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Winter hiking at the Gemmi Pass

A winter experience at the historic Gemmi Pass

Amid a magical snow-covered Alpine landscape, this historic pass takes you from Sunnbüel in the Bernese Oberland (at 1,936 m above sea level), past cosy inns and the Daubensee Lake to the Gemmi Pass (2,350 m above sea level) in the canton of Valais. The specially prepared track, which is safe to hike, offers a range of options for discovering and enjoying this unique winter landscape.

Thanks to the ski lifts, you arrive comfortably at 2000 m of altitude and can enjoy the alpine landscape. For the hike from Sunnbüel to the Gemmip pass, there is a special ticket that combines the cable car rides from Kandersteg to Sunnbüel and from the Gemmi pass to Leukerbad.The special ticket can be purchased in the BLS online shop with a 30% discount.

Special offer 30% discount

Benefit from the following when you purchase travel to and from the event by public transport at the same time:

  • 30% discount on the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel cableway ride return
Do you own a GA travelcard? Then buy the offer at a special price here.
  • Variante 2: Kandersteg–Sunnbüel cableway (30%) and Gemmipass–Leukerbad cableway (30%)
Do you own a GA travelcard? Then buy the offer at a special price here.
The savings offer is also available at BLS Travel Centres and at every railway counter in Switzerland.

Description of the hike

  • Distance: 12 km
  • Walking time: 3 Hours
  • Height difference: 520m uphill, 70m Downhill
  • Condition: Winter hiking trail prepared with snow groomers.Snow shoes are not required
  • Shortcut: If you have tired legs, you can take a mechanical lift on the last end between the Daubensee and the Gemmi pass

Further winter and snowshoe hike around Sunnbüel


A round trip down from the mountain station Sunnbüel to the hospital mat and back to the starting point via an alpine hut. This medium difficulty snowshoe hike takes about 2.5 hours.


An easier snowshoe trail, lasting about 1 hour, leads from the mountain station Sunnbüel to the viewpoint Stock and back to the starting point.

Winterwanderweg Altelsblick

The 1 to 2-hour round trip overlooking the imposing mountain world is perfect for families and other nature lovers.
The starting point is the mountain restaurant Sunnbüel, where you can enjoy culinary delights before or after the hike.

Opening times Today (Wednesday) open

Sunnbüel cable car (Kandersteg):

Winter operation

17 December 2022 to 27 January 2023
09.00–16.00 hours

Last ascent at 15.30 hours each day

28 January to 16 April 2023
09.00–17.00 hours

Last ascent at 16.30 hours each day

The cable cars depart every 30 minutes.

Mid-season winter operation

1 to 30 April 2023
Ascents: 08.00, 13.00, 17.00 hours
Descents: 08.10, 13.10, 17.10 hours


Winter operation

20 December 2022 to 23 April 2023
09.00–17.00 hours, every 30 minutes.

4 March to 23 April 2023: on weekends already from 08.00 hours.

Last ascent at 16.30 hours

Subject to changes 

MagicBlue Pass

Magic Blue Adventure Pass – 1 ticket, 2 lifts

You can enjoy twice as much fun in the snow with the Magic Blue Adventure Pass. This includes two return journeys by cable car to Lake Oeschinen and to the Gemmi Pass on Sunnbüel.

BLS suggestion

  • Visit the GiantHeart, which is located at the Sunnbüel mountain station.
  • After the hike, treat yourself to a break in the Leukerbad thermal baths

How to get there

The Gemmi Pass can be accessed from two sides:

Route 1:

From the Bernese side via the Kandersteg-Sunnbüel cable car.

Route 2:

From Leukerbad on the Valais side with the Gemmibahn cable car.


Das Berghotel Schwarenbach liegt zwischen Gemmi und Sunnbüehl und verwöhnt Sie mit kulinarischen Leckereien von Rösti bis zu hausgemachten Früchtekuchen.


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