Oeschinensee Hike

Activity overview

Oeschinensee is a beautiful alpine lake and probably the most famous in the Kandersteg area.

The path to the lake starts at the Tourist Office in Kandersteg. It then follows up a well-marked path, a tarmac road in places, which is suitable for all ages. There is an alternative footpath, that follows underneath the gondola. This is steeper and less scenic but shorter and quicker to reach the lake. By Gondola, there is a wide footpath from the top station that leads down to the lake.

Schedule 

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

08:30 Leave KISC
09:15 Hike up to Oeschinensee following route 17
10:30 Arrive at Oeschinensee
11:00 Start hiking back to KISC
12:30 Arrive back to KISC
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.
Equipment 
  • 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:

  • Eco Award
  • High Adventure Award
  • Swiss Explorer Award
  • KISC Challenge Award
  • Wander Rucksack: Heuberg, Biberg, Oeschinensee

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. 

Attachments 
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PDF icon Oeschinensee Eco Hike4.44 MB

Activity

Season 
Autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov)
Spring (Mar, Apr, May)
Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guidance 
Self-guided
Location 
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes from Kandersteg (one way)
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
0
Price adult 
Free
Price child 
Free
Programme theme 
Eco Adventure
High Adventure
Category 
COVID Secure
Hiking
Suitability 
Cubs
Scouts
Explorers
Rovers
Group size no limit
Minimum age limit 
from 10 years

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