Guidebook

A Swiss Ski Tour Classic: The Western Oberland Traverse

A remote, high alpine ski tour in western Switzerland’s majestic Bernese Oberland.

Description

The vast glaciers of the Bernese Oberland feel more arctic than alpine in scale, creating a rugged, white wilderness high up above, and far away from anything you’ve experienced before.

The Bernese Oberland Ski Tour or the “Little Haute Route” as its also sometimes known, traverses the Western Bernese Alps. The tour leads you in an easterly direction, tracing the snaking backbone of summits from Les Diablerets, over the Wildstrubel and the Wildhorn. Taking you across high alpine terrain, the traverse combines challenging summit climbs, remote refuges, long sweeping descents, and of course stunning glacial scenery. After 4-5 days of high alpine adventure, you finish with an exhilarating descent from the Rote Totz Lucke summit down to Kandersteg. This guidebook divides the complete Western Bernese Oberland Traverse into 5 stages. Follow the listed adventures from top to bottom for a descriptive guide of the whole tour.

Sources
O’Connor, B. (2003) Ski Mountaineering 2: Central and Eastern Alps. Milnthorpe Cumbria: Cicerone.
https://www.highmountainguides.com/course/bernese-oberland/
https://www.cosleyhouston.com/recent/11-03-21-west-berner-tour.htm

Western Oberland Traverse: Diablerets to the Gelten Hut
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Western Oberland Traverse: Diablerets to the Gelten Hut

1 day +
19.2 km
1,335 m
2,271 m
30 °
Day 1 of the Western Oberland Traverse, running from Diablerets to the Gelten Hut via the Arpelistock.
Difficult
Private
Western Oberland Traverse: Gelten Hut to Wildhorn Hut
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Western Oberland Traverse: Gelten Hut to Wildhorn Hut

6 - 7 hrs
10.6 km
1,362 m
1,066 m
46 °
Day 2 of the Western Oberland traverse, running from the Gelten Hut to the Wildhorn Hut via a high summit.
Severe
Private
Western Oberland Traverse: Wildstrubel Hut to Lammeren Hut
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Western Oberland Traverse: Wildstrubel Hut to Lammeren Hut

4 - 5 hrs
10.2 km
797 m
1,082 m
49 °
Day 4 of the Western Oberland Traverse, running from Wildstrubel Hut to Lammeren Hut.
Moderate
Private
Western Oberland Traverse: Wildhorn Hut to Wildstrubel Hut
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Western Oberland Traverse: Wildhorn Hut to Wildstrubel Hut

5 - 6 hrs
8.8 km
1,127 m
640 m
36 °
Day 3 of the Western Oberland Traverse, running from the Wildhorn Hut to Wildstrubel Hut.
Difficult
Private
Western Oberland Traverse: Lammeren Hut to Kandersteg
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Western Oberland Traverse: Lammeren Hut to Kandersteg

4 - 5 hrs
11.4 km
493 m
1,064 m
38 °
Day 5 of the Western Oberland Traverse, running from Lammeren Hut to Kandersteg.
Difficult
Private