Uschene Valley

Uschene Valley

Route: Uschene Valley

Area: Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Date of walk:  15th June 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.8 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some sunny spells

On the first day our walking holiday in the Bernese Oberland we decided to follow a route recommended by our travel company, Inntravel

We were staying in the small village of Kandersteg, based in the excellent Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria. We left the hotel and walked to the base of the nearby Allmenalp cable car. The small car whisked us up past the imposing rock face and after a short but exciting ride we disembarked at the upper station to start our walk, at a height of around 5,600 feet above sea level. We’d made an early start, and were pleased to have the place to ourselves, and during the course of the whole walk we only saw a small handful of other walkers

A wide path contoured around the mountainside with some spectacular views at first, but sadly the clouds came down and obliterated the views of the Kander Valley, which was a great disappointment. A family of marmots provided some entertainment along the way as they scuttled across the path and dived into their burrows

Eventually we arrived at Usser Uschene, the top of the Uschene Valley, and at this far point of the walk point we descended below the cloud level, and good visibility was at last restored

We descended along a narrow path which followed the course of the River Alpbach, passing by some cascading waterfalls, before arriving back at valley level. The highlight of this last leg was the wildflower meadows. We’d timed our holiday to coincide with flowering season, and to our delight we were in luck – the meadows were a spectacular sight

After following a riverside path we passed by the base station of the cable car, and from here we retraced our steps back into Kandersteg to end a wonderful walk

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