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Via Alpina: The Bear Trek

Discover the highlights of the Swiss Via Alpina by hiking the Bear Trek, our favorite section of the classic long-distance trail in the European Alps.
Starting point
Meiringen
Finish point
Lenk
Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Technical level
Mostly easy trails with an occastional steep or rough section
Fitness level
Suitable for hikers, who enjoy consecutive long days on a trail
Price
From: 1,645€/person

Hike below famous Alpine peaks like Eiger, Jungfrau, and Mönch

Discover the beauty of the Swiss region of the Bernese Oberland

Experience a hassle-free journey on this self-guided trek

Sleep in cozy Swiss hotels, inns, and mountain huts

Panoramic trail from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg with Mount Eiger view
Panoramic trail from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg with Mount Eiger view
Spectacular principal street of Lauterbrunnen with and stunning Staubbach waterfall in background
Spectacular principal street of Lauterbrunnen with and stunning Staubbach waterfall in background
Kleine Scheidegg with Eiger Nordwand background
Kleine Scheidegg with Eiger Nordwand background
Amazing tourquise Oeschinnensee with waterfalls and Swiss Alps Kandersteg
Amazing tourquise Oeschinnensee with waterfalls and Swiss Alps Kandersteg
Panoramic view of Lauterbrunnen valley village of Lauterbrunnen the Staubbach Fall and the Lauterbrunnen Wall
Panoramic view of Lauterbrunnen valley village of Lauterbrunnen the Staubbach Fall and the Lauterbrunnen Wall
View to the mountain Eiger
View to the mountain Eiger
The valley called Kiental
The valley called Kiental
Fabulous autumn view of picturesque alpine Wengen village and Lauterbrunnen Valley
Fabulous autumn view of picturesque alpine Wengen village and Lauterbrunnen Valley
Hiking above Grindewald
Hiking above Grindewald
Kleine Scheidegg train station
Kleine Scheidegg train station

Included in price

8x Accommodations with breakfast

Tour design and organization

Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions

Service and support during your hike

GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app

Optional Extras

Transfers to Meiringen
Transfers from Lenk
Luggage transfer
Single supplement
From:
1,645€
/person
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What to bring to the tour

Comfortable sports clothes
Insulation jacket
Spare socks, underwear and shirt
Gloves
Toilet paper
Snacks
Headlamp
ID card
Trekking poles if you are used to them
Extra layer
Rain jacket
Headwear
Sports shoes with good grip
Water bottle
Sunscreen
Toothbrush
Sleeping liner
Backpack 25-30 l
Some cash for food and accommodation

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The Bear Trek is one of the most picturesque sections of the Via Alpina Switzerland. It is a perfect choice for those who want to get to know the Swiss Alps but don’t have time to hike the full trail.

The name doesn’t imply that you’ll meet any bears on the trail, so no worries. It comes from a time when the route was only possibly done by wild scavenging animals like bears and wolves.

It leads you through the heart of the Bernese Alps, the Swiss region that boasts some of the most famous peaks like Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. And you’ll hike right next to them!

The route will take you across mountain passes, valleys, and along ridges. You’ll explore the Swiss alpine culture and stay in mountain huts, lovely inns, and small hotels, all while tasting delicious food.

We book all of your accommodations, organize luggage transfers, and more, so you can focus on the journey. And a few weeks before setting off, we’ll send you the detailed itinerary booklet with the planned GPS route.

All that’s left to do is mark the calendar and count the days until your trek begins.

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Things to know

Self-guided

Those who like a good adventure and limitless flexibility should go on a self-guided tour. We prepare the itinerary and book your accommodations while you enjoy the journey without our guide, being fully in charge of all the daily decisions. While you’ll have the full support of our team in case of any emergencies or concerns, a certain level of self-reliance is required.

Private Guided

Experience the great outdoors on a private guided tour tailored just for you. The tour is for those who want a hastle-free adventure and enjoy the flexibility of a small private group and not stress about the details of everyday planning. The guide will be fully at your disposal to make this experience as personalized as possible, maximizing the enjoyment during and after the tour.

Join a Group

For solo hikers or hikers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about tour-planning and other annoying details. We’re going to find you a group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and take care of all the other details. The tour will be led by our guide, who’ll make sure everything runs smoothly, ensuring maximum hiking enjoyment.

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We handle itineraries, accommodations, and anything else you prefer not to deal with, so you can enjoy a carefree hike.

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