Trip Highlights

  • An adrenaline-filled hike in the Swiss Alps
  • 7 nights at family-run guesthouses 
  • Breakfast every day
  • Luggage transport between the accommodations - you'll only need to carry your daypack
Via Alpina - Bear Trek
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Via Alpina - Bear Trek

Individual self-guided hiking holiday

Experience one of the most impressive areas in Switzerland. During the trip, you'll come up on mountain peaks, where the beauty of the Swiss alps really catches up with you. There is definitely something to find here.

The hiking trip "Bear trek" takes you on a long, unique route, which leads you past glaciers and spectacular mountain passes.

The route "Via Alpina" takes you past the three iconic mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau; through valleys and canyons to the famous ski resort Adelboden-Lenk.

You wil probably not meet any bears on this trip, but the route has its name from the time when only the wild animals trodded the paths.

Today the trails are maintained, but that does not mean that the tour is easy.
On this trip, it is important to have a good balance and to be in a good physical shape. It is also important not to have a fear of altitude.

Parts of the trip can be shortened if the weather should be bad.

Day 1 Arrival

You arrive at the first hotel in Meiringen, where you will be handed out maps and route descriptions. Then you have the rest of the day for yourself to enjoy and settle in. 

Day 2 From Meiringen to Grindelwald

You will be driven by bus to the starting point of the first hike. You walk up to the "Grosse Scheidegg", from where you have a magnificent view of the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From here you continue to Grindelwald.

Trekking Time Ca. 4½ hours
Distance 14KM
Altitude 700M
Altitude 980M
Day 3 From Grindelwald to Wengen / Lauterbrunnen

The path leads you up to "Kleine Scheidegg". If you like, you can now hike all the way to the "Jungfraujoch". Small paths lead you past the beautiful Trümmelbach waterfalls and down to Lauterbrunnen.

Note: You can also choose an easier route that goes via Wengen down to Lauterbrunnen - or even take the train from "Kleine Scheidegg".

Trekking Time Ca. 6½ hours
Distance 19KM
Altitude 1200M
Altitude 1400M
Day 4 From Lauterbrunnen to Griesalp/Kiental

Early in the morning, a cable car takes you up to Mürren, where there may still be snow in the early summer. You walk along a fantastic alpine view.

Trekking Time Ca. 7 hours
Distance 22KM
Altitude 2000M
Altitude 1400M
Day 5 Fro Griesalp/Kiental to Kandersteg

The hike up to Blüemlisalp is the nicest part of the whole hike.

After a long and steep climb to a height of 2843 meters (9327 ft), you can enjoy a well-deserved meal at this Swiss pasture.

The path continues down the glacier to Lake Öschinen and from here it is not far to Kandersteg. 

Note: It is also possible to take the cable car down.

Trekking Time Ca. 7½ hours
Distance 15KM
Altitude 1200M
Altitude 2775M
Day 6 From Kandersteg to Adelboden

You start the day by taking the cable car up to the "Allmenalp" from where you walk to "Bonderchrinde". The view is magnificent. The path leads you down to Adelboden.

Trekking Time Ca. 5½ hours
Distance 16KM
Altitude 1350M
Altitude 1170M
Day 7 From Adelboden to Lenk

From the famous village of Adelboden you walk towards the Hahnenmoos Pass. Enjoy the wonderful views of Mt. Wildstrubels thaw while walking in the Simmental Valley.

You arrive in Lenk, where you spend your last night in the Bernese Oberland.

Trekking Time Ca. 4 hours
Distance 13KM
Altitude 1060M
Altitude 1950M
Day 8 Return

You check out of the hotel and go home or start your next adventure. 


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Price Includes
  • 7 nights at family-run guesthouses in double rooms with shared bath / WC
  • Breakfast every day
  • Luggage transport between the accommodations
  • Transfer from Kiental to Griesalp (if you choose the hotel in Kiental on Day 4)
  • Detailed route descriptions and other necessary documentation
  • 24 hour phone support
Not included
  • Transportation to/from destination  
  • Cancellation - and travel insurance 


  • An additional night before or after the trip 
  • Upgrade of the hotels for those seeking something extra nice
General Information

The price is based on staying overnight in a double room. It is also possible to travel alone for a surcharge. You can view the individual additional fee by selecting "1 adult" in the booking form.

See the price
When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.


Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on

Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

Plane and train
The easiest way to get to Meiringen is to fly to Zurich. From here you take the train to Meiringen. The trip from Zurich to Meiringen takes about 3½ hours by train.

To get the full overview of the train journey from Zurich to Meiringen, visit Rome2Rio

To get the full overview of the train journey from Lenk to Zurich, visit Rome2Rio

Driving on your own
This may also be a convenient solution. You simply drive all the way to Meiringen and pay approximately 20 euros to leave the car at the first hotel. There is no need to reserve the parking spot in advance.

When you return from Lenk to Meiringen you can take the train, which takes about 3 hours, or you can purchase a private transfer back to the first hotel (costs about €100 per person).  

Food & Beverage

On this trip we have included breakfast every day. It is generally easy to find places to eat at, as well as shops to buy lunch or a lunch pack at. 


Overnight stays on this tour include: 6 nights in double rooms at tourist class hotels and 1 night in a traditional mountain hut with a shared bathroom / WC

Hotel Upgrade
When you book the trip, you can choose, whether you want to upgrade to especially good hotels on the trip. This costs a little extra, but if you choose this, you'll be accommodated at these types of hotels:

  • Meiringen: Hotel Victoria ***
  • Grindelwald: Private Selection Hotel Kirchbühl
  • Wengen: Hotel Silberhorn
  • Griesalp: Griesalp Hotels
  • Candlestick: Victoria Belle Epoque
  • Adelboden: Private Selection Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa ****
  • Lenk: Hotel Kreuz ***
Hiking Descriptions

When booking the tour, you will receive all relevant "pre-departure" information. Some information (e.g. the hotel list) is only available about one month before the departure. On our individual self-guided tours, hiking descriptions, maps and other destination materials will be provided to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.


It can be difficult to plan your trip according to the weather, but to give you an idea of the local climate, see data below. Statistics as seen on

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