The historic pass hike from Leukerbad into the Bernese Oberland via the Gemmi Pass can, without exaggeration, be described as the classic among the classics.


A sense of expectation accompanies the view upwards from Leukerbad to the gigantic rocky peaks of the Gemmi region or from Kandersteg to the Stock. You may wonder how on earth there can be space for a path. But appearances can be deceptive. Although the climb to Gemmi is steep and long, the trail is well constructed and never truly dangerous. There’s no need for any test climbs in advance. Once at the top, the vista extends across Daubensee lake. Turn around and you’re facing the Valais high Alps. The landscape on the Gemmi Pass is bleak and rugged. Scree surrounds the lake. In contrast, colourful flower-spangled meadows border the hiking trail a little further down at Spittelmatte.

The hike begins in Leukerbad. From now on follow the signposts for the Gemmi Pass. The climb to the pass is steep and long. Once you reach the top, there’s a fantastic viewing platform for those with a head for heights next to Berghotel Wildstrubel. A well-constructed panorama trail then passes alongside Daubensee lake down to Hotel Schwarenbach. Making its way past glorious Alpine meadows, the trail then takes you down to Spittelmatte. A small climb finally leads you to the Sunnbüel upper station. To return to Kandersteg railway station, take the cable car and then the bus.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Start Point
Leukerbad, Bahnhof bus stop
Target Point
Sunnbüel upper cable car station
One way
Altitude (meter above sea level)
2336 m
1050 m
492 m
13 km
5 h
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
July - October
With panoramic view


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Quick Facts

Route number


13 km


5 h


1050 m

Travel information: Leukerbad

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