This 3.5-hour canyoning experience in the Swiss Alps near Interlaken exposes newbies to the sport. You’ll begin with a 33-foot (10-meter) descent into a nearby canyon, then leap from rock ledges, slide down natural slides, and float downstream.
Following hotel pickup, a short drive takes you to your destination, passing beneath the soaring summits of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger ranges. This small-group excursion, restricted to 13 persons for customized attention from your experienced guide, includes a wetsuit, safety gear, a hot drink, and showers. This trip runs from May to October.
- 3.5-hour canyoning trip from Interlaken
- Travel out through the Swiss Alps, beneath snow-capped mountain peaks
- Learn the correct canyoning techniques during a safety briefing from a professional guide
- Abseil 33 feet (10 meters) into the canyon
- Leap off high rock ledges into deep plunge pools
- Slide down natural chutes and float along streams
- A Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures personal attention from your guide
Start your first-time canyoning trip with a pick-up from one of Interlaken’s train stations or at your Interlaken or one of seven local municipality lodging. Wetsuits are provided for those who want extra warmth while they’re in the water, so you’re transported to the canyoning base where you’ll meet your guide and equip yourself with all of your necessary safety gear.
Take a picturesque road beneath the Swiss Alps’ Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountain ranges for a 10-minute journey to Wilderswil’s outskirts.
Arriving at the canyon entrance, you’ll put on your helmet, harness, and life jacket, and listen to a safety briefing before heading down the canyon. Use the skills you’ve acquired while abseiling (rappelling) 33 feet into the canyon and then plunging into the water below.
Clamber up and jump from ledges of 20 feet (6 meters) into raging white-water pools and slide through a series of chutes into plunge pools to experience the adrenaline rush of rafting.
Proceed to the final slide in the second canyon, where you can float down a natural channel, over several waterfalls, and into a quiet pool below at your own pace while the river takes you there.
You can relax knowing that your guides will be by your side the entire time, watching out for you and making sure you stay safe.
Take a short walk back to the bus after your canyoning run to return to the base, where you can buy a DVD of your videotaped canyoning adventure. After your 3.5-hour trip, you’ll be dropped off at your Interlaken hotel or train station for a well-deserved shower and a nice drink.
Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland had already gained notoriety for its stunning mountain landscape by the beginning of the 19th century. Travelers in these mountains have included well-known figures like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Felix Mendelssohn. As a tourist resort, Interlaken grew in popularity after the Bernese Oberland Railway opened in 1890 and the Jungfrau Railway opened in 1912.
Interlaken is a perfect starting point for several excursions because of its status as a popular vacation and convention place around the world. An extensive network of hiking routes and over 45 different types of mountain transportation connect over 200 kilometers of slopes. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are popular destinations for excursion cruises, some of which are ancient paddle steamers.