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Panoramic high-altitude hike

The classic high-altitude trail from the Gantrisch region to the Stockhorn summit with magnificent views

Important Hints:

  • The hiking ticket "Gurnigel-Stockhorn" is available from 29 July to 24 October 2021.
  • The reduced hiking ticket is only available in the BLS Webshop.
  • The hiking ticket is only valid for the PostAuto route from Thurnen, train station at 08.35 to Gurnigel, Wasserscheide.

Contact:

Between the Gurnigel region and the Simmental rises the imposing Gantrisch chain, which includes the striking rocky peak of the Stockhorn. The classic Gurnigel-Stockhorn high-altitude trail leads along this chain. The views of the Bernese Alps, Lake Thun and the Simmental are unique and breathtaking. The reward is the magnificent panoramic view from the 2190 m high Stockhorn.

The trail leads first on an asphalt road and then on a gravelled alpine road to Alp Obernünene. Then the ascent to the Leitere Pass at 1904 m begins. Once you reach the top of the pass, you are rewarded with a fantastic view. Now the actual high-altitude trail begins under the gigantic Gantrisch chain. Passing Chuelouenen and Stierehütte, you reach Oberi Walalp. On the organic Demeter alp with dairy cows, cattle, alpine pigs and chickens you can buy a fine piece of Bernese alp cheese AOP.

From Oberi Walap, the route now leads to the last steep ascent along the north face passage to the ridge and finally to the Stockhorn. A grandiose panorama invites you to enjoy it.

HIKING TICKET GURNIGEL - STOCKHORN

Arrival:

Travel by BLS from your departure station to "Thurnen". Here you change to PostBus line 323 and travel to "Gurnigel, Wasserscheide". This is the starting point of your hike.

(The reducedhiking ticket is only valid for the PostAuto route (line 323) from Thurnen, railway station at 08.35 to Gurnigel, Wasserscheide).

Travel examples from Spiez / Thun / Bern:

Spiez from: 7.50 a.m.

Thun from: 8.07 a.m.

Berne from: 8.12 a.m.

Thurnen from (Postbus): 8.35 a.m.

Gurnigel, Wasserscheide on: 9.13 a.m.

The following services are included in the hiking ticket:

  • PostAuto: Thurnen railway station - Gurnigel Wasserscheide
  • Stockhornbahn: descent Stockhorn - Erlenbach i.S.

Tip:

  • The journey to Thurnen or from Erlenbach is not included in the price.
  • The hiking ticket is only valid for the PostAuto connection from Thurnen, railway station at 8.35 am.
  • The hiking ticket is only available in the BLS Webshop.
  • No further discounts are granted for groups.
  • The transport services (PostAuto, aerial cableway, BLS) are free of charge for children with a junior ticket or a travel pass.
  • The hike takes approx. 4.5 to 5 hours (without breaks and picnic).
  • Last descent Stockhornbahn at 5.35 pm with train connection in Erlenbach.

Route description:

This medium-difficulty hike, for active hikers, starts on Gurnigel. Follow the marked trail in the direction of Leiterepass/Stockhorn.

Key data:

Route: Gurnigel Wasserscheide - Leiterepass - Oberi Walalp - Stockhorn

Distance: 11.1 km

Hiking time: 4.5 - 5 hours

Level of difficulty: medium

Height difference: +949 m / -398 m

Return journey

After the hike, take the cable car from the Stockhorn summit to Erlenbach in the Simmental. After a walk of about 20 minutes to the railway station, the BLS will take you back to your home station. The last descent of the Stockhorn cable car is at 5.35 pm.

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