Hiking & nature

Unique mountain walks in Betelberg Lenk

Over hill and dale in the breathtaking countryside.

The mountain scenery in Betelberg is superlative. Various circular mountain hiking trails, themed trails and easy walks offer you unique walking experiences in the mountains. Walks of different lengths, from gentle inclines to steep – Betelberg is an attractive starting point.

The RegioExpress Lötschberger takes you from Bern directly to Zweisimmen every hour, where you change to the regional train to Lenk in the Simmental.

Routes

Time for some mountain air

Past colourful meadows and crystal-clear mountain lakes – the most beautiful walking routes offer great variety and enjoyment. The tour planner provided by Lenk-Simmental Tourism helps you plan the perfect walk. For inspiration, here are our five top walks in Betelberg-Lenk:

Gryden circular mountain trail

A special experience: the crater-like, bizarre rock landscape fascinates not just geologists and biologists but also anyone who enjoys a unique landscape. This rewarding circular mountain trail starts and ends at the Leiterli mountain station.  
The circular trail can be combined with the Leiterli Alpine circular trail or the Betelberg Alpine flower trail.

Key figures

 Start and finish Bergstation Leiterli
 Distance 7,5 km
 Ascent/descent +340 m / -340 m
 Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
 Difficulty medium
 Catering Berghotel Leiterli

Leiterli circular Alpine trail

This easy circular walk of around 45 minutes takes you from Leiterli via Steinstoss and Agematte and back to the Leiterli mountain station. Original information and adventure stations show events and aspects of Lenk’s history and Alpine culture. What happened at the ‘Wiiberschlacht’ (‘Battle of the Women’), for example, and what’s so special about the Gryden? The spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape are also well worth seeing. There are numerous places to sit and relax along the way.

Key figures

 Walking route Bergstation Leiterli
 Distance 3,3 km
 Ascent/descent +60 m / -60 m
 Duration 50 minutes
 Difficulty easy
 Catering Berghotel Leiterli

Betelberg Alpine flower trail

No plants are sown or planted on the Betelberg Alpine flower trail – here, the garden belongs to Mother Nature alone! The Betelberg Alpine flower trail is situated at an altitude of 2,000 metres above sea level and starts at the Leiterli mountain station. Here you will find the kind of natural diversity that is quite rare these days. More tham 100 information plaques along the 1.8-km circular trail help you to identify the Alpine flowers. In July and August, up to 70 species of flower are in blossom. The circular trail is surrounded by a unique panorama with views over the head of the valley and the Haslerberg upland moor.

Key figures

  Start and finish Bergstation Leiterli
 Distance 1,4 km
 Ascent/descent +55 m / -55 m
 Duration 30 minutes
 Difficulty easy
 Catering Berghotel Leiterli

Guided tours of the Leiterli Alpine Flower Trail 2022

Immerse yourself in the world of alpine flowers with Margrit Dubi from Lenk

More than 100 different types of alpine flowers grow naturally on the Alpine Flower Trail on the Leiterli! Experience the Alpine Flower Trail very vividly: Margrit Dubi explains exciting, interesting and unusual facts about the alpine flora. The topics of mythology, medicinal plant and alpine herb effects will also be addressed. The right dose of humour and mischievousness will definitely not be missing!

Dates

02.07. / 10.07. / 18.07. / 26.07. / 31.07. / 05.08. / 12.10.2022

Notes

  • Registration until the day before: Lenk Bergbahnen: 033 736 30 30
  • Limited number of participants, spontaneous participation also possible if available
  • Route: Alpine flower trail at the mountain station of the Betelberg gondola lift (Leiterli).
  • Pure marching time: 30 min., route is slightly undulating
  • Equipment: Good shoes & clothes suitable for the weather
  • Thunderstorm: In case of heavy rain the tour will not take place
  • On request: Individual guided tours for groups

Price

Leiterli-Trütlisbergpass-Wallegg-Lenk

This walk from Leiterli over the Trütlisberg Pass to Lenk offers a spectacular panorama. Along the way, you can take in unforgettable views all the way to the head of the valley, dominated by the Wildstrubel. The route follows the Alpine flower trail and the Leiterli Alpine circular trail before reaching the impressive landscape of the Gryden. The trail snakes its way past the cratered landscape towards the Trütlisberg Pass, the gateway to the Saanenland. From here, you go through Alpine meadows and forests and descend around 950 metres back into the village of Lenk.

Key figures

 Walking route Bergstation Leiterli–Trütlisbergpass–Wallegg–Lenk
 Distance 13 km
 Ascent/descent +133 m / -950 m
 Duration 4 hours 50 minutes
 Difficulty medium
 Catering

Leiterli–Iffigsee–Iffigenalp

Far away from hectic everyday life, you will find one of Lenk’s most beautiful mountain walks. Taking a good five hours to complete, the circular mountain trail to Iffigenalp leads you past Lake Iffig, a pristine blue mountain lake. Iffigenalp, the walk’s end point, lies peaceful and idyllic in the upland valley of the Gelten-Iffigen nature reserve at 1,584 metres above sea level. There you can take the bus back to the village.

Key figures

 Walking route Bergstation Leiterli–Iffigsee–Iffigalp
 Distance 12,9 km
 Ascent/descent +650 m / -1000 m
 Duration 5 hours 
 Difficulty medium
 Catering

There are of course many other remarkable walks, which you can find out more about in the guidebook or the interactive summer map.

Availability Today (Thursday) open

Operating times, Betelberg gondola lift

Daily from 12 June to 24 October 2021
08.30–17.00 hours

 

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Betelberg gondola lift, one-way fare

  • CHF 36.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 18.00 Adults, one-way (Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard)
  • CHF 18.00 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), one-way

Betelberg gondola lift, return ticket

  • CHF 54.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 27.00 Adults, return (Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard)
  • CHF 27.00 Children (aged 6 to 15.99), return

 

  • Reduction for holders of a valid Simmental Card or Adelboden Guest Card.
  • Children with Junior travelcard or Children'sCo-travelcard use the mountain railways free of charge.

 

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

Plan journey

From the ‘Lenk, Talstation Betelberg’ bus stop, you can ride in comfort on the Betelberg gondola lift up to the Leiterli mountain station. This is where the circular walk starts and ends.

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