Hike Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen in April?

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Jason Lau
Jason Lau
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Mar 15, 2019 - 8:22 AM

Hi all. I am visiting Switzerland in late April.

I wonder whether it is okay to do hiking from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlich as I heard that some trails may be closed in some areas.

Besides, as cable cars/funiculars from Männlich to Wengen are closed in April, I wonder whether I can hike down to Wengen from Männlich?


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Mar 16, 2019 - 1:42 AM in reply to Jason Lau

I don't recommend high altitude walking in April.

April is the 'awkward' month in the Swiss alps as the snow is on its way out but the summer green has not arrived.

I once tried to follow a 'Winterwanderweg' in April and it was not great fun as there was a huge variation - mixture of slush, deep wet snow, puddles of melted snow, mud etc at different points along the way Some parts were dangerously slippery - other were dry as a bone.

As such you are in between the season when there are official winter paths with cleared snow and dray summer paths through the meadows.

Last modified on Mar 16, 2019 - 1:43 AM by 1960man
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Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Hi Jason

According to the Jungfrau website, winter hiking trails including Mannlichen to KS are maintained from the first of December until the end of March. So i would expect 1960man’s description of the trail to be typical for April but if you try the very first of April it might still be passable.


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Mar 16, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Hi Jason,

My experience with hiking in between seasons is to always check with a combination of the local tourist office / webcams and weather forecast, in order to avoid issues like those 1960man is describing.

The higher up you go the riskier it is that there will be snow/slush/mud or a combination around that time of the year. Perhaps it is best to map a few hikes in your area of interest and then check when you arrive there?

We have a hiking guide here where you can search hikes by area and level of difficulty: www.myswissalps.com/hi king

Hope this helps!!


Jason Lau
Jason Lau
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Mar 17, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Thanks for everyone's practical advice.

I think I will go for some hiking trails at lower altitude.

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