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Bernese Oberland Ski Traverse

Bernese Oberland

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Skiing
  • Top Trips
  • Challenging
  • April

About this Adventure

The Bernese Oberland is a superb region for high altitude ski touring. It offers some of the finest ski touring and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Alps. As part of this ski journey we aim to take in many of the great ski peaks of the region which offers many long ski descents and culminates with the classic 2000m descent down the Lotschental to finish. Our starting point is Interlaken, the capital of the Jungfrau region

Quick Facts

  • 8 day trip
  • 6 days in the mountains
  • A peak each day
  • Fully-qualified Alpine guiding
  • Classic tour of the great Jungfrau region of Switzerland

More Information

The Bernese Oberland is a superb region for high altitude ski touring. It offers some of the finest ski touring and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Alps. As part of this ski journey we aim to take in many of the great ski peaks of the region which offers many long ski descents and culminates with the classic 2000m descent down the Lotschental to finish. Our starting point is Interlaken, the capital of the Jungfrau region. This is a classic tour and is justifiably popular. The region has varied terrain and objectives, offering flexibility to tour in most weather conditions.

Accommodation for the week is in a combination of hotel in the valley and mountain huts during the tour. In the valley you have twin room, ensuite accommodation with breakfast. We spend the first and last nights in Interlaken.  It is possible to leave some luggage in Interlaken whilst we are in the mountain huts as we return there for the final night.

The other five nights are spent in traditional alpine mountain huts. The Swiss huts have dormitory accommodation, but are renowned for good food: nourishing and plentiful. Breakfast and evening meal is also provided in the mountain huts as well as bedding. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag; you may however wish to bring a sleeping bag liner. Washing facilities in the mountain huts are pretty basic, because of necessary restrictions on running water.

Itinerary

NB - this itinerary is a guide only and maybe subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions at the discretion of your guide. We will make every endeavour to carry out the itinerary below but alterations may have to be made owing to weather and snow conditions.

Day 1 - Sunday: Ascend using the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch (3454m).A phenomenal feat of Swiss engineering, the train climbs in a tunnel bored through the Eiger and the Mönch. We start with the descent down the Jungfraufirn before making an ascent of the Louwihorn (3777m). A 900m vertical descent leads us to Konkordiaplatz and the meeting of four glaciers. We use ladders to climb up to the Konkordia hut (2850m).

Day 2 - Monday: We continue eastwards over the Grunhornlucke (3280m). Taking in an ascent of the Wyssnollen (3590m), gives us magnificent views of the surrounding peaks and a great ski to the Finsteraarhorn hut (3048m).

Day 3 - Tuesday: This a big day with the ascent of the Gross Wannenhorn, (3905m). It is the most southerly of the peaks climbed. A fine ski descent and return to the Finsteraarhorn hut for a second night.

Day 4 - Wednesday: We retrace our steps over the Grunhornlucke (3280m) and ascend via the Ewigschneefald ice fall to the east to traverse the Trugberg (3880m). This peak sits as an island surrounded by glaciers. We return to the Konkordia hut.

Day 5 - Thursday: The traverse the Kranzberg (3666m). This peak overlooks the Konkordiaplatz and is a fine peak to take in on the way to the hut. Our descent to the Grosser Aletschfirn is spectacular and leads across to the Hollandia hut (3240m).

Day 6 - Friday: This day is a wonderful finish to the trip. We climb the Abeni Flue (3962m) which gives great glacier skiing and brilliant views. We descend back to the Hollandia hut and at the Lotschenlucke drop into to the classic alpine ski run down the Lotschental. We return to Interlaken by train.

Day 7 - Saturday: Depart after breakfast.

Inclusions

  • All guiding fees & expenses
  • Two nights half-board hotel accommodation
  • Five nights half-board accommodation in mountain huts

Exclusions

  • Equipment hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Travel to/from Interlaken
  • Lunches and beverages.
  • Transfers and lifts
Please note: the cost of transfers and lifts is excluded because the use of these will depend on weather and snow conditions. Based on previous tours the cost of transfers/uplift for this tour will be about CHF250.

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