Hiking & nature

Allmenalp–First–Golitschen–Kandersteg hiking route

Hike and enjoy the spectacular views over mountains, the Oeschinensee lake and the UNESCO Alpine world heritage site.

This well-signposted hiking route takes you through luscious Alpine meadows, past herds of sheep and close to the launchpad for the daredevil paragliders. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a series of stunning views over the Blüemlisalp massif, the deep blue waters of the Oeschinensee, and the UNESCO Swiss Alps world heritage site.

Availability Today (Thursday) open

18 May to 20 October 2019

Kandersteg-Allmenalp cable car operating times

Daily, every 15 minutes

18 May to 14 June 2019
08.30–17.00 hours

15 June to 18 August 2019
08.00–18.00 hours

19 August to 8 September 2019
08.30–18.00 hours

9 September to 20 October 2019
08.30–17.00 hours

If the weather is good, operations will continue until later in October.

Travel is possible at unscheduled times by arrangement.

Subject to change without prior notice


Kandersteg-Allmenalp aerial cableway

  • CHF 12.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 18.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 9.00 Concession*, one-way
  • CHF 14.00 Concession*, return
  • CHF 6.00 Children, one-way (aged 6 to 15.99)
  • CHF 9.00 Children, return (aged 6 to 15.99)
  • CHF 9.00 Groups**, one-way
  • CHF 14.00 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


Route description

The rather steep mountain path takes you to the peak of the mountain known as “First”. From these lofty heights, you can enjoy the splendid views towards Niesen and into the Engstligental Valley.

The descent via Stand leads via a rocky and steep path to the Golitschen Mountain Pass and to the Golitschenalp pastures (alternatively, you can descend to Elsigenalp). At the mountain hut on the Golitschenalp, refreshing drinks are served. Via a steep and narrow trail, you head from the Golitschenalp down to Kandersteg.

  • Distance: 9.5 km
  • Elevation difference: Allmenalp 1,723 m – First 2,548 m – Golitschenpass 2,160 m – Golitschenalp 1,833 m – Kandersteg 1,176 m
  • Duration: approx. 5 hours 30 mins
  • Starting point: Allmenalp cable car mountain station

Special notes

  • The descent from First mountain via Golitschen to Kandersteg is only suitable for experienced and sure-footed walkers.
  • The trail can only be followed in dry weather as there is too high a risk of slippage at other times. Unsuitable in stormy, snowy or foggy conditions.

The Allmenalp offers a range of opportunities for observing the Alpine fauna and flora. For paragliding enthusiasts, the area is a veritable El Dorado.

From the Allmenalp, you look over the “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch” UNESCO world heritage site.

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