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We booked a self-guided hiking trip in Switzerland with Alpenwild and loved every minute of it. They were very knowledgeable and easy to work with, paying attention to what we wanted to do and what level of hiking we were looking for. Different options were offered for hiking each day, with tips and advice that was always helpful. The hotels they booked for us were family-run and excellent. Everything unfolded smoothly with no surprises - a truly fabulous vacation. - C.R., Vancouver B.C.
Lauterbrunnen is set in the world’s most spectacular glacial valley, ringed by 72 gushing waterfalls. You’ll stay near the base of Staubbach Falls—the highest in Switzerland—dropping over 1000 feet. You should have time for an afternoon visit to Trümmelbach Falls, where torrents of water have created a series of caves and underground waterfalls.
From Lauterbrunnen you will travel to Stechelberg where you’ll follow a mountain trail to the remote Berghotel Obersteinberg framing postcard views of Schmadri Falls and the scenic head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. In the afternoon you can take an additional hike up to the upper glacial bowl of Oberhornsee with more breathtaking views of the Jungfrau region, before returning to Obersteinberg.
You can choose from one of three options descending from Obersteinberg to the captivating village of Gimmelwald, perched above the Lauterbrunnental. Then it's on to the car-free village of Mürren before heading back to our inn in the Lauterbrunnen valley
The Jungfrau railway takes you through Wengen and on to the alpine crossroads of Kleine Scheidegg at the base of the Eiger. From here a dramatic cog-wheel climb takes you into a tunnel through the Eiger to ascend to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe and overlooking the longest glacier in the Alps. You can descend to Grindelwald along the Eiger interpretive trail.
This morning you can take the Pfingstegg tram above Grindelwald before hiking along a beautifully landscaped footpath leading along the base of the Mättenberg mountain that sits high above the gorge of the lower Grindelwald glacier. Continue along this trail to a remote mountain hotel with commanding views of the area, making this a beautiful location for lunch. You can even opt to take a ride on the Alpine Coaster before returning to Grindelwald by tram or on foot.
Take the cable car up to First and walk to the Bachalpsee, with the backdrop of snowcapped peaks and glaciers of the Jungfrau region. Continue to traverse the scenic Faulhorn Panorama trail with views extending into Germany and climb to Faulhorn for lunch at Switzerland's oldest mountain hotel. From Faulhorn, return back to the First cable car station where you can choose to descend back to Grindelwald by tram, zipline, mountain cart, or trottibike.
Since the 18th century, a crossing of the Grosse Scheidegg has been considered to be the highlight of a journey to Switzerland. In 1779 Goethe departed Grindelwald over this stunning pass and wrote "No thoughts, no description or memory can equal the beauty and magnitude of this site." The morning starts with a scenic traverse to the Grosse Scheidegg before descending the beautiful Rosenlauital on the Romanticweg into charming Meiringen.
You can take the train back to the Geneva or Zurich airport or any other Swiss town. We can even give more options if you choose to extend your trip.
Alpenwild Adventures are designed for people who are energetic, active and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as moderate. You should be a strong and experienced hiker in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 4 to 6 hours per day on good trails, ascending up to 3,000 vertical feet per day, at an elevation up to 9,000 feet above sea level.