Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,970 (land only)
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The western end of the Bernese Oberland is not as well known as its eastern counterpart and fewer companies offer trips here, but it is very bit as spectacular with sensational views and great huts.
- 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 - where the Classic Chamonix to Zermatt Haute route passes, there are outstanding views of the Alps from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. There are many easy trekking summits en route such as Les Diablerets, Wildstrubel and the Arpelistock but the highest is the Wildhorn at 3248m giving stunning views all around. Classic views of the mountains of the Bernese Oberland including the Finisteraarhorn and Eiger, and of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the European Alps. 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 new glacier trek from KE offers an excellent introduction to Alpine summits and short sections of glacial travel. 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.