Ice Walk

Winter hiking in the mountains on the frozen Lake Oeschinen – a special experience

The ice walk in the UNESCO World Heritage site is unique and peaceful. Admire the white winter scenery and the mountain peaks, the snowy mountain lake shows its wintry side. Two different trails cross the thick ice. A special kind of experience!

Peacefulness of Nature

Pssst… just listen to the snow and nature… in the middle of the lake, you can feel the cold air on your skin – a touch of Alaska.

On the lake

The trails are groomed by machine. You can hike them with sturdy footwear. The thickness of the ice and access to the lake are monitored. Walking on the ice is only allowed when the thickness of the ice is sufficient. Walking off the winter trail is at your own risk. Please observe the respective information at the access point directly at the lake.

Approximate times required

Short loop, 1.6 km, 30 minutes
Long loop, 3 km, 90 minutes

UNESCO Jungfrau-Aletsch

The entire winter hiking trail is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfrau Aletsch.

Winter season starts Dec 22, all slopes and tracks will be open. The lake is not frozen yet.

Hiking access to Oeschinensee is closed due to slope preparations. Please consider that in winter, no official walking access from town to the lake. For your own safety use the cable car.

The way back to Kandersteg

In the winter, the hiking trail from the Oeschinensee to Kandersteg is closed for safety reasons (danger of collision with tobogganists and skiers). For your own safety, please do not use the tobogganing slope as a hiking trail.