Overnight Ueschinen Hut

Activity overview

This is an excellent opportunity for younger Scouts to experience a night in a high alpine hut. The Ueschinenhütte is the Centre’s very own hut at 1'890 m.

Use the Allmenalp Cable Car to gain height quickly, then traverse into the Ueschinen Valley with breathtaking views of the village and surrounding area. Once in the Ueschinen Valley, it’s a steady but easy climb to the Ueschinenhütte, passing through traditional high alpine farms. You will spend the night in the hut, then the following morning you can return back down to the Centre in time for lunch!

Schedule 

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

Day 1

14:00 Leave KISC
14:15 Take the Allmenalp cable car
14:30 Follow the road to the Ueschinen Valley
15:30 Enter the Ueschinen valley
17:00 Arrive at Ueschinen hut

Day 2

08:30 Start hiking down to KISC
09:30 Follow route 19 down to KISC
10:00 Arrive back at KISC
Pricing 
  • Price adult: CHF 15.00
  • Price child: CHF 15.00

Price includes: overnight stay at Ueschinen 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

Taking the cable car is recommended. Cable car tickets can either be purchased from reception at the centre or through the online form under the name "Allmenalp Cable Car". More information about the cable car can be found  here.​

  • Price adult: CHF 9.00 (single ticket), CHF 14.00 (return ticket)
  • Price child: CHF 6.00 (single ticket), CHF 9.00 (return ticket)
Important information 
  • This activity is not available on Saturdays.
  • 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.
  • 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 packed lunch for the first day (prepared in the morning), and 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 also 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.
  • 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 and breakfast 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.
  • 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 
  • 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:

  • Ueschinenhutte Badge
  • Bronze Wanderrucksack: Restaurant Lohner
  • 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 valley you'll travel through to reach the Ueschinen hut to enrich your hiking experience.

The hike through the Ueschinen valley gives great views over Kandersteg and Oeschinensee. This valley has gentle slopes on either side, forming the shape of a V, indicating that it was carved by a river. The KISC chalet and campsite is located in a U-shaped valley, which have much steeper sides and were carved by glaciers.

This valley is used primarily for dairy farming, as it has been for generations. Before the road was built, all dairy products were transported to Kandersteg by a wooden cart every day. Today, the farmers still work in a co-operative system, bringing the cows into the valley each summer when the snow melts. As the summer progresses, the cows slowly move up the valley in search of the freshest grass. This is one of the biggest farming areas in the canton of Bern.

The Ueschinen was also once home to sulphur mining. Evidence of this can be seen behind the hut on the Lohner mountains, where black caverns lead deep into the yellow-tinged rock. Mining began in 1709, was closed in 1717 for 12 years, then opened again briefly before permanently shutting in 1731 due to difficulties in transporting the product to Thun.

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 3 hours from Kandersteg (one way)
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
0
Price adult 
CHF 15.00
Price child 
CHF 15.00
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
COVID Secure
Hiking
Mountain huts
Suitability 
Scouts
Explorers
Rovers
Group size 4 - 30
Minimum age limit 
No age limit

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