Activity overview

This is a great option for younger scouts to get a mountain hut experience.

We recomend starting this hike from the Centre at lunchtime, taking the bus to the small village of Selden in the Gastern valley. From here, venture up to the top of the valley, and up towards our hut, Gfellalp, in time for dinner. This is a perfect spot for stargazing, or simply enjoying a nice campfire outside! The hike down in the morning takes in the rest of the spectacular Gasterntal valley, descending through a gorge with incredible views across Kandersteg and down the Kander Valley.

Schedule 

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

Day 1

14:00 Leave KISC
15:00 Arrive at Waldhus follow route 14 to Selden
16:30 Hike up to Gfellalp hut from Selden
17:30 Arrive at Gfellalp hut

Day 2

08:30 Start hiking down to KISC
12:00 Arrive back at KISC
Pricing 
  • Price adult: CHF 20.00
  • Price child: CHF 20.00
Price includes: overnight in Gfelalp hut
Guest cancellation:
  • Less than 7 days before activity: fee of 50% of the price per person
  • Less than 48 hours in advance: non refundable
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.
  • There is a kitchen at the hut available to use for all groups staying there. This includeds two stoves (one wood burning and one gas), access to fresh water, cooking utensiles, plates, cups, cutlery, oil and spices.
  • A KISC Pinkie Guide will arrive to open the hut for you at around 17:30. If you arrive before it will not be open, so please plan your hike accordingly. When planning your meals, don’t forget to include dinner for them too!
  • Please help us to take care of our huts for future groups by cleaning the hut before you leave, and recycling as you would do at the centre. Your Pinkie Guide will be on hand to answer any questions you have about this.
  • In high season it may be necessary to share rooms with another group
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

Extra equipment for overnight activities:

  • Sheet sleeping bag liner (not a regular sleeping bag)
  • Torch
  • Food - dinner and breakfast
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
  • Hüttentest

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

Background information

The local area around KISC has a rich history. Below is a little more information about the area to enrich your hiking experience.

The Gasterntal was carved out by the Kanderfirn Glacier, which is now retreated well past the village of Selden. This gives it its steep sides and flat bottom, forming a U-shape. In the cliffs you can see the folds in the rock from when the Alps were formed millions of years ago. The locals say you can see a dragon in the rock if you look closely. Because of the way the alps were formed, most valleys run north-to-south: the Gaterntal is unusual and runs east-to-west, so gets sunlight all day and as such is home to a huge variety of plants and trees.

The road into the valley from Kandersteg was only built in 1924, although the valley has been lived in since Neolithic times. Before that, the only way into the valley was by crossing the Lötschenpass, which sits 2,690 m high on the south side. In the winter, the valley is cut off from the outside world by snow, so it is only inhabited in the summer months. There are large areas where the trees grow at odd angles from when avalanches have torn through the forest, highlighting the dangers of winter.

If want to find out more about the mountains, the hut, or anything else then your Pinkie guide would love to teach you in the evening!

Activity

Season 
Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guidance 
Self-guided
Location 
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 4 hours from Kandersteg (one way)
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
1
Price adult 
CHF 20.00
Price child 
CHF 20.00
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
COVID Secure
Hiking
Mountain huts
Suitability 
Scouts
Explorers
Rovers
Group size 4 - 43
Minimum age limit 
from 12 years

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