Walk to Adelboden
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The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.
There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, they have sometimes melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed.
Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.
Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
Thre are no food and drink stops en route - ensure you have an adequate lunch and plenty of water.
Points of Interest
You will have seen a few of these on the walk. If you have some cash on you, they will serve you a coffee or a tea and you can buy a big block of cheese for future picnics. It doesn't get fresher than from the farmer's own hand.
Bunderchrinde pass 2385 m
As previously mentioned, make the most of this final epic pass! There is room to sit at the very peak of the pass, a good place to have lunch before the descent.
The town is spread across to sides of the valley, it has more interesting shops and cafes than most of the Alpine towns so far and is worth exploring.
0.00 km - Start at the tunnel underneath the train station, with your back to the station facing down the street with the Coop shop on it, from here TURN RIGHT to follow a quiet road that runs alongside the train tracks, signed for Adelboden
0.50 km - TURN RIGHT to cross under the rail tracks then BEAR LEFT to follow the road as it then turns to a path and follows the river
1.90 km - Pass the international scout centre and then BEAR RIGHT signed for Adelboden as the road soon passes through fields and then rises through the woods
2.80 km - The path crosses a road
3.40 km - The path joins the road for 300 metres and then you BEAR LEFT as the path leaves the road
4.10 km - The path levels out and leaves the forest and comes into an open mountain meadow, continue STRAIGHT ON through the meadow
4.90 km - The path joins a vehicle track, head straight on ascending ignoring the right and left turns as the path winds up the hill
5.80 km - Leave the track and follow the red and white markers as a smaller path ascends and you TURN LEFT before the farm buildings, ascending steeply through a gap in the cliffs that you may not be able to see from the bottom
7.20 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks at the farm, ascending as the path then loops back across the scree slope and over the high mountain pass above and to the left
8.70 km - Pass over the mountain pass and descend straight down the other side
11.30 km - Cut back with the path as you reach the Berghaus then BEAR RIGHT to join the steep descending path that goes through a small field and then into the forest
11.90 km - Pass over the road and rejoin the path, then as it joins the road the next time join the road as you BEAR RIGHT to continue to descend
12.70 km -Leave the road to join the path that is signed for Adelboden, then after 300 metres rejoin the road, BEAR LEFT for 50 metres then BEAR RIGHT off the road to rejoin the path as it continues to descend
14.00 km - Rejoin the road and BEAR RIGHT to continue to descend
15.30 km - BEAR RIGHT at the junction pas the garage then cross the roundabout and ascend the signed path
15.90 km - Pass straight across the road an pick up the path on the other side of the road
15.50 km - You are now on the high street, you have finished the days walk
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