Hiking & nature

Allmenalp–Usser Ueschinen–Kandersteg hiking route

A walk with fantastic views and a number of mountain huts

From the Allmenalp starting point, the route heads towards Alpschelen and then onwards to Usser Ueschinen. From there, you can enjoy a lovely view over Inner Ueschinen with its many mountain chalets. From Usser Ueschinen, the walk follows a gently curving trail back to Kandersteg.

The RegioExpress Lötschberger takes you from Bern to Kandersteg in one hour without changing trains. The valley station of the Allmenalpbahn can be reached on foot in around 10 minutes.

Notes

Hiking trails After an impressive trip by cable car along the Allmifluh with a view of the spectacular via ferrata, you land in the heart of the Allmenalp. The mountain station at 1,725 m is the starting point for all hikes.

The classic: Allmenalp – Ueschinental – Kandersteg (2.5h)

This leisurely hike leads from Allmenalp past exquisite alpine huts, as well as alpine farms and forests, to the Usser Üschene, where the trail branches off towards Kandersteg. With plenty of sun and a backdrop of the magnificent mountain panorama, this is the easiest circular route back to the village. The hike is also suitable in poor weather and works well in either direction.

The insider tip: Allmenalp – Alpschelehubel – Ueschinental – Kandersteg (4h)

Through the pasture landscape of Allmenalp, this trail branches off to Obere Allme at the foot of Kleiner Lohner. Along the stony mountain flank, you reach the Alpschele ridge. Here you’ll meet the original route of the “Via Alpina” long-distance hiking network, via which you can reach Adelboden via the Bunderchrinde. Your route, however, leads along the Alpschele ridge to the Alpschelehubel, where breathtaking views of the surrounding UNESCO mountain landscape await you. The descent leads via the Alp Alpschele and the Ueschinental valley back to Kandersteg.

The highlight: Allmenalp – First – Kandersteg (5h)

Halfway to Obere Allme, the hiking route branches off to the right in the direction of First. For a good two hours, the trail leads through the sheep pastures of the “Steintal” valley across open fields to the ridge and soon to the summit of the First, where you can enjoy spectacular, far-reaching views. Those who prefer a shorter option can descend via the same path back to the Allemnalp. The original route, however, leads further along the ridge and through flower meadows in the direction of Stand and Golitschen, where the trail branches off back to Kandersteg. Our tip: Look out for chamois, ibexes and golden eagles!

Circular route: Allmenalp – Bunderspitz – (Bunderchrinde) – Allmenalp (4.5h)

After crossing straight across the Allmenalp, the trail leads to the hiking summit of the Bunderspitz. The route from the gentle alpine pastures to the rocky summit takes a good two hours. The Bunderspitz is also a popular spot for ibexes and chamois, so keep your eyes peeled – although with these views, you’ll be doing that anyway. The descent leads either directly back to the Allmenalp or via a link around the Kleiner Lohner to the Bunderchrinde and back to the Allmenalp via the Alpschele ridge. There is even an alternative option to descend to Adelboden.

Availability

21 May to 16 October 2022

Kandersteg-Allmenalp cable car operating times

daily, every 15 minutes

21 May to 10 June 2022, 08.30-17.00 hours

11 June to 14 August 2022, 08.00-18.00 hours

15 August to 4 September 2022, 08.30-18.00 hours

5 September to 16 October 2022, 08.30-17.00 hours

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Kandersteg-Allmenalp aerial cableway

  • CHF 14.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 20.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 10.00 Concession*, one-way
  • CHF 15.00 Concession*, return
  • CHF 7.00 Children, one-way (aged 6 to 15.99)
  • CHF 10.00 Children, return (aged 6 to 15.99)
  • CHF 10.00 Groups**, one-way
  • CHF 15.00 Groups**, return

* Half-Fare travelcard, guest card, local residents, shareholders

** For groups of 10 or more. With groups of 10 or more, one person travels free.

Junior travelcard and Children’s Co-travelcard are not valid.

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

MagicBlue Kandersteg

Deep-blue Lake Oeschinen lying in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hidden Arven lakes on Sunnbüel, and the inviting Allmenalp above its four waterfalls. It’s not only the MagicBlue Pass that raises the curtain on these three natural stages in Kandersteg. Because hotel guests can now also enjoy excursions to the magic of the Alps without any worries – from three overnight stays in Kandersteg, mountain transport is included in the price. 

  • MagicBlue-Pass 1 PASS, 2 LAKES, 3 CABLE CARS (Oeschinensee, Sunnbüel, Allmenalp)
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How to get there

Take the train to Kandersteg. After leaving the station turn right and follow the signs "Allmenalpbahn". The walk to the valley station takes about 10 minutes.

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