Tip van de auteur
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 en hints
Food and Drink
There is a cafe and hut at the top of the pass, and there are a couple of eateries around the lake. It is a long and tough day so don't be caught out, bring snacks and plenty of water.
Points of Interest
Hohtuerli Pass 2778 m
The highest point of the entire Via Alpina. The descent is very steep for a couple of kilometres, with the final stretch so steep that steps and a rope have been installed. There is snow up here way into the summer season but it is still passable without any technical equipment. On the other side of the pass, you are close to a huge glacier and the views are stunning.
The Bluemlisalp Hut
The Bluemlisalp Hut is only five walking minutes from the Hohtürli, a pass between Kandersteg and Kiental, up on 2840m. The amazing view and the sensational sunsets make a visit to the Hut an unforgettable experience. You can get all kinds of delicious treats here, and at over 2800 metres it is well worth a visit.
One of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps, fed from glacial waterfalls visible high above on the clifftops the water is a bright blue. There are beaches and any brave people will be swimming if the weather is good. There are also cafes and the cable car down to Kandersteg in the vicinity.