Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,160 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Plan Morier near Les Diablerets. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to the Col du Pillon and take the cable car to Sex Rouge (2945m). We cross the Glacier de Transfleuron and ascend to the summit of Les Diablerets (3212m). From here we descend and traverse to reach our overnight accommodation in the Cabane Prarochet. Walk distance: 8.9km with 563 metres ascent and 1031 metres descent.
Day 3: We descend to the Col du Sanetch and from there climb a shale and then rocky ridge to the Arpelistock (3035m). Descending via the Gelten Glacier into the Furggetali Valley, we overnight at the Gelten Hut. Walk distance: 12.7km with 817m ascent and 1371m descent.
Day 4: We trek into the Rottal Valley and climb to cross the Col du Brochet, with the possibility of also climbing the Geltenhorn. We then cross the Col des Audannes (3886m) and drop down to spend the night in the Cabane des Audannes (2508m). Walk distance: 11.5km with 1483m ascent and 980m descent.
Day 5: A big day. We hike to the Col des Eaux Froides and ascend to the summit of the Wildhorn (3747m). Then, descend through the 'Valley of the Rocks' to Lake Tenchet and the Plan des Roses. A final sting in the tail is the 400 metre pull up to the Wildstrubel Hut. Walk distance: 17.4km with 1765m ascent and 1505m descent.
Day 6: A short ascent leads us to the Glacier de la Plaine Morte and after crossing this, we ascend the Wildstrubel (3242m), then the Mittlerer Gipfel. We then descend the Wildstrubel Glacier to overnight at the Cabane Lammeren (2501m). Walk distance: 13.2km with 972m ascent and 1263m descent.
Day 7: A relatively easy morning's descent takes us via the Gemmipass to the western edge of the Daubensee (lake). Finally, through woodland and pasture, we reach the cable car station and descend to Kandersteg where we check into our hotel. Walk distance: 13.4km with 372m ascent and 903m descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.