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From the Griesalp across the Hohtürli to Kandersteg

Short facts

  • start: Griesalp
  • destination: Bergstation Gondelbahn Kandersteg–Oeschinensee.
  • difficult
  • 14,32 km
  • 7 hours
  • 1598 m
  • 2835 m
  • 1394 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 100 / 100

best season

The Hohtürli is a pass crossing between the Kiental and the Kandertal. And the strenuous hike from the Griesalp across to Lake Oeschinen is a Bernese Oberland classic.

If you wish to embark on this longer mountain hike, you could also arrive the day before and stay overnight in one of the Griesalp hotels or in the Golderli mountain guesthouse. The 1600 metre climb to the Hohtürli requires an early start for this tour. From Griesalp, you will climb through sparse forests to the Bundalp with its lush pastures. Cows have trampled the pastures into compact terraces that take on the appearance of contour lines. A steep terrain rib soon follows. You reach the wooden steps by going along a rock face that is secured with iron chains. Akin to a Jacob's Ladder, these lead steeply up to the Hohtürli. The Blüemlisalp mountain shelter towers 50 metres above the pass crossing. In the background, the Blüemlisalp group and the Blüemlisalp glacier form a harmonious constellation.

The descent is in no way less interesting that the ascent. A drop of 1000 metres in altitude, initially across a steep scree slope, takes you to Lake Oeschinen. The impressive Oberbärgli is first of all reached via impressive glacier moraines. You will now be able to walk to the right, high above Lake Oeschinen, and on to the top station of the cable car, or to the left and directly to the lake via Underbärgli. On a hot summer's day, a cool dip will become tempting after this long hike.

General information

Directions

Griesalp (1408 m) – Oberi Bundalp (1840 m) – Hohtürli (2778 m) – Blüemlisalp mountain shelter SAC (2834 m) – Oberbärgli (1978 m) – Lake Oeschinen (1578 m) – Oeschinen top station (1682 m) – by cable car to Kandersteg (1174 m).

Safety Guidelines

Challenging mountain hike with a steep ascent and descent. Surefootedness and a high level of fitness are required. Below the Hohtürli there are sections secured by chains as well as holding ropes at the steep wooden steps. Mountain trails marked white-red-white. Climb grade: T3.

Equipment

Normal hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots.

Tip

This strenuous mountain hike with its considerable climb and descent is more enjoyable than a 2-day tour with an overnight stay in the Blüemlisalp mountain shelter.

Getting there

Travel by car to Spiez, Reichenbach or the Kiental. After the hike, take the train from Kandersteg to Reichenbach or Spiez, or the bus from Reichenbach into the Kiental (various connections).

Parking

Car parking spaces are provided in Spiez, Reichenbach and in the Kiental.

Public transit

Getting there: Travel by train to Reichenbach in the Kandertal, then from there by PostBus to Griesalp via Kiental village.

Getting back: Take the cable car to Kandersteg from Oeschinen top station, where there is a railway connection. 

Literature

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 4/2020: Die schönsten Passwanderungen. Rothus-Verlag, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch

Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ, Ausgabe 8/2015: Berner Oberland. Rothus-Verlag, Solothurn, www.wandermagazin-schweiz.ch

Maps

LK 1:50.000, 264T Jungfrau, 263T Wildstrubel.

Additional Information

TALK (Tourismus Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg) AG, Tourist Center Kandersteg, Äussere Dorfstrasse 26, 3718 Kandersteg, Tel. +41 (0) 33 675 80 80, www.kandersteg.ch

Kiental-Reichenbach-Tourismus, Tel. +41 (0) 33 676 10 10, www.kiental-reichenbach.ch

Gondelbahn Kandersteg Oeschinensee, Tel. +41 (0) 33 675 11 18, www.oeschinensee.ch

Einkehren und übernachten, z.B.:
Berggasthaus Golderli, Tel. +41 (0) 33 676 21 92, www.golderli.ch
Griesalp Hotels, Tel. +41 (0) 33 676 71 71, www.griesalp-hotels.ch
Berghaus Bundalp, Tel. +41 (0) 33 676 11 92, www.bundalp.ch
Blüemlisalphütte, Tel. +41 (0) 33 676 14 37, www.sac-bluemlisalp.ch
Bärgbeizli Underbärgli, Tel. +41 (0) 79 764 40 76
Berghotel Oeschinensee, Tel. +41 (0) 33 675 11 19, www.oeschinensee.ch

 

 

Pavings

  • Asphalt Coating (1%)
  • Hiking Trail (32%)
  • Path (67%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ, Author: Jochen Ihle

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