Hiking & nature

Hiking trails in the Kiental Valley

The Kiental Valley is renowned as a starting point for many lovely walks.

Past tumbling waterfalls, you’ll hike along stunning panoramic paths past meadows of scented flowers as you discover the beauty and splendour of the Kiental.

Depending on your mood and the kind of walk you fancy, you can choose from a half or full day’s hike in the valley. Thanks to the Griesalp postbus – known to be Europe’s steepest scheduled bus service – it’s easy to reach the starting point for the walks.

 

Route description

Selected walking tips for the Kiental Valley

  • Day walk from Griesalp to Kiental village (4 hrs 30 min)
    Griesalp–Golderli–Hasenboden–Kanzel–Aabebärg–Mittelberg–Spiggengrund–Losplatte–Kiental. Distance: 9.5 km
    From the postbus terminus at Griesalp, follow the brown signposts towards Golderli–Abendberg. From Kiental, the postbus will bring you back to Reichenbach.
  • Griesalp circular hiking trail (4 hrs 30 min)
    Griesalp–Dündenalp–Bundalp–Oberloch–Gamchi–Bürgli–Golderli–Griesalp. Distance: 9.5 km
    From the postbus terminus at Griesalp, follow the brown signposts towards Dündenalp. You return on the Griesalp postbus service to Reichenbach.
  • “Bear Path” half-day walk (2 hrs 30 min)
    Alpenruhe–Tschingelsee–Bärenpfad–Golderli–Pochtenalp–Wildwasserweg–Tschingel. Distance: 2.8 km
    From the “Kiental, Restaurant Alpenruhe” postbus stop, follow the brown signposts towards Tschingelsee. From the Tschingel car park, the postbus will bring you back to Reichenbach.
  • Walk through the Hohtürli Pass
    From Kiental to Lake Oeschinen. Following the adventurous postbus ride on Europe’s steepest route from Kandersteg to Griesalp, the mountain trail leads to the highest point of the pass and the Blüemlisalp Hut at 2,778 m above sea level. From there, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the glaciers on the northern flank of Blüemlisalp. On the other side of the Hohtürli Pass, the trail leads back down to the deep blue Lake Oeschinen.

Alpine farming and nature educational trail

On the Alpine farming and nature educational trail, you can learn about nature and about the lifestyle and work of the mountain farmers on the Griesalp. At the information points along the way, by using all your senses – reading, seeing, feeling and hearing – you’ll discover interesting facts about the flora and fauna, geology, mountain forests, mountain streams, Alpine farming and Alpine cheese production. Thanks to the book that accompanies the educational trail, you can read more about all of these things when you get back home. You can purchase the book for CHF 12.00 from the Kiental tourist office.

The route is signposted from the Griesalp postbus terminus. Simply follow the blue logo for the Alpine educational trail.

  • Walking time for the Alpine educational trail half-day walk: 1 hr. 30 min. (4 km, elevation difference 100 metres).
  • Walking time for the Alpine educational trail day walk: 4 hr. 30 min. (7.5 km, elevation difference 500 metres).

Availability Today (Wednesday) open

The Kiental hiking trails can be followed from late May to mid-October every day. Subject to change without prior notice.

Rates

PostBus journey from Reichenbach i.K. to Griesalp Kurhaus

  • CHF 20.40 Adults
  • free of charge Adults with GA travelcard
  • CHF 10.20 Adults with Half-Fare travelcard
  • CHF 10.20 Children up to the age of 16
  • free of charge Children up to the age of 16 with Junior travelcard

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

Notes

Catering and overnight accommodation

Several mountain guesthouses and hotels on Griesalp offer accommodation and rest stops.

Plan journey

From Reichenbach railway station the Postbus (line 220) takes you along the steepest PostBus route (28% gradient) to Griesalp in the Kiental.

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