May 23, 2015 - 3:48 PM
in reply to Olga
Hi Olga -
MSra7.... is staying in Wengen.
Everyone is entitled to there own opinion, but if I were staying in Wengen, I would take the gondola lift at 0830 up to Männlichen, walk 1 1/2 hours downhill to Kleine Scheidegg arriving 1030 or earlier, and , then take the train up to JFJ. Plenty of places to have a cup of tea or coffee (your choice) at KS if you have to wait for a train. Also, plenty of slack in the schedule if you want to leave Wengen a bit later. I would ask at my hotel about how crowded the trains are up to JFJ. In October, i would not expect much problem. Do you have an opinion on that?
On the return from JFJ, after reaching KS, I would ride to Wengen. I personally would not walk down. It is downhill quite a lot, and can be hard on your knees and legs if you are not in shape. We had that trouble the first time we walked it, and di not consider it a scenic enough walk to repeat it.
The reason I would not walk from KS to Männlichen is that you either stop and turn around a lot, or you miss the overwhelming views of the Eiger Nordwand. Also, a 150 meter climb, ending at 2239 meters above sea level, may be a bit tiring in the thin air. Not really a problem for most people, especially if the are not as old as I am. ;-) . But, noticeable for some.
Although I am not a fan of Rick Steve's, he does get a lot of things right. He says walk from Männlichen to KS. He's right on that one.
The simple answer is to walk first (M->KS) then ride (KS to JFJ) afterwards.
Do you have any reasons that you would not do it in that order?
Last modified on May 23, 2015 - 3:48 PM by Slowpoke