Member Exclusive Bernese Oberland Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4

Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland is the epitome of glorious Alpine scenery - just made for being explored on foot via balcony paths, along narrow ridges and in high meadows. Our base for the week is the village of Adelboden in the heart of Bernese Alps, surrounded by wonderful flower meadows, green valleys and snow-capped peaks at the head of the Engstligen Valley. There are walks in the Kandersteg Valley and the option to walk across one of the longest suspension bridges in Europe – if you dare! A gondola ride to the beautiful Oeschinensee Lake is sure to be a highlight as is a visit to Engstligenalp – a vast expanse of flower-studded Alpine pasture. There is also the option to reach the summit of Elsighorn from where there are panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and down to the valley floor below.

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 Hotel Steinmattli

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 PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

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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 Hahnenmoos pass 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. You may wish to use the efficient Swiss transport system to visit the attractive lakeside resorts of Interlaken, Thun or Spiez. Alternatively, you could hire a bike in Adelboden and cycle in the local area.

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 - Elsighorn, 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 Golitschenpass 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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Hotel Steinmattli - Bernese Oberland

The 4-star Hotel Steinmattli is a modern chalet-style property located in a peaceful part of this charming village. All 63 comfortable bedrooms offer a balcony or terrace, en-suite bathroom and beautiful views. A delicious 4-course evening meal is served each day in the hotel’s Alpen Chic Restaurant. The shops and bars of Adelboden are just a short walk away.


There are 63 well equipped bedrooms to make your stay exceptional. Each room features:

  • Private balcony or terrace
  • Television with a range of English channels
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries


The hotel features:

  • Wellness centre with sauna and whirlpool
  • Fully stocked bar with large comfortable seating area
  • Restaurant Alpen Chic with stunning mountain views
  • Free bike hire

Food & Drink

Our holidays in the Bernese Oberland are Half Board including breakfast and dinner each day.


Breakfast is an extensive buffet with hot and cold options served in the main restaurant. The coffee is excellent.

LUNCH (payable locally)

The hotel offers picnic lunches at a small charge that can be made up at breakfast time. Alternatively, ingredients can be purchased from the local shops and on certain days it maybe possible to eat out at a local café or hut. Your leaders will advise you of the best options each day.


On your arrival day the hotel will serve an extensive buffet with a range of meat, fish and vegetarian options. On other nights a 4-course meal is served to the table and ordered A La Carte. The restaurant Alpen Chic produces food of an exceptionally high standard; a range of red and white wines are available to accompany your meal. There is the option of cheese rather than a sweet dessert each night.

The hotel has signed up to a new initiative in Switzerland that aims to reduce food waste and pride themselves on wasting nearly nothing at all. For this reason portions are kept fairly modest but you are welcome to request a larger portion when you order or even ask to be served the same course twice if you are very hungry. This will be explained to you by the hotel team on arrival.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our guided walking holidays continues into the evening. 

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst listening to our leaders outlining the next days walks. After dinner you can take a stroll into the village to sample the local bars or just have a coffee and relax in the bar with your fellow guests.

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

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. 
  • 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.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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