Gasterntal Kandersteg Switzerland

Activity overview

Enjoy a hike through this beautiful valley and absorb some amazing scenery. This hike is suitable for all ages, especially those looking for a relaxing day of hiking.

Take the bus to Selden, a steep mountain road which in itself is a fun adventure! From there, head further up the valley where you can enjoy views of Kandersteg’s snow-capped peaks and ancient glaciers. The rest of the day is a leisurely cruise downhill to the Centre.


This is only a guide. Times might change according to the weather and the group’s ability.

08:30 Check equipment, and prepare to leave
08:50 Take a bus up to Selden at the upper part of Gasterntal
09:30 Start hiking up following Kander left bank. Stop in Heimritz and continue until the bridge at 1'724 m.
11:00 Start hiking back to Selden through Tangelwald (right Kander ban
12:00 Arrive back to Selden and have lunch
13:00 Hike down to Kandersteg. Stop in at Swiss mountain restaurant Waldhus
17:00 Arrive back to KISC



Taking the bus is recommended. Bus tickets can be booked through the online form under the name "Bus to Selden". More information about the bus can be found here.

  • Price adult: CHF 12.50 (single ticket)
  • Price child: CHF 8.50 (single ticket)

Guest Cancellation: the guest cancellation policy for the bus can be found here.

Important information 
  • You need to fill in the route card at reception, before your departure.
  • Please check at reception for the route conditions as they are reviewed regularly.
  • Leaflets containing more information on the exact route can be found in reception.
  • Rucksack - 20 to 40 litres
  • Hiking boots with ankle support (no trainers)
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Warm clothing - long trousers, fleece, warm hat and gloves (no jeans)
  • Sun protection - sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat
  • Water bottle - 2 litres
  • Food - packed lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (asthma inhalers, etc.)
  • Pocket money (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking map, compass and whistle
  • Mobile phone
Awards & Badges 

You can get closer to achieving the following awards and badges, by completing this activity:

  • Silver Wanderrucksack: Gastereholz
  • Gold Wanderrucksack: Alpetli
  • Eco Award
  • High Adventure Award
  • Swiss Explorer Award
  • KISC Challenge Award

More information about the awards and badges can be found here.

Go Eco!

This hike can be even more enjoyable when learning about the environment around you. The self-guided booklet below can help you explore the Alps the eco way. 

PDF icon eco-i-spy_summer_2020_web.pdf1.12 MB


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Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 3 hours 30 minutes from Kandersteg (one way)
TSA Terrain level 
Price adult 
Price child 
Programme theme 
Eco Adventure
High Adventure
COVID Secure
Group size no limit
Minimum age limit 
from 10 years