Feb 21, 2013 - 7:47 PM
I need some help with my upcoming hiking trip. Last summer, my wife and I had a fantastic, self-planned, inn-to-inn hiking trip in the Bernese Oberland where we started in Meiringen and went on successive days to Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren, Griesalp and finished in Kandersteg. We loved it. This summer I am going back (with the buddies this time) and am trying to figure out where we should go from here. I would like to somehow tie into my existing route. This trip will also be 5 days of hiking. I want challenging hikes in high mountains, similar to the last trip. Here are 3 options I am considering.
1. continuing on from Kandersteg and ending up at Montreux at the French border. I'm a little worried that this won't measure up to last years trip for challenge, heights and scenery. Please give me your input.
2. starting somewhere in Eastern Switzerland on the Alpine Pass Route (via Alpina) and stringing together 5 days and ending up in Meiringen. Also worried this won't measure up.
3. This is what I really want to do :-) I want to start in Kandersteg, go across the Gemmi Pass to Leukerbad. Somehow hike from Leukerbad to Gruben (probably need 2 days to do this, need a good intermediate stopover) to St. Niklaus to Zermatt. I think this sounds the most thrilling and challenging but I can't find any place on the internet where people are going from Leukerbad by foot and then connecting with the Haute Route ending (probably near St. Luc?). Is this possible? Any suggestions?
I hope I haven't been too confusing. I guess what I am wanting to know are 2 things. 1. Are options 1 and 2 too boring and easy? 2. Is there a fun way (by foot) to go from Leukerbad and tie into the Haute Route?
I look forward to hearing from everyone!