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Gasterntal valley – Along the raging waters

Short facts

  • start: Gasterntal, Selden
  • destination: Gasterntal, Neubrücke/Waldhaus
  • medium
  • 9,23 km
  • 2 hours 40 minutes
  • 200 m
  • 1642 m
  • 1350 m
  • 20 / 100

best season

The Gasterntal valley above Kandersteg is a high valley of outstanding natural and scenic beauty. The hike along the Kander is also suitable for families with children. Unsurfaced track throughout.

Nature enthusiasts love the Gasterntal valley, which is accessible only in the summer season, because of its unspoilt natural setting, reminiscent of Canada. Flower lovers come here for the lady’s slipper orchids and Turk’s cap lilies, which bloom in June and July respectively. Those in search of peace and quiet appreciate the fact that the somewhat challenging access road puts many motorists off visiting the Gasterntal valley in the first place. Families with children, on the other hand, are drawn to the high valley because of the many play areas and picnic sites along the banks of the Kander river.

General information

Directions

Selden – Heimritz – Selden – Waldhaus – Neubrücke

Safety Guidelines

This route runs entirely or in part on signposted paths of the ‘mountain hiking trail’ category.

Equipment

Recommended gear: Sturdy hiking boots, medium-sized backpack with waist strap, sunscreen, rain gear, hiking sticks, first-aid travel kit, picnic, plenty of fluids, mobile phone.

Getting there

By car via Frutigen to Kandersteg. Drive as far as the Sunnbüelbahn cable-car valley station.

Parking

Car park available at the Sunnbüel valley station.

Public transit

Outward journey: By private bus from Kandersteg to Hotel Gasterntal, Selden

Return journey: By private bus from Neubrücke, Waldhaus to Kandersteg

Reservations required. Phone 033 671 11 72 for private individuals or 033 671 11 71 for groups

Timetable: sbb.ch

Literature

Wandervorschlag aus der Zeitschrift wandern 02/19 der Berner Wanderwege.

Maps

Swisstopo Wanderkarte 263T Wildstrubel 1:50’000, bestellen unter: www.wanderplaner.ch/sommer/web-shop/

Additional Information

Verein Berner Wanderwege, Bern, Tel.: 031 340 01 01, E-Mail: [email protected], Homepage: www.bernerwanderwege.ch

Pavings

  • Street (15%)
  • Hiking Trail (77%)
  • Path (8%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Berner Wanderwege, Author: Markus Schluep

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