Hiking in the Gastern Valley: easy circular hike Selden

The Gastern Valley near Kandersteg is a worthwhile destination for everyone who simply wants to ventilate their heads on a beautiful late summer or autumn weekend. The hiking opportunities are diverse, not designed for vertical meters per se and, above all, in this natural high valley, the path is effectively the destination for once. At least with our tour suggestion, which we picked out in mid-August with a view to the uncertain weather forecast. The proximity to the Valais benefited us – to our surprise, perfect hiking weather awaited us in the Gastern Valley.

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Starting point Selden

The high valley, southeast of Kandersteg, stretches around ten kilometers from the narrow Chluse Gorge to the Kanderfirn, where the Kander rises. Before the Gemmi Pass was created as a simpler connection between the Bernese Oberland and Valais in the 18th century, the Gastern Valley was an important part of the route to the Lötschental. Today, stages 2 and 3 of the Lötschberg Panorama Trail lead from Kandersteg via these old mule tracks to the Lauchernalp. The stage stop between the second and third stage – Selden – is also an ideal starting point for almost unlimited circular hikes through the rear third of the Gastern Valley.

Anyone who tackles the route over the Lötschenpass in Selden crosses the Kander and follows the Leitibach steeply uphill. Instead, we stay on the right side of the river and follow the signposted hiking trail through the wooded slope edge for around 60 meters uphill to the Heimritz mountain inn. The Kander is a constant acoustic companion. Here and there the river bed of the wild mountain stream squints through the thicket.