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Walk to Lenk

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  • The river flows into the village
    / The river flows into the village
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  • / The pass above the village
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  • / A farmhouse
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  • / Rare but ominous clouds
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Starting on Adelboden high street you drop to the bottom of the valley and then follow the river before rising up through the valley and over a low hilly pass and then descending on small paths and country roads to Lenk.
14.4 km
4:00 h
707 m
984 m
Compared to previous days, today is quite easy-going with no major ascents or descents, and gentle underfoot terrain. Walk alongside riverside paths and through peaceful meadows and woodland. The highest point today is the Hahnenmoos pass at 1956m; a broad grassy saddle which is popular with locals and visitors due to its accessibility and idyllic surrounds. Descend to Lenk through the scenic green countryside, dotted with traditional wooden chalets.

Author’s recommendation

There is a cable car in Geilsbuel that will remove most of the climb if you are tired of all the ascent! Head for the Berghotel.
Highest point
1,969 m
Lowest point
1,070 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

There are a few small cafes along the way, but it is best to bring a packed lunch.


Points of Interest


A small alpine village en route, it has a few small shops and is surrounded by lush green hills. The scenery here is softer than previous days with short grass and wildflowers.



A larger town that hosts a jazz festival and a number of other interesting cultural events. There are live music bars and plenty of restaurants, pop into the tourist information for up to date info on what is happening in Lenk whil you are there.




Adelboden high street, Hotel Adler (1,346 m)
46.493038, 7.559211
46°29'34.9"N 7°33'33.2"E
32T 389431 5149838


Lenk, Bus Station

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - With your back to the hotel, TURN LEFT heading up the high street

0.40 km - TURN LEFT off the high street signed for a footpath, as the path meets another road after 200 metres TURN LEFT descending

1.0 km - The path crosses a river bridge, then TURN RIGHT as the path follows the river up the valley

1.90 km - TURN LEFT following signs for Lenk as the path leaves the river

3.10 km - TURN RIGHT as the path joins a road, the road proceeds for 200 metres to a T Junction, TURN LEFT at the T Junction

4.00 km - Pass under the cable car and then BEAR RIGHT up an ascending track

4.20 km - BEAR LEFT off the track on and onto an ascending path signed for Lenk

6.10 km - As you enter the small resort of Geilsbuel, cross the bridge and then BEAR RIGHT to pass behind the building and then BEAR LEFT to ascend the tarmac pedestrian and bicycle road 

8.40 km - Pass to the left of the Berghotel and continue STRAIGHT ON as you descend the other side of the crest

10.40 km - When the path meets the track, TURN RIGHT and pass behind the building to descend the small path on the other side

10.80 km - The path joins the road, BEAR RIGHT for 100 metres then TURN LEFT to take a path down to the next section of road, TURN LEFT here then after 200 metres TURN RIGHT off the track onto a signed descending path, the path continues to descend crossing over the road a number of times

13.80 km - Follow the path straight ahead that follows the river and then TURN LEFT at the T Junction

14.40 km - You have reached the bus station, your day's walk is over.






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46.493038, 7.559211
46°29'34.9"N 7°33'33.2"E
32T 389431 5149838
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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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