Bernese Oberland Trail Run Tour

Summary

We'll run inn-to-inn through the alpine pastures of the Bernese Oberland, with our bags transported for us! Enjoy views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau during the day, and some of our favorite Swiss mountain hotels at night.

Date

July 29 - August 4, 2018

Length

7 days, 6 nights

Tour Category

Inn-to-inn tour

Fees

$3295 per person
$200 single supplement

Whats included

Five nights at 3-star hotels, one night at an inn with private rooms, all breakfasts, trail snacks, five dinners, guided runs daily, Swiss Transfer Ticket rail pass for travel between the airport and your tour, all transfers to and from trailheads, luggage transfers between stops.

Description

Trail running from inn to inn, with our bags transported for us is one of our favorite ways to see the Alps!

Run the Alps’ trail running tour of the Bernese Oberland will traverse some of the most famous mountain terrain anywhere in the Alps, if not the world. We’ll run about 8-10 miles each day, taking plenty of time on the uphills, pausing frequently to take photographs, enjoy the scenery, and sample great food and drink en route. We’ll trail run over historic Grosse Scheidegg pass, then cruise along high alp pastures with sweeping views of the Eiger. In the mountain villages of Wengen and Mürren, we’ll finish with several days of trail running past high alp farms (including stops for some great lunches!), within sight of the Jungfrau, one of the most photographed mountains anywhere.

Run the Alps’ Jim Maddock trail running at Schynige Platte with big views of the Berner Oberland. (Photo courtesy of Patitucci Photo.)

Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn – delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for a day in the mountains. Soon we’ll be out on the trail, and each day we’ll offer options for an ambitious route, or an easier route that takes advantage of mountain trams and railways. Each morning, we’ll bring out a variety of trail snacks from which you can choose. Almost all of our runs will include stops at mountain huts or alp farms, where we can enjoy a leisurely lunch of local cheeses, röstis or a fruit torte.

Taking a break, high above Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Our stages can be hiked in a full day or run in half a day, and we plan the itinerary to finish each day with plenty of time to relax. You will have your own bedroom and luggage every night. In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn. These are often multi-course feasts, featuring local Swiss specialties, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one night in Grindelwald free, where you will have a chance to explore on your own.

Day-by-day
Day 1

Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train and then Swiss Post bus to Schwarzwaldalp Inn. We’ll have the option of a short trail run after arriving. We’ll then meet for a drink and briefing, and enjoy our first dinner together. Waterfalls and imposing mountains watch over us in this relaxing corner of the Alps. We’ll stay in a friendly, rustic inn with private rooms and shared bathrooms.

  • Schwarzwaldalp Inn
  • Dinner
  • 5 miles; 500 to 1,000 feet ascent and descent.
Day 2

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll complete the run over high Grosse Scheidegg pass and enjoy our first views of the Eiger and of the Grindelwald valley. With 10,000 vertical feet separating valley from peak, Grindelwald sits at the base of one of the most impressive vertical mountain walls in the world. After reaching the pass, we’ll traverse the upper reaches of the valley to the postcard-perfect Bachsee lake before winding down on quiet trails to the glacier village of Grindelwald and our lovely 3-star hotel in town.

  • Hotel Gletschergarten
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner.
  • 6 - 10 miles ; 1,000 feet up, 2,000 feet down
Day 3

We’ll kick things off with a trail run high above Grindelwald. We’ll contour along the scenic ridge opposite the Eiger, where huge mountain views to the south are balanced by stunning views down to the Thun and Brienz lakes just north of us. Return to Grindelwald for a second night– and plenty of fireworks! Dinner will be on our own tonight, giving each of us a chance to roam the town and explore.

  • Hotel Gletschergarten
  • Breakfast, trail snacks.
  • 6 to 12 miles; 2,000 feet up. Shorter option available.
Day 4

Today is Swiss National Day– Switzerland’s annual patriotic day of celebration, and we’ll enjoy the festivities throughout the day!

From Grindelwald, we’ll run up to the Kleine Scheidegg pass, directly under the Eiger itself. The Eiger’s massive North Face dominates a landscape that includes many stunning peaks and glaciers. We’ll take lesser-known trails through meadows and quiet alp farms as we run to the quaint car-free mountain village of Wengen.

Trail running above the village of Mürren in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland. Mürren is famous for being a village without cars, and only accessible by tram above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. (Photo courtesy of Patitucci Photo.)

  • Hotel Bären
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner.
  • 6 - 10 miles, 3,000 feet up, 2,000 feet down; Shorter option available.
Day 5

Our fifth day features a run between two of the most famous mountain villages in Europe, through one of its most dramatic valleys, and lunch at a high, working alp farm! Starting high in Wengen, we’ll choose our route down to the end of Lauterbrunnen valley, running some of the Jungfrau Marathon route, and taking in the 10 glacier-fed waterfalls that make up Trümmelbach Falls. We’ll drop in at the quiet Stechelberg Alpenhof at the end of the valley, as we watch parapenters descend from the cliffs above. From there, we’ll run up to the working alp farm of Obersteinberg, one of our favorite spots in all the Alps. Then we’ll have the option of a run through woods and past waterfalls, or you can descend to a cable car that takes us up to our comfortable three-star hotel in Mürren.

  • Hotel Bellevue
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner.
  • 6 - 10 miles, 3,000 feet up, 2,000 feet down; Shorter option available.
Day 6

We’ll take a day to enjoy our perch high above the Lauterbrunnen valley, in the car-free mountain town of Mürren. The trail running possibilities here are practically endlessrun high pastures with views over our shoulder of the Jungfrau, to lunch at the classic Rotstockhütte, or enjoy the tram to the top of the Schilthorn and a run back to village, or simply relax with a day with Mürren’s unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains! In the evening, we’ll enjoy a final celebratory dinner together.

  • Hotel Bellevue
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner.
  • 6 - 10 miles, 3,000 feet up, 2,000 feet down; Shorter option available.
Day 7

Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.

  • Breakfast
Arrival

Plan to arrive the day your tour starts at the latest. Flights from the US usually depart the day before. The closest airport is Zurich, which is a little over three hours away by train. Geneva is four hours, forty-five minutes away. There are train stations in each airport, making for convenient transport to the region.

This tour includes a Swiss rail pass that you can use for travel to and from the airport.

Departure

Plan to depart the morning day after your tour ends, at the earliest. The closest airports from our finishing point are Geneva and Zurich. Plan on one night at a hotel in your departure city if you have a morning flight. We can assist with this booking, if you like.

If you’d like to extend your visit with additional trail running, we can help with self-guided run descriptions for other regions, and review trail racing possibilities, if you’d like to take part in an Alps trail race.

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