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Situated high on a mountain plateau in the Bernese Oberland, Kandersteg is very much a traditional Swiss village Kandersteg offers around 35 miles of marked winter walking paths.

Guided Walking Holidays - Winter Walking in Kandersteg

Situated in a high mountain valley in the Bernese Oberland, Kandersteg is very much a traditional Swiss village. It has many charming wooden chalets and houses, the oldest dating back to the Middle Ages. Since the first hotel was built in 1789 Kandersteg has slowly developed into an uncluttered, peaceful and unspoilt resort with many of the best things that Switzerland has to offer. The natural landscape is truly beautiful. Snow-covered meadows and wooded lower slopes are surrounded by the high peaks of Blüemlisalphorn, Doldenhorn and Lohner, rising to over 12,000ft. Come December, (usually) the first snow descends on the village transforming it into a winter paradise, allowing for the perfect setting for our winter walks.

Kandersteg offers around 35 miles of marked winter walking paths, many of which are in the valley and on the lower slopes. We can walk to the Oeschi forest, enchanting with beautiful snow- covered trees. And perhaps take a steady climb to the view point Risetenegg, which rewards us with a wonderful view of the whole village of Kandersteg. We will make use of the chair lifts or cable cars to gain height for some spectacular walks, which otherwise would be beyond the grade.

Our first departure will allow us to enjoy the Christmas period in the most perfect festive winter scene. Our hotel is typically alpine Swiss and provides a cosy and inviting ambiance throughout. Christmas time is no exception and the hotel is beautifully decorated in its festive finest, we will enjoy a special festive dinner with music and entertainment and we may even enjoy a visit from Father Christmas himself!

As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However the walks are equally spectacular on snow shoes or walking boots.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the best of Switzerland in winter with no equipment required!
  • Enjoyable transfers by train.
  • The excellent facilities of the Hotel Alfa Soleil.
  • Great value, with all dinners and many lunches included, and the food at the Hotel Alfa Soleil is excellent.
  • Winter walking allows us to take time to admire the most perfect winter scenery.   
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights and airport transfers.
      A rail card for reduced travel on local buses and trains to use on a free day.
      Half board en-suite accommodation.
      Three lunches.
      The services of a dedicated leader.
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/WW

  1. Day 1

    We fly from London Heathrow to Zurich with British Airways. On arrival we take a scenic journey by train to the alpine village of Kandersteg. 

  2. Day 2 to 7

    We begin our winter walking programme for the following 6 days. An example of some of the walks that we may include in our programme (dependent on weather conditions and the overall ability of the group) include the following:

    Kandersteg to Reichenbach, After a short bus ride to Kandergrund we walk down the beautiful Kander valley to Frutigen for lunch on the banks of the Engstliche River. We then follow the Engstliche and Kander rivers into Reichenbach where some of the distinctive buildings date back to the 1500s. Here we have time to explore, have a drink and then we return to Kandersteg by train. Ascent / descent 60m; 11km (7 miles); 4 hrs.

    Loetschental, We take the train through the mountains to the isolated Loetschen valley, and continue by bus to Blatten where the road stops in winter. We continue on foot up the winding route to Fafleralp, where we can take our lunch at the welcoming Gasthof and enjoy the stunning views. We then return to Blatten and onwards back along the river to Kippel. Ascent 250m / descent 400m; 12km (7 ½ miles); 4 hrs.

    Sunnbüel, The cable car takes us to the top of Sunnbüel and we then walk the Gemmi pass as far as Daubensee. After an initial descent we cross the flat ‘Spittelmatte’ before climbing to Gasthof Scwarenbach for refreshments. Our picnic lunch by Draubensee might well be shared with alpine choughs! The views throughout are magnificent. Ascent / descent 300m; 10km (6 ½ miles); 4 ½ hrs.

     Please note that there will be a free day offered during the week. Your tour leader will be able to give you more information on things to do during your trip.

  3. Day 8

    We travel by train to Zurich Airport for our return flight back to the UK. 

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by rail (c2hrs 30mins). Train transfer may be unaccompanied.
  • Flights Heathrow–Zurich (c1hr 45mins), British Airways.
  • Direct regional flights with Swizz. Supplement from £40 per person return. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Alfa Soleil, Kandersteg

We stay in the family run three star traditional Hotel Alfa Soleil surrounded by spectacular views of the beautiful mountains. The location is ideal as we are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village. The hotel has a heated indoor swimming pool, a wellness area with Jacuzzi and steam room and a fitness gym. It also has an old style English pub with a dart board. There is a lounge place where you can relax by the open fire.

We stay in in twin bedded and single rooms with ensuite facilities. The rooms are equipped with telephones, satellite TV and a hairdryer. Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel.  

We will enjoy breakfast and dinners. The four course dinners are the hotel have been very highly reviewed. Three lunches are included and two of those will be a packed lunch and the other a light lunch at the hotel. The hotel even allows you to fill your bottle or flask with tea or vegetable Bouillon before your walk. On Christmas Eve a specially themed dinner will be served to continue the celebrations.

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