Waldhaus - Selden
Walk 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

Photo from the walk - Waldhaus - Selden Photo from the walk - Waldhaus - Selden Photo from the walk - Waldhaus - Selden
Click thumbnails for larger images.

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.

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

 

Recommended Books

Walking in the ValaisWalking in the Valais

Comprehensive guidebook to the Valais region, describing 111 day walks and 10 multi-day tours. Home to the Matterhorn and Dent Blanche, the routes are in the Fieschertal and the Aletsch glacier region, the Lötschental, Saastal, Mattertal, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Herens, Val de Bagnes, Val Ferret and Vallée du Trient.

More information

Walking in the Bernese OberlandWalking in the Bernese Oberland

This walking guidebook to the Bernese Oberland describes 113 day walks. Routes range from 2 to 24km and offer breathtaking scenery of the classic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, around Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Gsteig and Meiringen. There are routes suitable for all abilities from short flat walks to adventurous treks.

More information