Mar 31, 2011 - 6:11 PM
Sorry for the tardiness.
You should plan on not being able to go over any passes higher than 2,000 meters, and there may be snow even at that level. So 7 or 8 passes along Via Alpina that won't be crossable unless some sort of weather miracle occurs (like one that has never happened before).
- Elm was a real delight, wouldn't mind staying there for a few nights and doing hikes in the area.
- Engleberg also was great, the little town had definitely improved since the 5 years it had been since we were there previously. Another area you can stay a couple days and do day hikes.
- Meiringen to Grindelwald is one of the all-time classic hikes. DO NOT MISS lunch at The Rosenlaui http://www.rosenlaui.ch/essen/en.php. You *may* be able to get over the Grosse Scheidegg. If not, you can catch a bus just below the summit and take that into Grindelwald.
- Of course, the Sefinenfurgge and Hohtürli are the classic passes but no way they will be open in may. Griesalp (the place you stay between these two passes) is totally charming, but time-consuming to get to via public transport.
- Kandersteg to Adelboden is a great hike but, again, you won't be able to get over the Bunderchrinde.
So, you really need a back up plan. How many days have you allocated to this?