Kandersteg to Engstligenalp

(walked in 2001)

 

Note map is not to scale

We set off along the route of the Alpine Pass Route, climbing out of Kandersteg into the Uschenetal by the Alpbach river. Leaving the APR route, which goes over the Bunderchrinde, at Usser Uschine, we headed on up the valley. This route had caught Stephen’s eye the year before and he’d mentally made a note to walk this alternative route towards Adelboden.

  For the first few kilometres the way followed a farm track before striking off at Inner Uschene on a Bergweg. In places the way marking was a little indistinct, but the path itself was good and we soon climbed up through rough pasture to a signpost at 2512m on the Schedelsgratli ridge. Ahead was the strangely shaped Tschingellochtighorn at 2735m. Weather conditions were a little threatening with a slight possibility of thunder and low cloud drifting over nearby peaks.

From the Uschinetal looking down valley towards Kandersteg and the Blumlisalp

View looking up Uschenetal with Tschingellochtighorn on right

Climbing to the Engstligengrat

The walk, , continued across the scree covered SE face of the Tschingellochtighorn to reach the Engstligengrat ridge, before heading down the SW face, again over scree. We decided to reduce the amount of scree walking by going along the NW face. This path also crossed a scree slope but the path was perfectly safe and easy to walk on. Lower down there was a short stretch of boulder field to cross with remnants of snow.

Looking towards the Tschingellochtighorn on climb from Uschenental. As can be seen the weather had turned a little grim.

We then rejoined the path mentioned earlier and descended the Artelengrat ridge down to Engstligenalp. Much of the time the views of the Wildstrubel were hidden by haze and low cloud, but this kept clearing to give some views.

 

The Wildstrubel from Engstligenalp 

The return to Kandersteg was by cable car to Unter dem Birg and then bus to Frutigen changing at Adelboden Oey. The train returned us to Kandersteg.

This walk is described with a route profile on Kandersteg’s website   in German. Click here to go direct to this page