Two full days based in Lauterbrunnen for hikes

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G Witt
G Witt
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Oct 1, 2017 - 6:38 PM

We will be based in Lauterbrunnen for three nights (F/S/S in mid-October). We will have two full days to explore and hike. Depending on the weather conditions, want to visit and hike the Jungfaujoch and/or Schilthorn sides of the valley or explore the sites/trails in the valley itself . From that base and an early start is there ample time in a day to ascend to the top and allow for a decent hike along the way up or down? Sounds like the Schilthorn side is less expensive; we will have STP; can we purchase the other needed tickets at the train station? Any suggestions and information are appreciated. This website and forum provide amazing assistance for first time travelers to the Alps! Thanks to all who manage and participate!

Lucas
Lucas
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Oct 2, 2017 - 6:47 AM in reply to G Witt

Hi G Witt,

Yes you do have time in one day for most hikes in the area of Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn.

For a list of hikes available in the Jungfrau region click here. The first suggestions are attractions, scroll down to see regional hike suggestions - there are many options for you to look at depending on skill level, preferred duration etc.

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nmhamel
nmhamel
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Oct 2, 2017 - 9:16 PM

We were just there last week and really enjoyed the hike from Grutschalp to Murren and then to Gimmelwald and then took the cable car back down to Stechelberg. We parked the car at the Schilthorn parking lot at the end of the Valley and then walked the valley back to Lauterbrunnen center and got the cable car in Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp and then walked to Murren and Gimmelwald and then took the cable car back down to where the car was parked. If you don't have a car you can start from Lauterbrunnen center and take cable car up to Grutschalp and then do the hike and then cable car down to Stechelberg and walk back through the valley. The cost up was 9 CHF and down was 6CHF, so a nice cheap walk with beautiful scenery.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Oct 2, 2017 - 10:07 PM in reply to G Witt

Hi G Witt -

My very favorite hike in the region is the favorite of many others:

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/maennlichen-kleinescheidegg

The scenery is terrific, and it's easy, too. ;-)

Easy walk, (so easy that it is nicknamed "The Grannies' Walk" ),but you'll stop a lot to look, and even more if you bring a camera. So, it can be a lot slower than you might expect from the distance and the terrain. It does require a clear day, and is absolutely better to walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. The approach to the Eiger is quite an experience. Toward the end it towers over you. If you walk uphill from KS to Männlichen,, you miss that psychological effect, and have to keep turning around to look.

If you take the cableway up from Wengen, you can turn to the left as you get off and go up to the "Gipfel" (the summit) for a scenic but strenuous short climb, before you return to undertake the main hike. Or, you can turn to the right, walk to or past the restaurant, past Tschuggen, and and onwards to Kleine Scheidegg.

A couple of the attached pictures, taken in the days of film, show just how tiny hikers are, compared to the Eiger. One shows the whole scene, the other (a crop) shows the hikers, who can just barely be discerned in the full image.

October 22nd is the last day that the Wengen-Männlichen cableway runs

until it reopens for the Winter season in mid-November ( weekends only)

and then everyday from December 9th for the ski season.

Slowpoke

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Mark
Mark
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Oct 2, 2017 - 11:00 PM

You didn’t specify how long or hard of a hike you wanted. The Mannlichen to KC is iconic. Also wide, easy and fairly level. My favorite views are the section from Bachalpsee to Waldspitz or the cliff walk on Schynige Platte. Of course this is a very personal and subjective opinion Your choices will likely be limited by the weather and amount of snow during your stay. Honestly all the views from Gross Scheidegg to Mannlichen or Eigergletcher to First are Gorgeous. Mark

G Witt
G Witt
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Oct 3, 2017 - 1:50 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas, very helpful.

rockoyster
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Oct 3, 2017 - 2:08 AM in reply to G Witt
Mark
Mark
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Oct 3, 2017 - 2:53 AM

Looks like fun if your not afraid of heights but probably not for a 64 year old. I have walked in Lauderbrunnen valley when base jumpers pop there chutes only a few feet above the ground. That seemed a bit extreme to me. It sounded like they were about to land on our heads. Mark

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