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A circular route around the Wildstrubel using trails that have served since Roman times to link the German-speaking Bernese Oberland and the partly French-speaking Valais as you wind towards Kandersteg, at the end of the road via The Gemmi Pass.

Type of Holiday: Walking Holidays

Fron £1590 per person

Duration: 8 days
Departures: July departures.
Start point: Kandersteg
End point: Kandersteg

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Wildstrubel Circuit Guided Walk | 8 Days

This circular route around the Wildstrubel uses trails that have served since Roman times to link the German-speaking Bernese Oberland and the partly French-speaking Valais. Before the rail tunnels were bored through the mountainsides and threaded through the adjacent valleys; these mountains formed a natural barrier, and Kandersteg was a hamlet literally at the end of the road. Surprisingly a lot of the trade over the high passes before rail, was done in winter with heavy oxen-pulled sledges. There wasn't much work to be done on the land at that time of year and the sledges could move quite rapidly. On the other hand it was a very risky business and many were caught out on high passes in blizzards. Most notoriously there is The Gemmi Pass, which has been a principal route through the Alps for centuries. We will also cross the Rawyl, Lotschen and Hahnenmoos passes to link the attractive villages of Leukerbad, Crans, Lenk and Adelboden before completing the circuit in Kandersteg. Our final pass, The Bundeschrinde, due to its beauty and position is perhaps the highlight of the walk. The towering crags above the pass are a superb point for watching Chamoix – mountain antelope – prancing around upon the ledges. We have an extra day in Kandersteg in which we can do a circular walk up to the Oeschinensee: a fantastic post glacial lake. Throughout the tour the scenery is expansive, with views extending across the Oberland, to the 4000m peaks of the Valais, and down the Rhone valley. There are some long days but lifts and cable cars (own expense) can sometimes be used to shorten some of the walks.

What price includes

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • Luggage transfers
  • Experienced Guide
  • walk 2 stages of the famous Alpine Pass Route



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