Hiking trail Gasterntal
|Region||: Bernese Oberland|
|Distance||: 11 km, 6.8 miles|
|User rating||: 7|
The high Gastern valley (Gasterntal) reaches out south-east of Kandersteg. This secluded valley is not much visited which makes it a magnificent area for hikes.
Transportation to Gasterntal
The easiest way to reach the entrance to the Gasterntal is to drive to the parking lot of Eggeschwand. There is a gondola station here, but you do not need it for this hike. You can walk from the railway station in Kandersteg to the parking lot as well (about 3 km, 1.9 miles). Will you be traveling to and from hiking areas frequently? A Swiss Pass or one of the other passes grants easy access to the entire Swiss Travel System (trains, buses, boats and mountain transportation).
A steep path leads you from the parking lot into the valley. The desolated scenery with rocks and roaring streams suddenly changes place with a restful wide valley with meandering rivers and sandy plains. Impressive rocks faces rise up from both sides of the valley. The indicated duration and distance for this hike are averages. You will have to walk back the same way so it is up to you how far you walk into the valley. However, a path and a sandy road run parallel so some variety is possible. The first part of the route mainly follows the river of Kander. Then you will enter a forest. If you bother to walk further on you will be surprised by a view of unusual, fierce rock faces.
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