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May 24, 2016 - 7:05 PM

My wife and I are planning a trip in early June, and would like opinions on if a couple of passes will be passable. My concerns are Surenenpass (2289m) and Jochpass (2208m). Will these passes by safe the first week of June?

We're experienced hikers planning to bring light snow gear (microspikes, trekking poles, gaiters) but not snowshoes. Hiking in knee deep snow for a couple km is no problem, hiking in chest deep for several km is a problem.

Here is our rough itinerary:

04JUN: start Altdorf UR, cable car Attinghausen to Brüsti, cross Surenenpass to Spannorthütte SAC (~6 km east of Engelberg)

05JUN: Hike Spannorthütte SAC to Engstlenalp. (cable cars not running)

06JUN: Hike Engstlenalp to Meiringen (via Planplatten if possible, otherwise along the Gental)

07JUN: Hike Meiringen to Grindelwald

08JUN: Hike Grindelwald to Lobhornhütte (~3km NW of Lauterbrunnen)

Thanks you for any opinions-

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May 25, 2016 - 12:05 AM in reply to cwhit

Hi Cwhit -

I have no personal experience, but that does not stop me from having opinions. In normal years, you would likely be about one to two weeks early for that altitude. . Late June is a lot more predictable.

It snowed in Zermatt in the last couple of days...


Last modified on May 25, 2016 - 12:06 AM by Slowpoke
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May 25, 2016 - 5:45 AM

Hi cwhit, welcome to MySwissAlps!

Early June is when huts start to open; this applies to the Spannorthütte as well. The exact dates depend on the trail conditions. You'd best check with the tourist office when you're there. They have the latest updates. My guess is that you're too early this year. Planplatten for example, is still snow covered. Not an occasional patch of snow but quite a thick layer. That's more than you'd like to walk in as it's difficult to navigate and slippery.

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