Aug 29, 2013 - 3:21 AM
Hi JR! The trails you selected are quite challenging, but if you're indeed in good shape and experienced with mountain hiking, you should be fine. I don't think that your suggestions are easy to plan in 3 days though.
- Grindelwald-Wengen: you'll pass Kleine Scheidegg on your way and splendid views are guaranteed. It's about 3,5 hours uphill and you'll pass the foot of the Eiger massif. Details are here. Kleine Scheidegg-Wengen is another 2 hours downhill;
- Wengen-Obersteinberg can be divided in several sections. First you'll descend over rather steep path to Lauterbrunnen in 1 to 1,5 hours. Then you'll have a flat 1 to 1,5 hour hike through the valley to Stechelberg, where your ascent to Obersteinberg (2-3 hours) starts off.
- I'm not familiar with the trail Obersteinberg-Mürren. As far as I can tell it's not an easy route, but very scenic;
- if you want to plan Mürren to Kandersteg on your last day and still have to head for Geneva,that's too much for one day. Adding it to the same day as the Obersteinberg-Mürren leg wouldn't be possible either. Only Griesalp-Kandersteg takes about 8 hours and you'd still have to get from Mürren to Griesalp first.
Most huts will still be open by begin September. You can best search for information on the specific huts you've selected through SAC
If you find it difficult to plan, you may want to hike a few legs of one of the well marked national routes instead. Great information, including height profiles and overnight suggestions, is available at the Wanderland website. Consider leg 11, 12 and 13 of the Via Alpina
for example: three full days of challenging hiking and a 4th day to travel to Geneva. Mind that you'll be starting quite late on September 10 for your first leg
. You may want to take a shortcut by train to Kleine Scheidegg.
I hope this helps you out a bit. Have fun preparing!