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hugheskb
hugheskb
5 posts
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Oct 10, 2018 - 1:52 PM

We are a US family of 4 , with 12 and 15 year old kids, fit and active, looking at a stay in Wegnen next summer. Planning middle/later August. We would really love to do up to 4 nights on a hut to hut hike, but also see the allure of setting up base in Wegnen and doing day hikes since there seem to be so many good ones. I know this is the lodging thread-- but if anyone wants to jump on this question of day vs multi-day from Wegnen, or, ideally, doing a little of both, I'd appreciate any opinions.

My lodging question: we need to be somewhat flexible relative to weather for any hut-hut adventures. Do we have to book 5-7 days in a rental or hotel and then essentially not be there for a few nights if we get out to the huts? Or will the rental/hotel availability be such that we can book certain nights and adjust last minute as needed if we can do a hut trip?

Finally, I know we are going to be high season. We have no choice. But is the third week in August (12-19) any crazier than the 4th (19-25).

Thanks much.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
7567 posts
expert
Oct 10, 2018 - 11:15 PM in reply to hugheskb

Hi ugh-

Welcome to My Swiss Alps-

I'm afraid that I cannot personally help you with your questions, but I do suggest that you spell the name of the town as "Wengen"

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

Slowpoke

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
233 posts
active member
Oct 11, 2018 - 12:35 AM

Hi,

The Swiss huts tend to be a bit higher than in other places and cater more for climbers a nd high touring than hikers. That said, it is possible to do through-hikes, but unless you are going with a group or guide, you may need a bit of Alpine experience, depending on the route you want to do.

Whether to book an apartment or not is a hard question to answer. Personally, I prefer to base myself in one place and do day trips, but that's probably just creeping old age demanding the comfort of a hot shower and my own bed at the end of the day. It is possible to do some day or even overnight hikes to some of the most spectacular huts in the Alps from a single base.

For day trips I recommend the Berghaus Bäregg which is above the Grindelwald Unterergletscher. It's a fairly straightforward walk and an excellent lunch destination.

baeregg.com/

The Mönchsjochhütte, which you reach from the Jungfraujoch, is the highest hut in Switzerland.

www.moenchsjoch.ch/en

and the Glecksteinhütte which can be both a day and overnight destination. If you go at the right time of day you get to encounter Steinbocks

www.gleckstein.ch/

For a 2 day hike, I've always wanted to walk down the Aletschgletscher and stay overnight at the Konkordiahütte. This is a guided group walk along the longest glacier in Switzerland and looks pretty spectacular. I'm don't know the guide in the link I'm posting, but the site gives you a good idea of the experience

www.explore-share.com/trip/aletsch -glacier-2-day-hike-guide/

And finally, this interactive map shows you most of the SAC huts. You can filter the results by your prefered activity. It's in German, but there's always Google Translate.

www.sac-cas.ch/de/huetten-und-touren/tourenportal/

Hope this helps

Have fun

Alan

hugheskb
hugheskb
5 posts
new member
Oct 11, 2018 - 2:06 AM in reply to Slowpoke

My apologies for the misspelling. And thanks for the link. I had already found that after reading many different threads on this site.

Hugheskb

Last modified on Oct 11, 2018 - 2:11 AM by hugheskb
Arno
Arno
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Oct 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Hi Hugheskb,

Not booking accommodation until the last minute in Wengen in high season seems tricky to me. I won't say it's impossible, but it could become expensive if everything affordable is already booked. On a positive note, you're not restricted to Wengen for your plans. You can easily stay in other nearby towns as well. They're popular in summer too, but at least you'll have more choice: Grindelwald, Murren, Lauterbrunnen.

Another option is to book, and cancel for free if needed - within the accepted time frame. Many hotels allow free cancellation, but often only until a few weeks before arrival. I think the Regina allows free cancellation one week before arrival, but be sure to double check: https://www.hotelscomb ined.com/Hotel/Hotel_R egina_Lauterbrunnen.ht m.

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Last modified on May 10, 2021 - 8:53 AM by Arno
hugheskb
hugheskb
5 posts
new member
Oct 12, 2018 - 6:58 PM in reply to AlanPrice

Thank you, Alan and Arno. Very helpful information. I will post on activities thread to try to learn more about the wisdom of trying to do huts in Switzerland. We are physically capable, but not inclined to take stupid risks, and not experienced climbers or mountaineers. Thanks again.

Best,

Kathleen

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