Gemmipass: The classic among classics

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The historic pass walk from Leukerbad into the Bernese Oberland via the Gemmi pass can, without exaggeration, be described as the classic among classics. A sense of expectation accompanies the view upwards from Leukerbad to the gigantic rocky peaks of the Gemmi region. Wherever can there be space for a path, is what the justified questions seems to be.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Leukerbad bus station
End of tour:Kandersteg - Sunnbüel upper cableway station
Access starting point:For those wishing to use public transport Swiss Railways (SBB) operate a service to Leuk. An LLB bus will take you straight to Leukerbad, Albinen, Inden or Varen from Leuk railway station.

Access point of arrival:
Cableway to Kandersteg
Technical requirements:Medium difficulty
Physical fitness:Medium difficulty 
Total altitude meters:965 m 
Hiking time:4 Std. 15 Min.
Season:July to October

Gastronomy:
Leukerbad, Gemmi pass, Schwarenbach, Sunnbüel
Overnight:Leukerbad, Gemmi pass, Schwarenbach, Kandersteg
Various:Thermal baths of Leukerbad, village centre of Leukerbad
Literature: www.karten-shop.ch

Description

But what eventuates is far different from what might be imagined. Granted the climb to Gemmi is steep and long, however the trail is well constructed and never truly dangerous. In any case, preparatory climbing exercises will not be required. Once at the top, your vista will extend across the Daubensee. Turn around and the Valais Alps face you. The landscape on the Gemmi is bleak and rugged. Scree surrounds the lake. In contrast, colourful, flower-spangled meadows border the walking trail a little further down next to the Spittelmatte plateau.

Leukerbad - Gemmi pass - Daubensee - Schwarenbach - Spittelmatte - Sunnbüel

The hiking starts in Leukerbad. The walking signposts showing the direction of the Gemmi pass will from now on mark your way. The climb to the pass is steep and long. A well-constructed upland track then passes alongside the Daubensee down to the Hotel Schwarenbach. Making its way past magnificent alpine meadows, the trail then takes you down to the Spittelmatte plateau. A small climb finally leads to the Sunnbüel upper cableway station. Kandersteg railway station is again reached via the cableway and then by the bus.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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