First (Grindelwald) to Bachsee November 20

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jwu92
jwu92
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Oct 13, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Hi,

I am interested in going to Bachsee on November 20. As I understand it, there is no gondola available from Grindelwald to First at this time. Is it possible to hike from Grindelwald to First and then to Bachsee or are the hiking trails closed as well?

Snowman
Snowman
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Oct 13, 2019 - 8:56 PM in reply to jwu92

Hi jwu92 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Congratulations for wanting to visit Switzerland in November. It is probably the month with the least amount of other tourists. The backside is that many cablecars and gondolas are indeed closed for maintenance.

Trails are never "closed" as such, unless something dangerous is being feared or has happened (landslide, forestry works and the like). Hikers use trails at their own risk, and nobody monitors the hiking trails (unlike many, but not all, skiing trails where there is a ski patrol). Nobody will prevent you from using any trail. On November 20 there is a chance of a thin layer of snow around First and Bachsee. If you are well trained, have good boots, warm clothes, and other equipment such as a thermos bottle, nobody will prevent you from doing the planned hike. Going up and down from Grindelwald will require the entire daylight time of the day. If you are not well trained or if the weather is bad, do something else. And don't go alone.

Have a great time!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
6869 posts
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Oct 14, 2019 - 1:29 AM in reply to jwu92

Hi juw92 -

Snowman has politely and clearly explained the situation.

I'll add that the climb from Grindelwald, at approximately 1000 meters altitude, to Bachalpsee at 2266 meters, is strenuous. We have posters in the Forum who can do that; I certainly can not. It does require good physical fitness and being in condition for hiking at high altitude.

If you feel that you have those admirable characteristics, go for it!

This topo map will help you with the details:

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Slowpoke

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