Sunnbuel - Uschenegrat - Schwarenbach - SunnbuelWalk 8039
Canton - Bern / Berne - Kandertal
Canton - Valais / Wallis - Leukerbad & Gemmipass
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 11.0 km / 6.9 miles
Ascent - 630 metres / 2079 feet
Descent - 630 metres / 2079 feet
Time - 5.00 hours
Grade - moderate
This walk follows the Üschenegrat ridge from where superb views are obtained of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The first part of the walk along the ridge is relatively quiet before you drop down to the Berghotel Schwarenbach from where a much busier path leads through the valley back to the start.
Start & End the upper station of the Luftseilbahn Kandersteg-Sunnbüel. See Transport Map for the Kandertal Region.
Exit the upper station of the Luftseilbahn Kandersteg-Sunnbüel and bear right to reach a path junction at Winteregg. Go straight across and start to climb across the eastern flank of the Gällihorn. As you climb higher the path zigzags across steeper ground to reach a viewpoint (2165m). The view from here is excellent with the Kander Valley laid out at your feet. The view also includes a wide panorama of mountain peaks from the Bunderspitz to the Attels.
To continue ignore the paths down into the valley and to the summit of the Gällihorn and continue along the Üschenegrat ridge. The views once more are superb especially into the Inner Üschene valley on your right. Continue along the ridge for over 4 kilometres towards the head of the valley. After crossing the flank of the Wyssi Flue the path descends to a col and a junction of paths. Turn left here to Schwarenbach.
The route crosses alpine meadows before descending in a series of loops and zigzags to join the main path near the Berghotel Schwarenbach. Turn left here and the Berghotel is a few minutes walk. However if you have time and the energy it is worth turning right and continuing as far as the shores of the Daubensee.
From Schwarenbach follow the main path through a narrow rocky valley before descending into a wider valley. The main path, now a track, continues without any further navigational difficulties all the way back to the start of the walk.
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