Activity overview

After travelling up to 1934m with the Sunnbüel cable car the hike begins on the first half of the famous Gemmipass route.
After reaching the historical Schwarenbach mountain hotel the track takes a sharp right to ascend up and over the Schwarzgrätli, a challenging and exposed pass. The track then descends down through the Ueschinen Valley passing the Ueschinenhütte before returning back to the Centre.
 
Schedule 

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

08:30 Leave KISC
10:00 Enter the Ueschinen valley and follow route 19
13:00 Arrive at Schwazgrätli
15:00 Take the Sunnbüel cable car
15:30 Arrive at KISC
Pricing 

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 "Sünnbuel Cable Car". More information about the cable car can be found here.​

  • Price adult: CHF 16.80 (single ticket), CHF 23.00 (return ticket)
  • Price child: CHF 8.40 (single ticket), CHF 11.50 (return ticket)
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
  • Hüttentest

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

Activity

Season 
Autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov)
Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guidance 
Self-guided
Location 
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 7 hours from Sunnbüel cable car (round trip)
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
2
Price adult 
Free
Price child 
Free
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
COVID Secure
Hiking
Suitability 
Scouts
Explorers
Rovers
Group size 0 - 15
Minimum age limit 
from 12 years

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