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Jul 22, 2014 - 10:42 PM

Good Day Arno & Annika,

I am confused regarding severity of high altitude sickness on a baby.

How long will it take to reach the top?

How long do we actually spend on Mt. Jungfrau for a day trip?

How many hours is safe for baby to spend on the peak?

What are the precautions to be taken to avoid any mishaps?

Kindly suggest other Mt. safe for infant?

Thank you !


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Jul 23, 2014 - 8:57 AM in reply to eva

Hi Eva,

we have recently visited the Jungfraujoch and therefore thought of replying to your queries.

Jungfraujoch is the gap or the saddle between the two mountain peaks Mönch and Jungfrau. It's at an elevation of 3466 m. It's an amazing place.

As with any high altitude place you need to take some precautions, especially when you are travelling with a baby.

We had no problem whatsoever except getting suntanned as we didn't apply sufficient sunscreen lotion.

Assuming that you will visit in summer and on a clear, sunny day, please note that it can be hot or very hot on the top. Try covering your exposed body parts with some light clothing as the sun rays kind of burns the skin. Wear caps and hats. You must wear sunglasses, even your baby should, otherwise the reflection of sunlight on the white snow will dazzle your eyes. Please take it easy to walk around and not run around as that might make you feel dizzy. Try holding your baby's hand all the time and if you can please wear walking boots and not runners which will be easy for walking around in the snow along with a foldable walking stick, although we wore runners only and didn't have any stick, we still had no problem. It's a safe and a mixture of plain and sloping glacial land.

We did sledging and had lot of fun :-). My son also did the snow mobile. There are many options of skiing, zip lining and something more. Please make sure to drink water every now and then, even before feeling thirsty to avoid dehydration. You should still carry some light winter clothing just in case.

It took us around 2 hours(don't exactly remember) from Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg via Grindelwald and then from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfrau. We had spent almost 3 to 4 hours there including visiting the ice sculptures in the ice palace adjacent to the train station.

Have a great vacation.

Kind regards,


Last modified on Jul 23, 2014 - 9:41 AM by Beauty
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Jul 23, 2014 - 1:28 PM
Hi. Pressurized aircraft are pressured to 10,000 ft normally and the Jungfrau station is about 11,000 ft so there's not a lot of difference. If you have traveled any great distance with your child in an aircraft, and not experienced any signs of distress, then they should be OK. Yes, plenty of fluids and high factor sunscreen and UV sunglasses, and take care when walking on the ice or snow. If you have a 'papoose' type carrier, where you can keep hands free to use walking sticks, that would be ideal. Make sure you go on a clear day. It's an expensive trip to find you are in the middle of thick cloud at the top!


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