After my week long travel in Bernese Oberland in September 2018, I visited the Kandersteg area and Zermatt in September 2019.
First of all, I would like to thank this website/ forum and all contributors which helped me plan my trip easily.
I was based in Brig. My travel report for the 4 days:
Day 1: I took the train up to the Gornergrat. On return, I took the train till Rotenboden and walked via the Riffelsee till Riffelberg. Took the train to Zermatt and then wandered in Zermatt for a bit and then took the train back to Brig. Wanted to visit Gorner gorge too but could not as I started feeling tired by 3 pm due to the long travel the previous day.
Day 2: Took the train to Frutigen and then took the bus to Adelboden, Unter dem Birg changing the bus at Adelboden Oey. Walked the easy circular path starting at Engstligenalp Bahn. Spoke to a lovely lady in the bus who was going hiking higher up Engstligenalp with other fellow hikers. She pointed to a mountain where she hiked last winter. While I was amazed by her hiking stories, she was amazed that I was travelling alone and chose to visit a place not frequented by tourists. Ah, the joys of travel :-).
Day 3: Took the train from Brig to Kandersteg and took the bus to Selden (called the company the previous day and reserved 1 seat). There were many people going this way and 2 buses arrived together at Kandersteg to accommodate all. The bus ride was exciting as it passed through a narrow tunnel road and forests. Cars are allowed on this route for specific times only. For the return journey, I walked back from Selden to Kandersteg. Somehow, I missed the hike route and ended up walking on the same path as the bus. As I had already passed through the same route, this walk was not so exciting for me.
Day 4. I visited the Oeschinensee. I wished I had hiking poles here, as the path from the cable car to the lake was a bit slippery for me. The return walk up from the lake was easy. The lake is extremely beautiful and I spent 2-3 hours here wandering around.
Looking back, I wish I stayed at Kandersteg instead of Brig as 3 out of my 4 days, I visited places nearby Kandersteg. I also wanted to visit Montreux and Fiesch area but could not due to lack of time. Good enough reason to visit again :-). I bought a Swiss Half Fare Card online before my trip and this was really useful. I was really lucky to have beautiful weather on all days.
Hoping to visit the Engadine area this year.
Happy new year to everyone!