Scouts hiking to Gfellalp hut

Activity overview

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

This hike leaves 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

Meet the guide and prepare to leave  12:30 
Take the bus to Gasterntal  12:50
Arrive at Selden and begin the hike to Heimritz  13:15
Arrive at bridge beyond Heimritz. Begin walk back down the other side of the river and then up the Bergweg to Gfellalp  15:00
Arrive at the hut  18:00

Day 2

Wake up, eat breakfast and clean the hut  08:00
Start hiking down to Selden and back to the centre   09:30
Arrive back at the Centre  14:00
Pricing 
  • Price Adult: CHF 42.00
  • Price Child: CHF 42.00

Price includes: a KISC guide and 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 
  • This hike is not available to start on Saturdays.
  • A leader or responsible person over 18 years old must be present as part of the group.
  • Don’t forget to plan your meals. If you want meals provided by KISC you need to book them separately. We advise to book a hut food package that includes dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day. For the lunch on the second day, you can book packed lunch which is prepared by your group on the morning of the first day.
  • 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.
  • When cooking your dinner at the hut, please remember to cook for your Pinkie guide 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.
  • A sheet sleeping bag liner is required for the overnight. If you do not have one then you can rent a sleeping bag liner from Reception for a CHF 3.00 fee and CHF 50.00 deposit.
Equipment 

All participants must have everything on the list. If a participant does not have all of the required items, they will not be able to join the activity.

  • 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)

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:

  • Huttentest: Gfellalphütte
  • Eco Award
  • High Adventure Award
  • Swiss Explorer Award
  • KISC Challenge Award

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

Activity

Season 
Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guidance 
Guided by KISC
Location 
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 1.5 days
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
1
Price adult 
CHF 40.00
Price child 
CHF 40.00
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
Hiking
Mountain huts
Suitability 
Scouts
Explorers
Group size 4 - 15
Minimum age limit 
from 10 years

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