Bernese Oberland Haute Route - East

A high-level Alpine traverse of Switzerland`s Bernese Oberland





From $2,100 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Climb to the spectacular Alpine summit of Abeni Flue
  • Trek Konkordia and the Aletsch, Europe`s biggest glaciers
  • See the Alpine giants of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau
  • Can be combined with the Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West

This is a simply superb Alpine trekking holiday combining glacier walking with some easy climbing in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. Close to the picturesque ski town of Kandersteg in Switzerland, the Bernese Oberland is one of the most impressive mountain groups in the entire European Alps. This adventurous glacier-walking holiday makes a high-level trekking traverse of the eastern section of the range, with some easy climbing sections. During this high level traverse of the Bernese Oberland we will be trekking among a collection of dramatic Alpine peaks including the famous trilogy of Eiger (3970m), Monch (4099m) and Jungfrau (4158m). We will negotiate high and rugged terrain, including the Aletsch alpine glacial system which has at its heart, the famous junction of glaciers known as Konkordia. Trekking across several airy alpine mountain passes and spending nights in spectacularly situated Bernese Oberland refuges, we also make an ascent to the snow-capped summit of the Abeni Flue (3962m). From this high vantage point, our climbing effort is rewarded with a magnificent alpine panorama that includes the Matterhorn, distant Mont Blanc and the stunning pyramidal peak of the Finsteraarhorn (4274m), the highest summit in the Bernese Oberland. This is an excellent walking holiday and an ideal introduction to glacier trekking and climbing technically easy Alpine peaks. This holiday can be combined with our Bernese Oberland Haute Route West to create a sensational complete traverse of the Bernese Oberland.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kandesteg. Evening briefing from our guide.
  • Transfer to Selden (1537m), walk via the Kanderfirn Glacier to the Mutthorn Hut (2900m).
  • Trek via Petersgrat (3205m) and Fafleralp (1787m) to the Anen Hut (2336m).
  • Trek through the heart of the Bernese Oberland to the Hollandia Hut (3240m).
  • Climb the Abeni Flue (3962m) and trek across Konkordia Platz to the Konkordia Hut (2850m).
  • Trek across the Grunhornlucke Pass (3280m) to the Oberaarjoch Hut (3258m).
  • Trek via the Oberaargletsche & Oberaarsee Lake to the Grimsel Pass (2165m). Transfer to Interlaken.
  • Departure day
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to either Geneva Airport or Zurich Airport. There are regular trains from each of these airports to Kandersteg and from Innertkirchen. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trip direction
  • peaks
  • trek
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kandesteg. Evening briefing from our guide.

    The group will meet at the hotel in Kandersteg, a pretty village situated under the the towering Bluemlisalp range of peaks. Here, you will be welcomed and made to feel at home. KE Land Only package services begin at 7.00 pm, with a briefing from the guide about the week ahead. This is also a chance for our guide to check out your clothing and gear. After this, it will be time to sit down to dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Transfer to Selden (1537m), walk via the Kanderfirn Glacier to the Mutthorn Hut (2900m).

    We make a transfer to the hamlet of Selden (1537m) in Gasteretal. From here, we walk up the valley to reach the Kanderfirn Glacier where we rope up and make the long and gentle climb up to the Mutthorn Hut. (2900m).This hut is situated on a rock island on a high glacial plateau, directly underneath the south face of the Gspaltenhorn.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 280m

    • Time 7 hours walking

  • Trek via Petersgrat (3205m) and Fafleralp (1787m) to the Anen Hut (2336m).

    Today we make the gentle ascent of the Kanderfirn glacier to the wide-open, snow covered expanse of the Petersgrat (3205m). Our route takes us across an indistinct col, which is difficult to locate if there is poor visibility. Beyond this pass, we descend the Talgletsher, via the south-west flank of the Chrindelspitza. A steep zig-zag trail leads us into the valley of Fafleralp (1787m). Here, there is an old hotel, where we can buy lunch and re-supply with snack food. Our ascent up to the new Anen Hut (2366m) is by a good path and takes around 2 hours. This recently built, privately owned hut, can only be described as luxurious, with showers and an excellent restaurant service to look forward to. With a big balcony, it’s an excellent place to watch the sunset over the Lotschental valley.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 310m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1440m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Trek through the heart of the Bernese Oberland to the Hollandia Hut (3240m).

    Today’s walk takes us up the Lotschental Valley to the heart of the Bernese Oberland. Reaching the Langgletcher, we will say goodbye to the greenery of the lower valleys for several days. Roping up, we ascend across crevassed terrain to the Lotschenlucke and the Hollandia Hut (3240m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 180m

    • Time 8 - 9 hours walking

  • Climb the Abeni Flue (3962m) and trek across Konkordia Platz to the Konkordia Hut (2850m).

    Our objective today, is to climb the Abeni Flue (3962m), which marks the high point of the trek and also provides us with fantastic views of the Western Alps, including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau, the Monch and the Finsteraarhorn. The climb of the Abeni Flue requires a very early start and is dependent on good weather and good snow conditions and will take approximately 6 hours. After returning to the hut, we continue via the Grosse Aletschfirn Glacier and across Konkordia Platz (the largest glacial expanse in the Alps). The day’s finale is the impressive iron stairway to the Konkordia Hut (2850m). We will have earned a drink on the terrace.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1580m

    • Distance 22km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 2110m

    • Time 9 - 10 hours walking / climbing

  • Trek across the Grunhornlucke Pass (3280m) to the Oberaarjoch Hut (3258m).

    Descending the stairway in the morning is even more exciting! But, we do have a less taxing day ahead of us, as we trek easily up to the Grunhornlucke (3280m). Crossing this pass we descend to the Fischergletcher and continue down the glacier, passing below the Rotloch (2843m). Often quite complex route finding is required to get onto the next glacier, the Galmigletscher. From here we ascend to the Studergletscher and a final section of uphill takes us to our overnight stop at the Oberaarjoch Hut (3258m). A short ladder gives access to this hut where we can relax and enjoy the fantastic views down to the barrage of the Oberaarsee and across to the Finsteraarhorn (4273m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 8 - 9 hours walking

  • Trek via the Oberaargletsche & Oberaarsee Lake to the Grimsel Pass (2165m). Transfer to Interlaken.

    A long and easy descent of the Oberaargletscher leads us to a good trail beside the reservoir of the Oberaarsee, where we find soil, grass and an amazing array of flowers. At the end of the lake, we cross the dam and head for a well earned refreshment at the hotel before making the final easy walk (approximately 1.5 hours) down to the Grimsel Pass. Here we catch the post bus to Meringen and then a train to the town of Interlaken, magnificantly situated between two lakes in the shadow of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Arriving here we check into our comfortable hotel. Dinner is not included in the holiday price for this night to enable the group a free choice of venue for a celebratory meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 340m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals b

    • Descent 1420m

  • Departure day

    The KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional IFMGA qualified guide(s) on a 1:6 ratio
  • Group mountaineering equipment
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Transfers required by the itinerary (except airport transfers)

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

You must join the group at the hotel in Kandersteg on the evening of day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Kandersteg is to fly to either Geneva Airport or Zurich Airport and travel by train from there. There are railway stations at Geneva Airport and at Zurich Airport and there are regular trains to Kandersteg. From Geneva the journey is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes and from Zurich, approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. The holiday ends in Interlaken. There are regular trains to Geneva airport (approximately 3 hours) and Zurich Airport (approximately 2 hours). To book tickets for individual journeys within Switzerland go to We will provide hotel contact details and an emergency number for all clients, as well as directions for those travelling by car.

After breakfast at our overnight accommodation, we try to get a reasonably early start. Where we are faced with a long day, when climbing the Abeni Flue, for instance, we will have a very early start. For food during the day, we carry snacks. Lunches tend to be eaten on the move, as we are normally under pressure to complete the day’s walk whilst the snow conditions are good. We can usually buy a hot snack (late lunch) on arrival at our next overnight stop. The afternoons are often free for relaxing in the sun on the terrasse of our overnight refuge. A set, 3-course evening meal is provided at each of the mountain huts.

During this trip the group will have a total of 2 nights in simple hotel accommodation in Kandersteg and Interlaken. Whilst in the mountains, there are 5 nights spent in mountain huts or similar accommodation. Accommodation throughout the trip is on a non-segregated, dormitory-style basis. In some high mountain huts, washing facilities are limited. Single rooms are not available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

As you might expect, the food available in restaurants, hotels and even in mountain huts in this part of Switzerland is excellent. Continental breakfasts and full 3-course evening meals are included everyday. Lunches and/or hill snacks can be purchased in Aigle for the first day's trek and from the mountain huts on subsequent days. Note that the water from taps in the huts is not potable. It is possible to fill water bottles with a refreshing weak tea available after breakfast, or bottled mineral water can be purchased (approximately CHF12 for a one and a half litre bottle).

All breakfasts and 6 dinners are included in the trip price. Packed lunches and snacks can be bought in the huts. On some days there will also be the possibility of having a hot lunch either at a hut encountered on route or a late lunch taken at our overnight halt. You should allow around CHF15 for a packed lunch from the hut or CHF 20 -30 for a hot lunch. Most groups prefer to choose a restaurant for the final evening meal in Interlaken and we have therefore not included this meal in the price of your holiday. We suggest 30 - 40 Swiss Francs should be sufficient to cover this meal.

Please note that this is Switzerland and you should take your money in the form of Swiss Francs. A total of CHF 300 - 450 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses, including hill food snacks or lunches, drinks, including bottled water in the huts and other incidental expenditure. There are cashpoint facilities at Geneva Airport. If you are intending to hire or purchase items of equipment, you should budget accordingly.

The group will be led by an English-speaking IFMGA guide. Guiding is at a ratio of 1:6

Group members will carry all of their personal equipment during the traverse and it is vitally important to keep the overall weight of your equipment to a minimum. Since you will not be required to carry either a sleeping bag or a camping mattress it should be possible to keep the weight of your pack to around 10 - 12kg / 22 - 26lbs. Whilst in the mountains, you will leave your trek bag with your travel clothes and any other items not required on the trek in the group’s hotel in Kandesteg. Your bag will then be tranfered to the group hotel in Interlaken.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your pack to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Mountain Boots (see notes below)
  • Crampons – MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates*
  • Crampon bag
  • Ice Axe*
  • Mountaineering harness*
  • Screw gate karabiner x 1*
  • Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)
  • Gaiters
  • Socks – technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)
  • Trekking Trousers (i.e. not cotton)
  • Waterproof Overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one long sleeved for glacier travel)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket (with hood)
  • Extra warm layer – (prima loft or lightweight down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eye wear – sunglasses – category 3 or 4.
  • Thin gloves – leather or thermal
  • Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens
  • Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)
  • Rucksack (30 - 40 litres should be sufficient)
  • Head torch – with new battery
  • Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
  • Lip salve – with sunscreen
  • Water bottle x minimum 1 litre
  • Small, lightweight wash kit and pack towel
  • Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry
  • Small hand sanitizer gel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), blister treatment (zinc oxide tape and ‘Compeed’), insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Change of shirt and trousers
  • Long johns
  • Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
  • Rain cover for Rucksack
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Repair kit – (eg. Pocket knife, needle, thread, duct tape etc.)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel Clothes (can be left at your hotel)
  • Travel Shoes (can be left at your hotel)
  • Small Padlock (for trek bag)


Mountaineering Boots:Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and sufficiently stiff to take a crampon securely (a sturdy B1 or a ‘worn in’ B2 boot is ideal). Rigid B3 boots are NOT suitable for this trek.

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    Crampons: Modern strap on crampons are perfectly acceptable for this trek and will fit any boot. All crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates. Grivel Crampons - G10 or G12 with a strap system are excellent and they come fitted with anti-balling plates. We do not recommend semi-automatic crampons for use with softer boots since with this system, the pull on the heel can lead to blisters.

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    Equipment hire: Equipment marked *can be hired from KE. This can be reserved either when you book your trip or closer to your departure but we advise booking hire equipment as soon as possible to ensure availability. We do not hire mountaineering boots, but there are several shops in Chamonix renting boots that are suitable for this trip.

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  • Sleeping bags are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, you should bring a sheet sleeping bag.
  • Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

    • Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.
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    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 10°C / 50°F to 25°C/ 77°F. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places, falling close to freezing point at night. The weather is usually stable during July and August, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out. You should be prepared for all eventualities!

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