Oeschinensee - Kandersteg
Walk 8032

Canton - Bern / Berne - Kandertal

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles

Ascent - nominal or unknown

Descent - 510 metres / 1683 feet

Time - 2.00 hours

Grade - easy/moderate

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The Öeschinensee is beautifully situated above Kandersteg with the Blümlisalp soaring skywards from its shores. This walk visits Öeschinensee and follows its shore before descending into the valley.

Start Upper station of the Sesselbahn Öeschinen from Kandersteg. The valley station is a few minutes walk from Kandersteg Railway Station. See Transport Map for the Kandertal Region.

End Kandersteg Railway Station. Regular trains from Spiez (with connections from Interlaken) and Brig. Also bus service from Frutigen.

Exit the upper station of the chairlift and follow the wide path signed towards the Öeschinensee. Ahead the Blümlisalp and its satellite peaks provide a wonderful panorama. Where the main path descending to the hotels bears right, continue ahead on a narrower path. The path passes through a landscape of scattered woodland.

Soon you pass the junction for the Blümlisalphütte, which forks off to the left. At the next junction (above the barns at Läger) bear left and continue on this lower path to the Blümlisalphütte. This leads down towards the shores of the lake. At the next junction turn sharp right and continue along this lakeshore path with some fine views to the Blümlisalp. This path leads to the hotels and restaurants at the outlet to the lake. One option from here is to take the main signed path directly back to the chairlift.

The onward route into the valley is signed to Kandersteg and is easy to follow. The easier route is to bear left at the first junction from where you descend to a cross junction of paths/tracks. Bear left here and then descend to Kandersteg with the river on your right. Just under one kilometre from this last junction, bear right off the main track and follow a clear path through the forest. Reaching a substantial bridge over the river, cross to the other side. Turn left and continue to follow the river into Kandersteg with the river now on your left. Reaching the main road, turn right and continue into the centre of the village.

Suggested Maps

Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW 5004 - Berner Oberland

Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW5009 - Gstaad - Adelboden

Kandersteg Wanderkarte - 1:25000

 

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