Grimsel Pass Tours
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Locals know that Grimsel Pass has a sacred place in Swiss history, as traders once rode donkeys along the dangerous paths of Grimsel to transport local cheese to far flung regions of the country. This painstakingly beautiful wild mountain road connects Goms in Valais to the Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland. Travelers who venture along Grimsel Pass will bear witness to rugged granite cliffs, towering snow-capped peaks, crystal clear reservoirs and plenty of lush green foliage. And while the pass is home to some of the country’s main power producing plants, visitors will find that much of the land still remains untouched.
Travelers can hike the two-hour loop around a man-made lake and absorb the breathtaking wonder of the surrounding beauty or hop aboard the aerial cable car from Handeck to Gerstenegg and take it all in from above. And those who are interested in the powerhouse facilities can register for guided tours that start in Innnerkirchen.
Grimsel Pass closes during poor weather in the winter months; however, the cable car still functions for skiers in pursuit of perfect powder. While the pass’s beauty is undeniable, the northern side of Grimsel is scattered with power lines and reservoir walls that can interrupt an otherwise incredible view.
Address: Grimsel Pass, Oberwald, Switzerland
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Grimsel Pass
Abseil down 165 feet (50 meters) into a gushing canyon at Grimsel on this Swiss Alps canyoning adventure. After a scenic drive beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Bernese Alps, you'll leap off rock ledges, ride a zipline and shoot down natural slides into swirling plunge pools below. Wetsuit, safety gear and showers plus a light lunch and beer are included on this 5.5-hour tour from Interlaken, limited to 13 people for a small-group experience with your professional guide. This seasonal tour operates May–October.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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