7-Night Bernese Oberland Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,449pp with flights

The village of Adelboden, located in the beautiful Bernese Oberland and surrounded by wonderful flower meadows, green valleys and snow-capped peaks, epitomises the perfect image of Switzerland. This picturesque Swiss village lies at the head of the Engstligen Valley, surrounded by a succession of alpine peaks. The village sits on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,400m with excellent views towards the Engstligen Waterfalls. Travel to the Kandersteg valley, take a gondola and head to Oeschinensee, an amazing mountain lake in spectacular surroundings. Visit Engstligenalp, a vast expanse of Alpine flowers and pastures that was once an ancient glacial lake. Harder walks also include ridge walks, rocky cliffs and the lofty summit of the Elsighorn.

Holiday Highlights

  • High alpine meadows, tranquil valleys and spectacular waterfalls form this most picturesque of mountain landscapes
  • Walk the balcony paths above Oeschinensee where the lake changes colour from azure to emerald based on the cloud cover.
  • Have a go at playing the Alpine horn at the hotel.
  • Test your nerve - walk across one of the longest suspension bridges in Europe, the Hostalde
  • Enjoy warm hospitality and excellent meals at the family-run Hotel Waldhaus-Huldi

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Waldhaus-Huldi. Unpack and settle in.


These walks venture onto the high meadows of Tschentenegg above Adelboden, and both walks offer excellent views of the Engstligen valley, with Adelboden far below and the surrounding mountains, where many of the walks to be enjoyed later in the week, can be identified.

Option 1 - Tschentenegg, the Hörnliweg and Schermtanne

Distance: 8 miles (13km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent and 1,400 feet (420m) of descent

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

Total descent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: We take the Tschenten gondola to the upper slopes and, after soaking up the panoramic views, return to Adelboden ascending gradually through meadows to Hörnli Alpine Garden with its rich array of wild flowers. From here we traverse above the village through woodland before descending to follow the river back to the hotel in time for afternoon refreshments.

Highlight: Panoramic views above the Engstligen valley.

Option 2 - The Hörnliweg, Scwandfelspitz and Schermtanne

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m) 

In summary: From the hotel we ascend through woodland before picking up the route of the easier group as we traverse above Adelboden to the Hörnli Alpine Garden. After enjoying the beautiful array of flowers, we ascend through meadows to the Tschenten restaurant and zigzag our way to the summit of Schwadfelspitz for superb panoramas. The great views continue as we make our descent into Adelboden.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Schwandfeldspitz, an impressive spur with views in all directions. 

 


The broad grassy saddle at the Hahnenmoospass is the historic route between Adelboden and the village of Lenk. The pass was once the site of a local festival where villagers from the two valleys met for trade and athletic contests. From Adelboden we take a long gondola ride of 3 miles to the upper station and restaurant at Sillerebühl, situated at an altitude of just under 2,000 metres.

Option 1 - Sillerenbühl, Flower Trail, Hahnenmoos Pass and Geils

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: From Sillernbühl we follow a wonderful floral trail to the Hahnenmoos Pass where we will get great views and also spot some of the locals flying model gliders We continue through the Pommern Pass to descend to Berglager and our gondola back to Adelboden.

Highlight: Discover the profusion of wild flowers

 

Option 2 - Hahnenmoos Pass, Ridges Above Geils

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (630m)

Total descent: 3,700 feet (1,110m)

In summary: We ascend to Laveygrat with views down to Lenk, before descending to the Hahnenmoos Pass. We follow a track towards the Pommern and bypass the prominent peak of Regenbolshore. We then follow a spectacular ridge down to Bütschi and up to Tronegg for more great views over to Engstilgen Falls before starting our descent to Berglager and our gondola back to Adelboden. 

Highlight: the path across the narrow ridge to Hundersattel with the precipices of the Rostock away to the right.

 


The village of Kandersteg lies in the adjacent valley to Adelboden, just a few miles away as the crow flies. The bus has to go via Frutigen and on the way we will stop to visit one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in Europe. Both walks take a gondola and head to Oeschinensee, a picture-postcard mountain lake in spectacular surroundings that change colour from azure to emerald depending on the cloud cover. 

Option 1 - Kandersteg and Oeschinensee

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Total descent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: Our route leads us to the Senn Hutte overlooking the beautiful Oeschinensee before heading around the northern side of the lake up to a lovely mountain hut at Unterbargli where we can enjoy a spot of lunch. We retrace our steps to the lake shore and continue to the Berghotel, a popular tourist spot, before descending down the valley to Kandersteg and well-earned refreshments.

Highlight: Enjoy lunch at a typical mountain hut.

 

Option 2 - Kandersteg, Oeschinensee and High Mountain Alps

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

Total descent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: The harder route takes us along a spectacular path, traversing high above the lake to the huts at Oberbargli perched on a hanging valley. From here we descend to the hut at Unterbargli and on to the Berghotel where we follow a similar path to the easier group to Kandersteg to join them for refreshments.

Highlight: Spectacular views

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. On your free day you may wish to use the efficient Swiss transport system to visit the attractive lakeside resorts of Interlaken, Thun or Spiez.


The impressive Engstligen Waterfall is one of the area’s most impressive sights and is clearly visible from the hotel balcony. The falls drop around 600 metres making them the second highest in Switzerland. Above the waterfalls is the Engstligenalp, a vast expanse of alpine flowers and pastures that was once an ancient glacial lake. The lofty summits and glaciers of the Wildstrubel surround this impressive hanging valley.

Option 1 - Engstligen Valley, Engstligenalp and Falls

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: Today we take the cable car to ascend to Engstligenalp. We take a leisurely walk in the hanging valley taking time to admire the scenery and Alpine flowers. After lunch we descend using the cable car and continue our walk through woodland to the lower falls where we can appreciate their power. We continue on the path to the bus stop to catch the return bus to Adelboden. 

Highlight: View the impressive Engstligen waterfalls

 

Option 2 - Engstligen Valley, Hinterberg, Engstligenalp and Falls

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

In summary: We ascend through the dramatic Hinterberg corrie over a spur to the beautiful pastures of Engstligenalp. We spend some time walking on the high valley before descending, we cross the foot of the upper falls continuing to the lower falls and our bus back to Adelboden.

Highlight: Potentially spot marmots, ibex or chamois

 


The Elsighorn is the northernmost significant summit on the high ridge that separates the Engstligen and Kander Valleys. We go to Elsigbach by minibus and take a cable car to the slopes above.

Option 1 - Elsigenalp, Bonderalp and Lohnerfalls

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000ft (300m)

Total descent: 2,800ft (840m)

In summary: Our walk uses a traversing route that heads across the mountainside to the Bunder Hutte for lunch and then to the foot of Lohner Falls by rougher paths. The return to Adelboden is then by good tracks through Alpine forests and valley meadows.

Highlight: Visit the impressive Lohner Falls. 

 

Option 2 - Elsighore, Golitschenpass and Stand

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (840m)

In summary: We ascend to the summit of Elsighorn, at 2,341m the highest point of the week, which goes on to the Golitschepass and another summit, Stand, with spectacular views all the way. The descent is via Elsigsee and the friendly Elsighutte taking the cable car part way down, before walking a little further down to catch the bus back.

Highlight: Spectacular views from the summit of Elsighorn.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


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Waldhaus-Huldi Hotel - Bernese Oberland

The 3-star Hotel Waldhaus-Huldi is a firm favourite with our guests. The hotel is two buildings joined by a tunnel under the road and is situated on the edge of Adelboden village, 600m walk from the main square and 300m from the nearest gondola lift.  This hotel celebrated its centenary year in 2014 and has been welcoming guests from HF Holidays for over 10 years.  A small friendly, family-run hotel offering a warm welcome and more personal and friendly service.  The hotel's motto is: Arrive as guests and leave as friends.  

 

Rooms

The hotel has 47 en-suite bedrooms, most with a balcony and views across the valley to the spectacular limestone peak of the Gross Lohner, and a series of dramatic alpine mountain on the horizon.

All bedrooms have:

  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Radio
  • Mini-bar
  • Room safe
  • Hairdryer

Facilities

Facilities

On the ground floor of "huldi" you will find the main public rooms, including

  • the restaurant,
  • lounge with open fire and bar,
  • games room (small charge per game),
  • sauna and solarium,
  • herbal steam bath for individual use (additional charge),
  • and drying room. 
  • There is also a sun terrace and well-maintained garden.

Food & Drink

Our Guided Walking holidays at Hotel Waldhaus-Huldi are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Our Self Guided holidays are on a bed & breakfast basis with an option for HB.

Breakfast

The hotel offers a continental style self-service breakfast.

Evening meal

The hotel provides a wonderful 4-course evening meal, including a vegetarian option. For guests with special diets we suggest you discuss your requirements with the hotel owners or chef.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy picnic lunches from the hotel (order the night before). Alternatively ingredients for your picnic lunch can be bought from local shops, or you may choose to eat in a café - your leader will advise you of the options.

Your Evenings

Each evening your walking leaders will tell you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. 

There are opportunities to try your hand at blowing an Alpine horn, listen to a local choir yodelling and go bowling one evening.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
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2020
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Important Information

  • Premium room: price on request
  • Single room £9.00 per night
  • With flights holidays include flights from London Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester £90.
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Geneva Airport: £48 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,449pp with flights

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