Hiking the Swiss Alps of Adelboden and Pontresina

26 August 2015

After breakfast we join the morning ceremonies at OurChalet—then it is time to hike.

Welcome to Our Chalet.
Welcome to Our Chalet.

We walk down the hill to the river and then to the cable car (Oey–Bergläger–Sillerenbühl; 1260 m) which takes us to an elevation of 1974 m (which is still lower than Flagstaff, AZ; 2130 m). At the top of the lift is Höi-Turm Silleren, a climbing tower with ropes. Although it looks very interesting and fun it is not part of today’s plan. As we hike we stop often to read the numerous trailside signs describing the wildflowers found in this area. Although we are well past the peak of the season there are still many flowers. The hike gently contours along the ridge to Hahnenmoos, another lift station at 1957 m.

The view from Sillerenbühl as we start our hike.
The view from Sillerenbühl as we start our hike.
Proof that we were really there.
Proof that we were really there.
Mountains, barns, and cows, of course.
Mountains, barns, and cows, of course.

We take a brief stop for lunch and are treated to some overhead maneuvers by the Swiss Air Force with the sound of jet engines echoing off the mountains. Well, it’s a treat for me. I like jets. Not everyone does.

Flying radio-controlled sail planes.
Flying radio-controlled sail planes.

After lunch, we continue our hike and head towards the Regenboldshorn, a small but steep summit. This is the highest point of today’s hike and from here it’s a long downhill walk. Ripe raspberries along the way make it much more enjoyable. We also watch numerous RC sailplanes being flown along the hills and ridges. This is clearly a popular pastime here.

We continue downhill to the midpoint of the cable car that we previously rode in the up direction, ride it down to the base, then transfer to the cable that takes us up into the village of Adelboden. We wander around the village until we decide it’s time for a beverage.

Signs like this are common on the many trails.
Signs like this are common on the many trails.

This is our first day of hiking and we enjoy the beautiful weather, good company, and wonderful vistas of the Adelboden mountains and valleys.

Village of Adelboden.
Village of Adelboden.