Apr 18, 2017 - 5:55 PM
Can anyone comment on our four night five day hiking itinerary below? We are a fit brother and sister late 40's and 50's traveling with our kids for some hiking and Swiss Alps experience. Our kids are hardy as are we and we are runners and climbers. We are arriving from Chicago and Toronto to Geneva.
August 23rd – Arrive Geneva train to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Do the waterfall walk and then take cable car up to Murren for our fist night at The Eiger Guest House.
August 24th - Hike from Murren to Gspaltenhornhutte via the Siffenenfurgee Pass (2612 Meters). We'll plan to stop at Rotstckhutte (2039 meters) by noon and have lunch then continue on to reach Gspaltenhornhutte by 5pm where we’ll sleep for the night. Total hiking time: about 5 to 5.5 hours. I’m told we should plan to make a detour to Schiltap, a cheesemaker's settlement where we can get snacks coming out of Murren. I’m unsure of whether the kids will be okay on this route given a few blogs I’ve read about the Siffenenfurgee Pass itself so we have an alternate plan hiking from Murren to Obersteinbreg and staying at the Obersteinberg Mountain Hotel. I'm told the route is from Murren to Obersteinberg via Gimmelwald and Tanzbodeli is about 4 hours.
August 25th: Gspaltenhornhutte to Oeschinensee. Our plan will be to stop at Blüemlisalphütte for lunch and rest to break this section up. The morning of August 26th we can then descend to Kandersteg via cable car and take the train to our next spot to hike by noon.
August 26th - We have several options below.
Do we take the train to Zermat today and plan some hiking and stay in the shadow of the Matterhorn? Is this too far and/or not really that different than the area we’re already in?
Take the train in Kandersteg to Grindelwald (1.5 hours) and then do the hike to the Eigeralp Farm (4 hours) for an overnight? This puts us in close proximity to First and I’ve heard the cliff walk at First is really neat so should we definitely plan to do this?
Take the train to Stechelberg and hike up to The Obersteinberg (Candle light hotel) (Takes about 2.5 hours) and stay here for the night. Are there hot showers here? If not, is there another option someone can suggest where we will have a hot shower?
August 27th - Plan to make our way to Geneva departing around 10ish do non-hiking activities along the way or go right to Geneva and do some sight seeing there.
Lastly, do you think we should do the Jungfrau somewhere in here? It is quite expensive. What about the Via Ferrata? Did I miss anything?
Thanks in advance for any input!