Distance : 9.9 miles (16 km)
Avg.Time : 6 – 7 hours
Start / Finish :
- Griesalp – Kandersteg
- Griesalp can be reached by means of Switzerland’s excellent Post Bus system.
Season : June – October
Maps / Info :
- The hike is covered by two Topographic Maps: #264 – 1:50,000 Jungfrau & # 263 – 1:50,000 Wildstrubel.
- See the Via Alpina website for a basic map and altitude profile of the walk.
- The hike between Griesalp and Kandersteg is part of both the Swiss Alpine Pass Route and the Via Alpina, a 5000km + route which passes through 8 European countries and consists of a whopping 342 stages!
Route / Conditions :
- The trail is well marked and easy to follow from start to finish.
- This is a very popular route during the summer months; particularly on weekends and holidays. If you are hiking during this period, try to leave Griesalp as early as possible in order to avoid the crowds.
- For a relatively short hike, there is a great deal of altitude gain (1370m) and loss (1602m). The highest point of the walk is Hohturli (2778m).
- Fill your bottles up before leaving Bundalp (about one hour’s walk from Griesalp), as there isn’t much in the way of reliable water sources until you reach the stunning Oeschinensee.
- See the Via Alpina website for accomodation options in Griesalp and Kandersteg.
- For those wanting to overnight enroute, there is accomodation available at the spectacularly set Blüemlisalp Hut.
- Gorgeous alpine lakes, flower-filled meadows, snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
- Griesalp to Kandersteg represents one of the most beautiful ten mile stretches in the entire Alps.