29: Kandersteg - Nord Rampe - Kiental

The Nord Rampe is a relatively easy walk from Kandersteg around to Kiental.

The view up towards Kandersteg from the Nord Rampe Höhenweg:
The view up towards Kandersteg from the Nord Rampe Höhenweg

The Nord Rampe follows the railway down valley from Kandersteg towards Frutigen before turning higher and eventually rounding the point above Lake Thun to turn towards the chairlift at Ramslauenen above Kiental.

Start either by following the road down valley out of Kandersteg or you can take the path to the left just past the Hotel Alpha Soleil (after admiring the hotel's herb garden!); the path rejoins the road by the old milestone to Bern. The Nord Rampe goes off to the right beside the railway and you may find alpine raspberries here in late July. The path weaves in and out of several small valley cuttings and provides good views of Mitholz and Kandergrund in the valley, with the old fortification of Felsenburg between the two. There are several signposts along the way including two at Ronewald 10 minutes apart! Above Kandergrund with its power station stock pipes, the path climbs fairly steeply to the Restplatz at Bundergrabe - this is a good place for lunch with a shelter, a water trügli and a loo (but no restaurant). The steep path before Bundergrabe is a good place to find alpine strawberries.

The path climbs again from Bundergrabe to reach the open high-level alp called Schlafegg where the path joins the alpine road for a short distance. The path continues fairly level until a short descent and climb up to Chüeweid where there is a welcome seat. On a clear day you have good views over to Lake Thun. From Chüeweid you can continue on the Nord Rampe around to the chairlift at Ramslauenen which will take you down to Kiental. The Post Bus takes you to Reichenbach and the BLS train or bus takes you back to Kandersteg. Beware that from 2007 the connections between the Post Bus from Kiental and the train / bus on to Kandersteg is very badly timed with a 50 minute wait in either Reichenbach or Frutigen. If the transport times defeat your schedule, an alternative route from Chüeweid is to take the path directly towards Lake Thun, through Aris and Kien into Reichenbach. Chüeweid to Aris takes about one and a half hours with another 40 minutes from Aris to Reichenbach or another hour and a quarter from Aris to Frutigen.

The Nord Rampe from Kandersteg to Ramslauenen is about 16 km with short sections of ascent and descent with the highest point at Unter Gehrenen at 1607m, a rise of approximately 400m above Kandersteg. The path is good, meandering through a mixture of woodland and alpine meadows. The Nord Rampe from Kandersteg to Ramslauenen is signed as 6 hours 20 minutes but you need to check transport times carefully as the Post Bus from Kiental typically only runs every 2 hours - see http://www.fahrplanfelder.ch/fileadmin/fap_pdf_fields/2017/31.220.pdf .

Timings are given here to walk the Nord Rampe in either direction; the effort is similar either way. Kandersteg is signed as 6 hours 10 minutes from Ramslauenen.

Whichever way you walk the Nord Rampe, the transport timings are currently perverse (2017). In the morning, the 09:12 train from Kandersteg arrives in Reichenbach at 9:34 to just miss the Post Bus at 09:27 so you need to be on the 08:12 and spend 53 minutes in Reichenbach. If you walk Kandersteg to Kiental then the 17:09 Post Bus from Kiental to Reichenbach leaves at 17:09, arriving Reichenbach at 17:25 in time for the 17:27 connection to Frutigen (17:41); however, the next train to Kandersteg is 18:25 (arriving 18:41) or the bus leaves at 18:26 (arriving at 18:56). There is no Post Bus from Kiental at 16:09.

Time Height Location Comment OR starting from Kiental Time Height Location Comment
10:07 1170 Hotel Blümlisalp   09:40 958 Kiental
11:15 1120 Hemlige 10:03 1409 Ramslauenen 10 mins admiring the view
11:48 1210 Ronewald 10:50 1552 Bachwald
12:18 1200 Ronewald still! 11:20 1544 Furggi above Chüeweid 15 mins sit on next section
12:27 1376 Bundegrabe rastplatz 35 mins lunch - leave 13:03 12:05 1440 Crossroads and sign Kandersteg = 4 hours 15
13:43 1456 Schlaffegg 12:30 1520 Höreli
13:51 1520 Höreli 12:45 1456 Schlafegg Lunch for 40 mins
14;24 1607 Unter Gehren Cross roads. Can descend to Frutigen 13:55 Sign - Kandergrund = 1 hour
15:05 1468 Chüeweid 10 mins sit 14:00 1376 Bundegrabe 15 mins rest
15:40 1552 Bachwald Farmhouse but no restaurant now (2017) 14:45 1200 Ronewald
16:29 1409 Ramslauenen Top of chairlift 17:00 1170 Hotel Blümlisalp
17:09 958 Kiental Bus to Reichanbach at 17:09 (2017)
Time Height Location Comment
10:07:00 1170 Hotel Blumlisalp  
11:15:00 1120 Hemlige  
11:48:00 1210 Ronewald (1210)  
12:18:00 1200 Ronewald (1200)  
12:27:00 1376 Bundergrabe rastplatz 35 mins lunch - leave 13:03
13:43:00 1456 Schlaffeg  
13:51:00 1520 Horeli  
14:24:00 1607 Unter Gehrenen crossroads to Frutigen  
15:05:00 1468 Chueweid 10 mins nectarine
15:40:00 1552 Restaurant at Bachwald on Nordrampe 15 mins - not always open
16:29:00 1400 Ramslauenen chairlift top  
16:47:00 948 Ramslauenen chairlift bottom  
16:57:00 958 Kiental 17:07 bus to Reichenbach. Ksteg @ 18:25 (2006)

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-- JaneCurry - 2009-06-08 - 12:14
Topic revision: r7 - 09 Oct 2017, JaneCurry
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