Adelboden to Lenk

Route: Adelboden to Lenk

Area: Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Date of walk:  18th June 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 350 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies, hot

After an overnight stay in Adelboden, the next stage of our journey in the Bernese Oberland (arranged by Inntravel) was to walk from Adelboden to Lenk via the Hahnenmoos Pass. Instead of climbing to the pass, which would have doubled the length of the walk, we went for the easy option, and took the cable car to Sillerenbühl. Without any physical effort on our part, and after about 20 minutes, we disembarked from the cable car at an altitude of 6,500 feet, about twice the height of England’s tallest mountain

The views from here were magnificent, and we continued to enjoy them as we climbed up and then descended the ridge leading to the Hahnenmoos Pass. From this point the remainder of the walk was downhill. We followed a series of tracks and paths, some steeper than others and most of them waymarked, in the direction of Leck. As we did so new views opened up, and those over the Simmental Valley were especially good

Lower down we passed through some pristine Alpine wild flower meadows, a wonderful sight. The meadows were alive with butterflies, though they were very skittish and proved to be hard to photograph

Eventually the village of Lenk came into view below and after descending for about 1 hour we arrived at our destination, Lenk. Here we checked into the Hotel Krone, which will be our base for tonight before we set off on the next stage of our holiday in the Bernese Oberland

It had been a fantastic walk. The weather gods were on our side, blessing us with clear air, sunshine, and impressive clouds which showed the spectacular scenery in its best light

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