Hiking from Kandersteg to Frutigen
Enjoy the Kander valley and learn about Swiss rail at the same time.
How to get to Kandersteg and back from Frutigen.
Facts Kandersteg - Frutigen
Hiking time: 5h00
Elevation: 780 - 1238 m
Distance: 16.8 km
Terrain: meadow, along railway, valley, forest
Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)
About the trail
The Lötschberg railway from Spiez to Brig is an impressive piece of railway engineering. You will walk along the northern section of this line, and learn about the railway from the many information boards along the way. The section near Mitholz is particularly interesting, because it contains two spiral loops, partly in tunnels. The loops allow the trains to gradually gain height on their way to the Lötschberg tunnel near Kandersteg.
There are beautiful views of the Kander valley as you cross the forests and meadows. The route can be shortened by two hours taking the bus to Mitholz and starting your walk from there.
Note that there is a trail along the southern section of the Lötschberg railway too.