Feb 2, 2019 - 6:49 AM
The next day dawned clear and sunny so I thought this would be a good day for the Jungfraujoch. The webcam showed perfect weather up there so we got ready quickly and were at the station by around 9am. I paid out a fortune for the tickets, even with the 25% discount, and we were off.
The train from Kleine Scheidegg was pretty crowded but we got seats okay. On the way up I felt the first signs of altitude sickness begin. I started to feel as if I couldn’t breathe properly which made me anxious. After alighting from the train we immediately took the lift up to the viewing platform where we took many photos of the amazing views.
At one stage I couldn’t find G so went down some stairs to look for him. Coming back up the stairs I started to feel really breathless and faint and had to quickly find a seat. I googled “altitude sickness” on my phone and read that I shouldn’t walk up stairs and should drink some water and eat some carbohydrate. I did that and felt much better.
G went for a walk on the glacier while I rested in a deck chair overlooking it. We walked around the rest of the area up there and then felt we’d seen enough and got the next train down to KS. It wasn’t nearly as crowded as the earlier train as I think most people probably stayed up there longer than we did.
G was really thrilled with our trip to the Top of Europe while I was glad to have seen what I’d read about, but do think it’s overly expensive. The view of the Aletsch Glacier is stunning, however, and just knowing that we were 3572 metres above sea level was amazing as I’ve never been up that high before. I probably would have enjoyed it more without altitude sickness.
Day 5: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/trip-report-september-2018-day-5-the-schilthorn