Hike Engelberg > Lauterbrunnen Cable Cars?

Hike Engelberg > Lauterbrunnen Cable Cars?

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briesimons
briesimons
2 posts
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May 7, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Hi,

My friend and I are aiming to hike the Engelberg to Lauterbrunnen stages of the Alpine Pass Route in July.

Day One: C8 Engelberg > Meiringen (may split it up and stay the night in Engstlenalp, as it is quite a long stage).

Day Two: C9 Meiringen > Grindelwald

Day Three: C10 Grindelwald > Lauterbrunnen

I am just wondering whether there are any cable cars or chair lifts available along these paths (open in July), which might help make the walk quicker/easier? Every time I look up cable cars, I just get taken to the Eurorail website, which has little information on where any of the cable cars are.

Many thanks,

Brie :)

Lucas
Lucas
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May 8, 2017 - 6:27 AM in reply to briesimons

Hi Briesimons and welcome to MySwissAlps!

I haven't been on the hike - but there is a good website with details that can help you here: https://activityworksh op.net/hiking/alpinepa ssroute/

You will come across trains and other forms of transport on your walk.

Lucas

Last modified on May 8, 2017 - 6:28 AM by Lucas
AlanPrice
AlanPrice
140 posts
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May 8, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Hi Briesimmons,

I did this walk about 20 years ago and there are a couple of cable ways that can speed things up.

The first would be the gondola from Engelberg to Truebsee, which is about halfway up Mt Titlis. The vertical difference is about 800 metres, so that will save you a lot of time. Next to the Truebsee Gondola is the Truebsee Hopper, which is a chair lift that runs in 3 stages down to Enstlenalp. Technically, it is a ski lift and may not run in the summer, however, when I was there it had snowed heavily for several days (in the middle of July) and the lift was operating to bring a large school party up from the other side and I managed to catch a ride in the opposite direction.

The hike out of Meiringen is a bit steep at the beginning. You can catch the historical cable train that runs up to the Reichenbach Falls and bypass the steepest part of this leg.

There are no cableways between the Reichenbach Falls and Grindelwald. There is a Post Bus on that route, but the walking is easy enough if you have enough time.

From Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen there are all sorts of options. The walk up to Kleine Scheidegg isn't very steep, but it is quite long, so if you want to speed up the process, you can take the train to Kleine Scheidegg, or the Gondola from Grund to Männlichen and walk down from there. If you are feeling particularly lazy, there is a cable car that runs from Männlichen to Wengen, which is about half way from KS to Lauterbrunnen.

This Youtube clip is a virtual tour I put together for a friend that covers most of your proposed walk.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Npea2RYD-g

HAve Fun!

Alan

rockoyster
rockoyster
928 posts
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May 8, 2017 - 7:17 AM in reply to AlanPrice

Wow Alan - Awesome video!

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
140 posts
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May 8, 2017 - 10:26 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks Rockoyster - glad you liked it.

This is another one I made. It's a bit jerky in places, but it gives a good sense of scale.

https://youtu.be/sZsp8dOx6MA

Cheers

Alan

rockoyster
rockoyster
928 posts
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May 8, 2017 - 10:43 PM in reply to AlanPrice

Love your work Andrew. The sheer scale of everything is amazing.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3760 posts
expert
May 9, 2017 - 1:09 AM in reply to briesimons

Hi Briesimons-

Perhaps a look at a couple of maps would help.

Mapsearch.CH is good for transport connections ( turn on 'Traffic" under "Points of Interest" then zoom in and mouse over the icons).

and, for exquisite detail, Swisstopo, which does show the altitudes:

map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&lang=en&bgLa yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swiss tlm3d-wanderwege&X=178815.17 &Y=659289.08&zoom=4

The total route can be found on this website, if you can figure out how to get to it. All sorts of info about relevant details.

map.wanderland.ch/?lang=de&route=all&bgLa yer=pk&resolution=50&X =650600&Y=172800&layer s=Wanderland

Clicking on a route seems to a viable approach...most of the time. Also, searching on the names of towns along the route.

Slowpoke

Last modified on May 9, 2017 - 1:17 AM by Slowpoke
briesimons
briesimons
2 posts
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May 19, 2017 - 9:09 PM in reply to AlanPrice

Thanks so much, this is great help!!

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