Walk to the end of the Kander valley and ascend via the alpine meadows of Uschene on a gentle gradient to Allmenalp.
From Kandersteg centre follow signposts out of town and join a track through forest hugging the river. Begin your gradual ascent of the valley side, passing a steep limestone cliff before emerging into the alpine meadows of Usser Uschene. Leave the meadows behind and follow a track traversing the mountainside to reach Undere Allme. The track itself is not especially captivating, but it provides a wonderful balcony from which to admire the surrounding mountains. Finally, descend slightly to Undere Allme, here you can have a refreshment at the restaurant before catching the cable car back to Kandersteg.
If you'd like to make an easier day of it you can take the cable car up to Allmenalp and walk down, simply following the GPS track in reverse – please note the route notes however will not work in reverse. See 1.3km in the route notes for how to reach the cable car station from Kandersteg centre.
Make sure to allow plenty of time for admiring the scenery from Undere Allme, there’s a great viewpoint here. Otherwise, find a table at the restaurant and soak up the view with a cool drink!
This is an easy-going hike, but on an hot day it’s best to get an early start to avoid ascending in the mid-day heat. The track/path is sometimes shaded by trees but higher up you will be exposed to the elements. Make sure to bring plenty of water (at least 2 litres per person) and food for the day.
The tracks and paths on today’s route are generally well-walked by fellow hikers, and this is the easiest way up to Allmenalp but as ever you should be sure-footed and enjoy a good level of fitness. Take care on rocky sections of the track/path as these will be slippery after rainfall.
The route is well-walked but please make sure that you’re suitably equipped (see your information pack for a complete recommended kit list). Waterproofs, warm layers, gloves, hat, sunhat and sunscreen are all recommended in a ~25 litre or less backpack. Make sure to bring plenty of water (around 2 litres per person) and food for the day.
If you prefer to wear sturdy walking shoes rather than walking boots feel free to wear those (as the terrain can be rocky you’ll find that gym trainers won’t have enough support). Walking poles are a useful aid for helping to take pressure off your knees.
Points of Interest
Kandersteg Evangelical Church
The church in the centre of Kandersteg is a beautiful, white eye-catching building with a blue clock on its spire. The congregation of the church are part of the Evangelical denomination of the Christian faith – the central position of the church makes it a great point for starting the walks from Kandersteg.
The small cluster of charming wooden chalets at the top of the Allmenalp cable car line are situated at approximately 1725m. Here you can visit the mountain restaurant and sample some local hearty dishes with a view before catching the cable car down to Kandersteg.
Allmenalp-Kandersteg cable car: http://www.allmenalp.ch/luftseilbahn/fahrplan-preise/?L=1
Food & Drink
You can pick-up provisions for a packed lunch, and snacks in Kandersteg from the Volg or Co-Op convenience stores before leaving Kandersteg. Alternatively, there’s a small restaurant on the Usser Uschene meadow (please note this may not be open outwith the summer season), or another restaurant at the end of the walk opposite the cable car station at Allmenalp.