A long but steady climb out of Lenk as you follow the Walbach river and its waterfalls before crossing the Truttlisberg pass and then a slow descent through fields and roads to Lauenen.
Follow the Walbach upstream as you ascend out of Lenk. The going gets steeper and steel ladders and stone steps have been put in place to help progress over the smooth rocks of the Walbach gorge. About an hour after setting off, you will come to Wallegg, where you can stop for a breather and a refreshing drink. Mountainous views accompany you all the way to the Trüttlisberg pass at 2038m. Start the pleasant descent to Lauenen over pastures and woodland and arrive in the centre of the small village, where you can catch a bus to the bustling and glamorous Gstaad.
Today is a day of meadows and wildflowers, perhaps some of the most beautiful such examples in the world. Make the most of the tinkle of cowbells, the fresh herbaceous aromas and the friendly but shy marmots scurrying through the flower-speckled greenery.
The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.
There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, they have sometimes melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed.
Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.
Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant
As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.
Food and Drink
There are no stops until Lauenen, so ensure you bring ample supplies.
Points of Interest
A gorge, hollowed out by the powerful river, framed by pine trees and sloshed with water that has caused the rock to erode in beautiful patterns.
Trüttlisberg pass 2038m
A stunning mountain pass, perhaps not as rugged as some of the previous passes but the views in every direction are incredible, and the pass itself is a beautiful high meadow of wildflowers.
Playground of the rich and famous, expect designer stores, beautiful people and stylish bars and restaurants.