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We leave tomorrow ~ Jungfraujoch worth it?

We leave tomorrow ~ Jungfraujoch worth it?

Sep 13th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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wrenwood---sorry, I did not see your question about the hikes until today. Hopefully you can check in later. If you do go up the Jungfrau (and like others I'm hesitant to actually recommend that, but see below), then you could do the Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen hike on your way back. Of course, you will be hiking it "backwards", but I don't think it's all that important. For much of the way, you are hiking parallel to the view, so you just look to the right instead of the left. Farther on, the Jungfrau view is behind you, but other wonderfuls views are in front, and you can always stop and turn around to see the Eiger and Jungfrau. If you do this, be sure to include the Mannlichen Gipfel. from Mannlich, you can ride the gondola down to Grindelwald, or take the cable car down to Wengen and stroll around before taking the train back home.

Another possibility, but a difficult one, is to get off at Eigerglescher (before KS on the downhill journey) and hike the Eiger Northface trail. This is a steep and rocky trail that is not for novice hikers; you need good hiking shoes and possibly poles. It is one of my favorite hikes, traversing below the North face of the Eiger, with close-up views. You end at Alpiglen where you can catch the train back down to Grindelwald.

Like Sue, I personally would never give up a day of hiking to ride the train up the Jungfrau. But not everyone is as dedicated a hiker as we are, or capable of reaching the high places on foot. The views up there, out across the Place de la Concorde, and the start of the Aletschgletscher, are unlike anything you can see from Mürren, or anywhere else in the area, for that matter. Particularly if you start early and include the hike out to Mönchsjoch Hütte, it can be a rewarding experience. And if you take the time to learn a bit about the history of mountaineering on the Eiger and the Jungfrau, and the building of the tunnel, it will be even more so.

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Sep 13th, 2007, 09:08 AM
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Thanks everyone, we're off!

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