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Gemmipass - Sunnbüel

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The historic trail from the Gemmi Pass to Sunnbüel is the only one of Switzerland's well-known Alpine crossings that can also be walked in winter.
moderate
Distance 9.1 km
3:00 h
135 m
540 m
2,343 m
1,872 m
In the past, muleteers also hauled goods over the snow-covered passes in winter, which are mostly closed at this time of year nowadays. For a few years now, it has been possible to cross the Gemmi from the top of the pass to Sunnbüel again, and it's well worth it.

Whether you start in Kandersteg and finish the hike in Leukerbad at the thermal baths or walk from Leukerbad to Kandersteg is up to you. The crossing of the Gemmi takes an average of 3-4 hours and the trail is wide-tracked. A stop at the Berghotel Schwarenbach is a good idea for a lunch break.

Author’s recommendation

Buy the round trip ticket for all mountain railways, buses and trains at the counters along the route!
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Update: November 10, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
Gemmipass, 2,343 m
Lowest point
1,872 m
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Tips and hints

The tourist office in Leukerbad will be happy to provide information material and can give detailed information about the route.

Start

Gemmipass, Leukerbad (2,340 m)
Coordinates:
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2'613'647E 1'138'543N
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46.398114, 7.616082
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46°23'53.2"N 7°36'57.9"E
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32T 393611 5139212
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Destination

Sunnbüel, Kandersteg

Turn-by-turn directions

Gemmi Pass - Daubensee - Schwarenbach - Spittelmatte - Sunnbüel

The trail is wide-tracked, flat and, in two or three sections, not very steep to moderately steep. It can be walked with normal winter or hiking boots.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Leuk can be reached by train (SBB), then by bus (LLB - Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) to the starting point in Leukerbad and up to the Gemmi Pass on the Gemmi cable car.

Getting there

From Basel and Zurich: A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; direction Kandersteg; Kandersteg - Goppenstein car transport; direction Gampel; Leuk - Leukerbad.

From Geneva: Motorway A1 to Lausanne; direction Sion/Sierre; Leuk - Leukerbad.

From Milan: Motorway A8/A26 direction Simplon; car transport Iselle-Brig; direction Leuk - Leukerbad.

Parking

Various parking options in the village of Leukerbad. Follow the local parking guidance system.

Car parks in Leukerbad: Gemmi parking, Sportarena parking, Rathaus parking, Torrent parking, Leukerbad Therme parking, Alpentherme parking.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'613'647E 1'138'543N
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46.398114, 7.616082
DMS
46°23'53.2"N 7°36'57.9"E
UTM
32T 393611 5139212
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Equipment

Daypack, comfortable and waterproof winter shoes or sturdy hiking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing, headgear, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, telescopic poles, provisions, drinking water/thermos bottle, mobile phone.

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Margrit Kalbermatten
February 28, 2022 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
135 m
Descent
540 m
Highest point
2,343 m
Lowest point
1,872 m
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