Tour of the Jungfrau Region
10 days trekking in the Bernese Oberland
By Kev Reynolds
The Tour of the Jungfrau Region is described as a clockwise circuit of 111km beginning at Schynige Platte and ending at Wilderswil. It is broken into 10 stages (with alternatives offered), through the Bernese Oberland under the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau. With spectacular mountain views, glaciers, lakes and ridges, it is a classic walk.
Seasonslate June to end of September with all facilities open July to August, but trails busier and prices higher; September is recommended
Centresfly in to Geneva, Zürich or Basle - there are popular resorts at Interlaken, Grindelwald, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.
Difficultychallenging mountain walking, but no technical skills needed, with several short exposed sections (most with fixed cable)
Must Seeviews of famous Alpine peaks such as: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau; the Lauterbrunnen Valley; the Jungrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site; glaciers such as Eigergletscher and waterfalls such as the Trümmelbach Falls; also alpine flowers.
The Tour of the Jungfrau Region is described as a clockwise hut-to-hut circuit, beginning at Schynige Platte and ending at Wilderswil, broken into 10 stages (with a number of alternatives offered). The 111km trek takes you in a horseshoe loop through the Bernese Oberland's most spectacular mountain scenery, in the shadow of such iconic peaks as Wetterhorn, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. In a journey of 9 to 10 days the Tour visits pastures, ridges, summits and passes, skirts exquisite mountain lakes and gazes on waterfalls, gorges and glaciers. Accommodation is both plentiful and atmospheric, and the route has lots of bad-weather alternatives.
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
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'Cicerone Press and Kev Reynolds have found a winning format that must surely entice walkers into Alpine territory.
The Tour of the Jungfrau region does what it says. The walker is immediately uplifted into higher altitudes and commences a circuitous route with spectacular views of the Alpine giants. It’s a busy area but Kev’s latest edition suggests options to visit remoter terrain.
The public transport system works faultlessly. Double-deckers trains, numerous rack railways and an abundance of cable cars provide the walker with possibilities to rest tired legs! Avoid the busy and expensive Junfraujoch but do visit the revolving restaurant on the summit of the Shilthorn and enjoy the cinema showing part of the James Bond movie that was filmed on the mountain!’
(Strider - LDWA, December 2009)
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A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.
Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.