Waldhaus - SeldenWalk 8037
Canton - Bern / Berne - Kandertal
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 190 metres / 627 feet
Descent - nominal or unknown
Time - 1.50 hours
Grade - easy
A peaceful valley walk following the River Kander upstream from the Berghotel Waldhaus to the Hotel Gasterntal at Selden. The surrounding mountains offer a continuous and dramatic backdrop throughout the walk.
Start the Berghotel Waldhaus. See Transport Map for the Kandertal Region. Please note the bus service is limited and reservations are recommended. Current information can be obtained from the Tourist Information Bureau in Kandersteg. If taking the bus you will be dropped off at the end of the road leading to the Waldhaus from the valley service road.
End the Hotel Gasterntal, Selden
From the Waldhaus follow the broad path/track up the valley signed to Selden and the Balmhornhütte. The path to the latter branches off right after one kilometre and you should continue up the track to reach a bridge over the River Kander. Cross the bridge and turn right on the other side. The path follows the river up to another bridge. Cross the river again and continue through forest.
Crossing the river for a final time, you reach the foot of a step in the valley floor. The path climbs in zigzags to enter a hanging valley. Quite soon the path joins the valley service road. Continue along this to the Hotel Gasternal from where the bus service back to Kandersteg departs.
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