Challenging walk through the heart of the Western Bernese Oberland
- Ascents of six 3000 metre peaks including the Wildhorn
- Views of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc
- Comfortable mountain hut accommodation
- Combine with `Bernese Oberland - East` for the complete traverse
This trek through the heart of the Western Bernese Oberland offers challenging walking, spectacular scenery, small and comfortable mountain refuges, and up to six summits above 3000 metres. This is a wild area, penetrated only on foot in summer or skis in winter. Less frequented than its southern regional neighbour - the Valais Alps - there are outstanding views of the French and Swiss Alps extending from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. During this superb high Alpine traverse, we tackle several technically easy trekking summits including Les Diablerets, Wildstrubel, the Arpelistock and the region's highest, the Wildhorn at 3248 metres. There are classic views of the mountains of the Bernese Oberland including the Finisteraarhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch and to the south we can see the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Dent Blanche, to name just a few of the 4000m Alpine giants. Away to the west we can also see Mont Blanc. This superb glacier trek from offers an excellent introduction to Alpine summits and short sections of glacial travel as well as providing one of the best 'off piste' traverses in the Alps. This trek can also be combined with our Bernese Oberland Haute Route - East, to create a two-week 'integrale' Haute Route across the Bernese Oberland.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a demanding trek involving real mountain travel. We generally follow good trails to the snowline. Trekking above the snowline will involve snowslope climbing and glacier travel, where ropes, crampons and an ice-axe will be used. We will also encounter sections of easy scrambling on rock and walking on scree. We average 6 to 8 hours walking each day, with some longer days and challenging but technically easy climbs. A good level of fitness is required for this holiday. Previous experience of walking in crampons is useful but not a pre-requisite.