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Walk to Adelboden

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  • / Rays of sun
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  • / The mountain valley
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  • / Back towards Kanderstag
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  • / River runs through it
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Starting with a clear road that runs alongside the river, you will then rise up through the valley before it opens up into a wide meadow and you then cut up a narrow path that winds through a gap in the cliffs, and then up and over a second ascent over the pass before a long descent followed by a short ascent into the town of Adelboden
moderate
16.1 km
6:00 h
1,312 m
1,135 m
Today’s objective is the Bunderchrinde pass. At 2385m, it’s the last of the classic mountain passes on the Via Alpina. From here the landscape becomes increasingly gentle but no less beautiful. On the ascent, come to Alpschele, a small collection of huts belonging to cheese makers and you may well see some locals going about their work. The final push to the pass is on a narrow path on a scree covered mountainside. As always, enjoy the views before starting the steep descent on more scree, which eventually turns into a gentle woodland, pasture and country road walking. There is one final ascent to reach the town of Adelboden, your overnight for this evening.

Author’s recommendation

This is the last classic mountain pass, make sure you have the camera ready and take some time to enjoy the final epic rift between mountains and valleys on this incredible walk.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,388 m
Lowest point
1,170 m

Safety information

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, hints and links

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

Cheesemakers cottages

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.

 

Adelboden

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.

 

 

Start

Kanderstag Bernhoff Hotel (1,172 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.495169, 7.671422
DMS
46°29'42.6"N 7°40'17.1"E
UTM
32T 398047 5149924
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Destination

Adelboden Sports Centre

Turn-by-turn directions

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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Coordinates

DD
46.495169, 7.671422
DMS
46°29'42.6"N 7°40'17.1"E
UTM
32T 398047 5149924
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.1 km
Duration
6:00h
Ascent
1,312 m
Descent
1,135 m
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