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A guidebook to the Tour of the Jungfrau Region, a 111km trek from Schynige Platte to Wilderswil in 9-12 days through the Bernese Oberland under the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau, exploring both well-known and hidden valleys, surrounded by soaring peaks, glaciers, lakes and ridges. A good first Alpine trek with plenty of bad-weather alternatives.
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The Tour of the Jungfrau Region is fast becoming one of the classic walks of Europe. During this 9-12 day trek, walkers travel amongst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in all of the Swiss Alps. It visits pastures, ridges, summits and passes, skirts exquisite mountain lakes, and gazes on waterfalls, gorges and glaciers – all in the shadow of such iconic peaks as Wetterhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The Tour of the Jungfrau Region is described as a clockwise circuit, beginning at Schynige Platte and ending at Wilderswil, and is broken into 10 stages (with a number of alternatives offered), each of which equates to a day’s walking of uneven length. It makes a journey of around 111km through this area, in constant admiration of mountain and valley, of lake, river and feathery cascade. By choosing the most scenic trails and some of the most atmospheric places for an overnight stay, it has all the ingredients to ensure a memorable nine or twelve day trek. On most stages it’s possible to take an alternative route should the weather or conditions on the mountains suggest it would be unwise to follow the standard itinerary. These alternative options are described where they occur within the main route text.
Although the route described in this guidebook makes a journey through one of Europe’s most challenging mountain districts, no technical skills are demanded of the trekker tackling the Tour of the Jungfrau Region. However, there are several short exposed sections (mostly safeguarded with a fixed cable handrail), and a few places where metal rungs or ladders aid the ascent or descent of a rock slab or, as on the ascent of the Schilthorn, a steep section of ridge. Apart from these, the trails are mostly straightforward and well maintained, but if wet from rain or snowmelt or skimmed with a glaze of ice, there could be some potentially dangerous sections that demand extra care.
Please note that neither refreshments nor accommodation are available any longer at Busenalp on Stage 7 (page 99 of the 2nd edition - 2012 reprint) of the TJR.
The Guest House at Eigergletscher is now closed. The next opportunity is on the Kleine Scheidegg www.bahnhof-scheidegg.ch
Please note that Berghaus Des Alpes at Alpiglen, used on Stage 3, has changed its name to BERGHAUS ALPIGLEN - all other details remain the same.
|How to Get There|
|When to Go|
|Notes for Walkers|
|Safety in the Mountains|
|Wildlife and Alpine Flowers|
|Using the Guide|
|1 Schynige Platte to Stechelberg|
|Stage 1 Schynige Platte to First|
|Stage 2 First to Hotel Wetterhorn|
|Alternative Stage 2 First to Hotel Wetterhorn via the Gleckstein Hut|
|Stage 3 Hotel Wetterhorn to Alpiglen|
|Alternative Stage 3 Hotel Wetterhorn to Berghaus Bäregg|
|Stage 4 Alpiglen to Kleine Scheidegg/Grindelwaldblick|
|Stage 5 Kleine Scheidegg/Grindelwaldblick to Stechelberg|
|Part 2 Stechelberg to Wilderswil|
|Stage 6 Stechelberg to Obersteinberg|
|Alternative Stage 6 Stechelberg to Obersteinberg (direct route)|
|Stage 7 Obersteinberg to the Rotstock Hut|
|Stage 8 Rotstock Hut to the Blumental|
|Stage 9 Blumental to the Suls-Lobhorn Hut|
|Stage 10 Suls-Lobhorn Hut to Wilderswil|
|Appendix A Useful Addresses|
|Appendix B Accommodation Directory|
|Appendix C Language Primer|
|Appendix D Bibliography|
The view from Schynige Platte is one of the finest in all the Alps, with the ice-crested wall of the Bernese Alps spread out for inspection as your attention is inevitably drawn to the south. From left to right this wall comprises the Wellhorn, Wetterhorn, Bärglistock, Schreckhorn, Lauteraarhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Fiescherhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Ebnefluh, Mittaghorn, Grosshorn, Breithorn, Tschingelhorn, Gspal tenhorn, Blüemlisalp and Doldenhorn; as grand a collection of mountains as you could wish to lay eyes upon. Glaciers and snowfields glisten among the peaks, while the deep U-shaped Lauterbrunnen Valley forms a trench between Jungfrau and Gspaltenhorn, and the middle ground is fussed with green hills, bare slabs and black shadowed pines.
Much of this backdrop forms part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, the first in the Alps to be granted this status, in recognition of the extraordinary beauty of its landscape.
The Tour of the Jungfrau Region (TJR) makes a journey of around 111km through this area, in a constant adoration of mountain and valley, of lake, river and feathery cascade. And by choosing the most scenic trails and some of the most atmospheric places for an overnight stay, it has all the ingredients to ensure a memorable nine or ten-day trek.
With such an array of iconic mountains as a background, it is no surprise that the Jungfrau Region counts among the most popular of any in the Alps. Since the birth of Alpine tourism in the 18th century, Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and Mürren have been attracting visitors summer after summer to gaze on this backdrop, to climb its summits or to wander its trails. Over the decades hundreds of kilometres of new footpaths have been created, to join the timeless trails previously known only to local farmers, hunters, traders and crystal gatherers.
To service increasing numbers of visitors, hotels of all grades of luxury have added a kind of sophistication to the busiest of resorts, while more modest (but by no means less welcoming) inns, gasthofs and berghotels continue to provide accommodation and refreshment, often in remote and idyllic locations. Add to these the mountain huts and simple matratzenlagers (dormitories) created to meet the demands of the outdoor fraternity, and it will be clear that the region has a lot going for it!