Gemmi Pass is a high mountain pass across the Bernese Alps connecting Leukerbad (on the south) in the canton of Valais with Kandersteg (on the north) in the canton of Bern. The pass itself lies within the canton of Valais, at a height of 2,270 metres above sea level. The main trail reaches 2,322 metres.
|Elevation||2,270 m (7,448 ft)|
Location in Switzerland
The pass is mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes story The Final Problem. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson cross the pass on their way to Meiringen, where Sherlock Holmes has his famous meeting with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.
The pass is described by Guy de Maupassant in his short-story L'Auberge.
Although the pass cannot be traversed by road, it is still directly accessible by cablecar from Leukerbad. Alternatively, the pass can be reached by a two-hour dramatic hike on foot.
From Kandersteg a cable car gives access to the Sunnbüel area (1,934 m), 10 km north of the pass, allowing hikers to cross the pass on a wide and easy trail.
The trail over the Gemmi Pass is very popular with hikers both in summer and in winter.
- Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps
- Daniel Anker, Berner Oberland, Rother Wanderbuch, p. 61
- French text consultable under http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Horla_(recueil)/L%E2%80%99Auberge
Coolidge, William Augustus Brevoort (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica. 11 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.. In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.).