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Via Alpina

Stage 16, Lenk–Gstaad

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From Lenk via the Wallegggraben, up into lynx territory, through a damp, eroded limestone region with far-reaching views. Over the Trüttlisbergpass and through the long Turbachtal valley with its varied history down to the sophistication of Gstaad.
Following the Wallbach through the eponymous gorge, this stage begins along a path and over steps. The ascent to the Wallegg-Stube restaurant is relatively steep. Impressively, the river has carved out metre-deep cylindrical pools in the rock here over hundreds of years. The path then continues uphill, winding its way through rolling meadows and over the tree line.

Another boundary, the cantonal border with Valais, becomes visible in the form of the Wildstrubel and Wildhorn. Passing between these two peaks over 3,200 metres high, the Rawil Pass was used by the inhabitants of Lenk from the early Middle Ages to maintain trade relations with Valais. The Tierberg comes into view on the other side, towards Adelboden. Its cave was probably the highest Alpine resting place in the Neolithic period. Via the Trüttlisberg Pass, the highest point of the stage, we leave the municipal boundary with Gstaad and now look down into the magnificent Turbach valley. The panoramic view to the south stretches from the famous Lake Lauenen to the Geltenschuss. This impressive waterfall 100 metres high has multiple levels and is also the emblem of the valley basin.

The hiking trail leads down to the Turbach, starting on a moorland path. Nestling between the Hornfluh and the Giferhorn, Gstaad’s local mountain, we sink deeper and deeper into the lovely, unspoilt Turbach valley, surrounded on both sides by steep slopes and always following the stream. The further we descend into the valley, only the lower part of which is inhabited all year round, the greener the meadows become. Passing by the scattered agricultural settlement of Turbach, we finally reach the fashionable holiday resort of Gstaad.
From Lenk via the Wallegggraben, up into lynx territory, through a damp, eroded limestone region with far-reaching views. Over the Trüttlisbergpass and through the long Turbachtal valley with its varied history down to the sophistication of Gstaad.
Following the Wallbach through the eponymous gorge, this stage begins along a path and over steps. The ascent to the Wallegg-Stube restaurant is relatively steep. Impressively, the river has carved out metre-deep cylindrical pools in the rock here over hundreds of years. The path then continues uphill, winding its way through rolling meadows and over the tree line.

Another boundary, the cantonal border with Valais, becomes visible in the form of the Wildstrubel and Wildhorn. Passing between these two peaks over 3,200 metres high, the Rawil Pass was used by the inhabitants of Lenk from the early Middle Ages to maintain trade relations with Valais. The Tierberg comes into view on the other side, towards Adelboden. Its cave was probably the highest Alpine resting place in the Neolithic period. Via the Trüttlisberg Pass, the highest point of the stage, we leave the municipal boundary with Gstaad and now look down into the magnificent Turbach valley. The panoramic view to the south stretches from the famous Lake Lauenen to the Geltenschuss. This impressive waterfall 100 metres high has multiple levels and is also the emblem of the valley basin.

The hiking trail leads down to the Turbach, starting on a moorland path. Nestling between the Hornfluh and the Giferhorn, Gstaad’s local mountain, we sink deeper and deeper into the lovely, unspoilt Turbach valley, surrounded on both sides by steep slopes and always following the stream. The further we descend into the valley, only the lower part of which is inhabited all year round, the greener the meadows become. Passing by the scattered agricultural settlement of Turbach, we finally reach the fashionable holiday resort of Gstaad.
22 km
1150 m | 1150 m
7 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Lenk im Simmental
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note postbus recommendation No. 365 Turbach–Gstaad.
Ascent Turbach
365
Ascent Turbach
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Gstaad, Bahnhof–Turbach, Post
or
Turbach, Post–Gstaad, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved Gstaad–Turbach approx. 280m.
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Gstaad
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Gestione della segnaletica
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3000 Bern 23

Services

Accommodation

Bio-Hof Brandegg
Bio-Hof Brandegg
Lenk im Simmental
Hotel Kreuz
Hotel Kreuz
Lenk im Simmental
B&B SportGenussNatur
B&B SportGenussNatur
Gstaad
BnB Steimandli
BnB Steimandli
Gstaad
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Gstaad
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Gstaad
Posthotel Rössli
Posthotel Rössli
Gstaad
Sporthotel Victoria
Sporthotel Victoria
Gstaad
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Vaud
1 Via Alpina: Vaud
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Places

Lenk in the Simmental
Lenk in the Simmental
Gstaad
Gstaad
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Places of interest

Pumppark Saanen
Pumppark Saanen
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
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Swimming

Outdoor baths Saanen
Outdoor baths Saanen
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization