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Gasterntal

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  • Gastereholz
    / Gastereholz
    Photo: Barbara Stoller, Tourismus Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg
  • / Kander
    Photo: Barbara Stoller, Tourismus Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg
  • / Gasterntal
    Photo: Tourismus Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg
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moderate
Distance 11.8 km
3:00 h
465 m
10 m
At the far end of the village take the small alley on the left off the paved road. Continue on the scenic mountain route - with superb views down to the valley and Kander waterfalls - and the relatively easy hike into Gasterntal.
Alternative route: Take the mountain hiking route from Sunnbüel cable car base station and follow the Kander waterfalls to the Gastern road. Shortly after the stone bridge, take the walkway over the river Kander to Hotel Waldhaus. Soon afterwards, you will see the start of the mountain hiking route to the Balmhornhütte.
After passing through woodlands and a steady climb, the valley opens out at Selden (Hotel Steinbock and Hotel Gasterntal-Selden). This is the start of the route to Gfelalp and Lötschen Pass. Another trail continues as far as the Heimritz inn, the start of the route to Kanderfirn.
Shortcut: Gasterntal bus (booking essential!) Kander Reisen Frutigen

Gastronomy:
- Hotel Waldhaus
- Hotel Steinbock
- Hotel Gasterntal-Selden
- Berggasthaus Heimritz

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Update: August 23, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,631 m
Lowest point
1,170 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Berggasthof
Berghotel Steinbock (Gasterntal)
Bahnhof Kandersteg
Berghotel Waldhaus
Spielplatz Restaurant Selden

Safety information

Open hiking trails may also still be partially covered with snow. Hiking is at your own risk: Tourism Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg accepts no liability whatsoever when using local routes.

Tips and hints

Technikskala SAC
Snow Maps SLF
Meteo Swiss

Start

train station Kandersteg (1,175 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'617'861E 1'149'389N
DD
46.495574, 7.671296
DMS
46°29'44.1"N 7°40'16.7"E
UTM
32T 398038 5149969
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Destination

Heimritz

Turn-by-turn directions

Bahnhof Kandersteg - Eggeschwand - Chluse - Gastereholz - Staldi - Selden - Heimritz

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Arrival at Kandersteg train station
South of the Lötschberg, north of the Kander Valley. For this point between Brig (38 min.) and Bern (67 min.)

From June to October there is a bus service from Kandersteg railway station to Gasterntal Selden. Reservation obligatory; only by phone: 033 671 11 72.

Timetable Kander Travel Frutigen

Getting there

The access road to the Gasterntal is located at the very end of Kandersteg about 400 m after the valley station of the Sunnbüel cable car. The road leads over a rock gallery and through 2 tunnels into the mountain valley at around 1352 m above sea level and is only open in summer.

A fee for the use of the road costs CHF 15.00 per day, which can be paid at the ticket machine, with SEPP, or with PayByPhone at the beginning of the road or at the Tourist Center Kandersteg.

Attention: Please note that there is a timetable for the first section of the route and that it is not possible for cars to cross. You may go up from a quarter to five and go down from a quarter to half past five.

Parking

Parkings Kandersteg
The destination has been decided, and so has the parking space - on this map, drivers can quickly and easily find the right parking option in the Oberland municipality. Well then: engine off, hiking boots on!

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'617'861E 1'149'389N
DD
46.495574, 7.671296
DMS
46°29'44.1"N 7°40'16.7"E
UTM
32T 398038 5149969
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

T1-2
Noneed for heavy boots here this easy hike is well marked in either yellow or red white. Ofcourse, it can be steep at times, but there are also numerous mountain restaurants along theway

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.8 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
465 m
Descent
10 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Insider tip

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