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The Bernese Oberland Light Backpack (Switzerland)

The Bernese Oberland Light Backpack (Switzerland)
Number of days : 6
Price : On request

Nothing can compare to the splendour of these gigantic rock faces towering above the green alpine meadows.
The summits of the Bernese Oberland are numerous and varied. The culminating point is the Finsteraarhorn (4273m) with its harmonious lines at the summit ; however, the most elegant summit in the Oberland is without doubt the Jungfrau (4158m) which along with the Mönch (4099m) and the Eiger (3970m), makes up one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Alps. 
The Bernese Oberland is separated from the Valaisannes Alps by the Rhone valley. Entirely situated in Switzerland, between Aar in the north and the Rhone to the south, this impressive mountain range counts no less than nine summits of over 4000 meters. We also find the Aletsch glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps, and the most difficult rock face : the Eigerwand or the north face of the Eiger or the Ogre. This well-named summit has become the pride of all who live in the region.

This destination is not scheduled this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.

For any further information, please contact Déborah.

Day 1 : CHAMONIX - SIMMENFALLE                                                                      
From Chamonix, we head in the direction of Cran Montana (approx. 1 ½ journey).  Our trek starts at LakeTzeurier crossing the alpine meadows of Lourantse and Armeillon on a rocky trail as far as the Plan des Roses where we head up a gentle slope to the Rawill pass and a beautiful panorama of the Bernese Oberland.  The trail then descends towards Iffigenalp and threads its way through the limestone cliffs.  Transfer to Simmenfalle.
Up : 750m  /  Down : 900m  /  Hiking Time : 4 H 30

Day 2 : SIMMENFALLE - ENGSTLIGENALP                                                       
From Simmenfälle, following the torrents and cascades, we start a long trek up towards the Ammerten pass.  The grandiose views of the Wildstrubel massif offer a surprising contrast with the flat green plains of the Engstlingenalp meadows where we will spend the night.
Up : 1340m  /  Down : 480m  /  Hiking Time : 6 H 00

Day 3 : ENGSTLIGENALP - KANDERSTEG                                                                 
An early start as we trek up towards the Tschingelhortighorn with its characteristic summit which we skirt around.  An exposed ridge leads us to Chindbettipass with glacial lakes below, and cliffs and green plains all around us: the scenery is fabulous during the descent towards Kansersteg.
Up : 695m  /  Down : 1485m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

 Day 4 : KANDERSTEG - KIENTAL                                                                            
A long ascent punctuated by some of nature’s little gems: on departing, the Lake Oeschinen; the meadows where it’s well worth a stop; then the impressive tongues of the Blümlisalpgletscher glacier; then the Hohtürli pass with its circular view over the Kandertal and Kiental.  A steep and continuous descent at first into the Kiental meadows.  Night in a farmhouse-mountain auberge in Bundalp.
Up : 1120m  /  Down : 940m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

Day 5 : KIENTAL - MURREN                                                                        
The short descent to the BundstagBridge allows us to rejoin the Sefinenfurgge route.  From the mountain pass surges the Jungfrau, the Mönch and the Eiger.  The décor is simply majestic.  A long descent takes us towards the Rotstock meadows and the Mürren heights.  From here we have only 1 ½ hours more to walk, on the famous ‘North Face Trail’ in order to join the upper part of the village where we find our auberge for the night.  Cloud cover permitting, the setting sun will enchant us all.
Up : 1200m  /  Down : 800m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 30

 Day 6 : MURREN - LAUTERBRUNNEN                                                                   
We leave the heights of Mürren and descend by cable car into the Lauterbrunnen valley.  On following the course of the Weisse Lütschine water, in the hollow of this beautiful valley, as far as Sandbach, we can embark on the beautiful ascent along the Trummel gorges.  Above the forest, we will be at the foot of the Jungfrau, the Mönch and the Eiger.  And how could we possibly finish our voyage in Switzerland without taking one of their typical small trains?   Descent into Lauterbrunnen by the only method of local transport.  End of the trek.
Up : 840m  /  Down : 490m  /  Hiking Time : 6 H 30

For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.

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LEVEL : The Oberland Light Pack is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.

ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in small hotel (shared double room except on Day 4 in dormitory).

GUIDING : Maximum 12 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.

MEETING PLACE : At 8H30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.

No scheduled date for this summer.

PRICE : Please contact Deborah at the Compagnie des Guides for a private departure.

Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :



The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s

Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)

Half-board accommodation in basic hotel (dormitory)

Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

The picnic lunches


Lift passes


Minivan support throughout the trek


Luggage transportation throughout the trek


Transfer from Chamonix to trailhead



- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).

EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
Note : Due to the elevation of the trek, a good equipment is strongly advised.

Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a  liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD). 
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.

TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.

CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air.  You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.

Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.


You are a private group, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !

- Exclusive guide

A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.

- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.

- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.

For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : deborah@chamonix-guides.com.


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88