Do your own Climbing
Kandersteg has numerous and diverse climbing locations. With approachs from 10 - 45 minutes for most climbs, they are easily accessible. Though rock types vary, the climbing is mostly on solid limestone.
All routes are 'sport style'; bolted and well maintained with good belays.
Usual equipment includes a 50 metre rope , 10- 15 quickdraws, selection of slings, hardware and other personal equipment.
Rock climbing is dangerous, though an extremely rewarding sport. We recommend thorough training and experience before attempting any climbing activity without the presence of an experienced guide. As with all outdoor activities, be kind to the environment and enjoy yourself - safely!
Below are a few of the more popular climbing locations in and around Kandersteg.
Situated in the Ueschinen valley, the wall offers around 50 routes with grades between 4 and 7a. A very nice sport multipitch climbing area with a 35 minute approach from the parking area after the Lohner restaurant or 55 minutes from the top of the Allmenalp cable station. One of the Bernese Oberlands best multipitch sport climbing venues with a stunning outlook over the surrounding area.
A popular crag with almost 60 single pitch routes. Located only 5 minutes walk from the top of the Sunnbüel cable car station. In a sunny sheltered location with it's short approach, climbing is possible here for a lot of the year. With routes ranging from 4 to 8a this is one of our favourite climbing areas.
Located near the fourth sign post of the Vita parcours in the Oeschiwald forrest. Offering around 20 climbs, this is a good place to spend the afternoon without the added cost of a cable car. Usually dry even when raining, due to the overhanging rock at the top of the climbs. Grades between 6a and 7c. Some climbs of grade 4c if routes are only climbed halfway.
Four crags between 10 and 40 minutes walk from the hut. Climbs ranging between 3a and 7a+. This is a great location for family climbing as the hut serves as the perfect overnight and there is a good balance between easy and more difficult routes. The Lämmerenhütte has restaurant type service, bookings for the overnight can be made through the KISC Programme Staff.
Seven multipitch climbing routes up this peak with individual pitches ranging from 4c to 6a. Approach takes approximately 1h 15min from Mitholz. The West Ridge is an excellent multi-pitch route at 5C.
Located behind Hotel des Alpes on the main road in Kandersteg. This short, steep wall contains routes from 6b+ to 8b+, this area is best suited to strong climbers!
There are many climbing areas around Stockhorn within a short walk of the cable-car. Offers some excellent lower grade single pitch climbing, with one of the best views in the Bernese Oberland.
Two multipitch routes to the summit of Bire. The normal route is graded 5a and other route 'Biranah', slightly more difficult at 6a+. Both offer some of the longest multipitch adventures in the Kander valley. Choose a fine, sunny day and leave plenty of time for the descent.
Two multipitch routes to the summit of Gällihorn. Gälliwändli 5a, 8 pitches and Löwenherz 6a+, 8 pitches with a scramble of approximately 80m to the summit.