Napf ridge walk trail help & how best to get there

Napf ridge walk trail help & how best to get there

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Jaydee
Jaydee
3 posts
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May 15, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Greetings!

I am looking for help verifying the logistics of doing the Napf ridge walk trail hike relying on public transportation. From my research, I understand that the trail runs from Luderenalp to Mettlenap. I understand that the 204 bus runs between Mettlenap and Trubschachen a couple of times on Saturday and Sunday. On the other end of the itinerary, there is a another bus, 285 that runs between Langnau and Luderenalp. Thus it looks like one could leave Langnau on bus and get to Luderenalp as early as 8:30 to begin the hike, which is about 4 hrs in length. From Mettlenap, the afternoon departure is around 4 pm or 16:00.

A follow up question I have is how do people do this trail on days other than Saturday and Sunday? (Even with a car, which I don't plan to have, it seems like you would be stranded on one end or the other.)

Second follow up question: I would love to see a sunset on these vistas. In fact, this is one of the reasons I am not satisfied with my research thus far (because I can't stay a night in the Napf due to leaving Switzerland on Sunday). Any recommendations on places to stop once one has made the Trubschachen connection to return back to main transportation links?

Final follow up: I am faced with the choice of doing this trip or doing a quick trip to Wengen. I have old family roots in the Emmental and just kind of want to experience it so I am leaning toward doing this trip. Also, Wengen seems expensive and like a gamble weatherwise. I am going at the very beginning of June. I will keep an eye on the weather for both places as it gets closer.

Thank you in advance for any advice/reflections you might share!

jay

Lucas
Lucas
8820 posts
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moderator
May 17, 2018 - 3:34 PM in reply to Jaydee

Hi Jay,

Yes this is definately a tricky destination to reach. There is the Hotel Napf (http//:www.hotelnapf.c h) you could stop at if you go.

For the limited time Wengen is a much easier choice.

Jaydee
Jaydee
3 posts
new member
May 18, 2018 - 5:50 AM

Thanks for sharing the link, Lucas!

Indeed, the Wengen trip seems more straightforward and if the weather is right I am sure I would be amazed by it!

Here are a few links that describe the Saturday/Sunday bus routes: Langnau to Ludernalp and Langnau to Mettlenalp

emmental.ch/en/eventma nager/page/wanderung-hoehenroute-napf/action/offerShow/ Offer/ (the details are in German but Google translate translates the page well).

www.rome2rio.com/map/L angnau/L%C3%BCderenalp

www.rome2rio.com/map/L angnau/Mettlenalp

Best wishes,

Jaydee

Jaydee
Jaydee
3 posts
new member
May 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

I should probably make it clear that I am inviting any comments on the trails I mentioned here with this post. I realize the the rail forum is a better place to inquire about the transportation part of it. I had a hard time deciding which place to post.

Best wishes,

Jaydee

Lucas
Lucas
8820 posts
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moderator
May 18, 2018 - 4:16 PM in reply to Jaydee

No worries Jaydee - I'm not sure how much luck you'll have on finding more details from other members (a rare thing here!) but we'll keep the thread open of course. fingers crossed.

It isn't uncommon for buses to not operate year-round on some areas (usually due to snow closing the roads but could be from lack of demand).

Last modified on May 18, 2018 - 4:18 PM by Lucas

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