Tour of the Jungfrau Region
A two-week trek in the Bernese Oberland
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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.
- late June to end of September with all facilities open July to August, but trails busier and prices higher; September is recommended
- fly in to Geneva, Zürich or Basle - there are popular resorts at Interlaken, Grindelwald, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.
- challenging mountain walking, but no technical skills needed, with several short exposed sections (most with fixed cable)
- Must See
- views 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 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.
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
Swiss maps are among the best in the world in terms of accuracy and artistic representation. The official Swiss mapping authority, the Bundesamt für Landestopographie, publishes three major series of sheets that cover the whole country at 1:100,000, 1:50,000 and 1:25,000, while the independent publisher, Kümmerly & Frey, has produced a series of walkers' maps at 1:60,000.
Whilst the greatest amount of detail will be found on the 1:25,000 sheets, the specific maps recommended for the Tour of the Jungfrau Region are either the K&F sheet entitled Jungfrau Region (number 18), or two sheets of the official Swiss survey at 1:50,000 – 254T Interlaken and 264T Jungfrau. These should be adequate for most walkers' needs.
On both the Kümmerly & Frey sheet and those of the Swiss survey major paths are highlighted, as are huts. However, as the TJR is not an officially recognised route as yet, you will need to refer to the maps in this book to identify the actual trails adopted for the trek.
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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.
'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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Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.View Articles and Books by Kev Reynolds
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