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Schwarenbach - Sunnbuel
Walk 8043

Canton - Valais / Wallis - Leukerbad & Gemmipass

Canton - Bern / Berne - Kandertal

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.0 km / 2.5 miles

Ascent - 40 metres / 132 feet

Descent - 140 metres / 462 feet

Time - 1.00 hours

Grade - easy

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This route from the Berghotel Schwarenbach offers an easy route through a wide valley. The walk offers some excellent mountain views on easy to follow paths.

Start the Berghotel Schwarenbach. No mechanical means of reaching here from the valley. Walk 8042 provides a very pleasant approach.

End the upper station of the Luftseilbahn Kandersteg-Sunnbüel. See Transport Map for the Kandertal Region.

This is a straightforward walk which crosses the border from Valais/Wallis into the Canton of Bern. Leave the Berghotel Schwarenbach and walk north on the path signed to Sunnbüel. Initially the route passes through a barren landscape but this soon changes as you begin to descend into a wide valley.

After Spittelmatte the views to the left of the Üschenegrat ridge improve. Reaching a junction of paths/tracks continue straight ahead climbing gently to the upper station of the cable car at Sunnbüel.

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

Tour of Mont Blanc

Tour of Mont BlancAn essential guidebook for walking the Tour of Mont Blanc. The 170km route typically takes 11 days to trek around the Mont Blanc massif. The TMB is recognised as one of the world's classic treks. The book describes both anti-clockwise and clockwise directions, with variants and information about huts, refuges and facilities en route.

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The Tour of the Bernina

The Tour of the BerninaGuidebook describing a 9-stage (119km) route around the Piz Bernina massif in the Alps on the Swiss-Italian border near St Moritz, and the 8-stage (94km) Alta Via Valmalenco exploring the Valmalenco valley, in the shadow of Monte Disgrazia. The Tour of the Bernina is suitable for first-time trekkers but the Alta Via needs some experience.

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Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving.

Do do not exceed your capabilities.

Please Note - These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Sitzerland is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps at the most detailed scale where possible. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed, and corrective action taken if necessary.