Call me boring but I’ll be heading back to Switzerland and to Bernese Oberland this summer, to walk again under the watchful trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Tour of the Jungfrau region begins near Interlaken and circles clockwise some 100km in the popular area. I’ll be sharing the path with Alpine Pass Route from Kleine Scheidegg to Lauterbrunnen which will definitely be crowded but the views are worth it. I hope the weather stays clear for the Schiltron loop, to allow the climb up to the summit ridge and a visit to the famous James Bond restaurant on the top. As wild camping in the region is not encouraged, I’ll be using campsites in the valleys.
The last summer me and my old hiking pal, mr Overhill, wanted to see some real mountains. Because both of us having only very limited time in our hands, we decided to head straight to the most famous part of the Swiss Alps and walk from Meiringen to Kandersteg via trail that was already familiar to me from my earlier Switzerland through hike. Here’s some of the photos and the trip video:
During the first two days of our four day journey we enjoyed sunshine and great mountain vistas but then the winds brought foul weather to the deep valleys, and it just kept pouring with water the remaining of the time. However, as we didn’t have any pressure to walk certain amount of kilometres, the local restaurant in Kandersteg offered a good escape plan after we had taken a train there from Lauterbrunnen on third day. On the last day we did a day walk up to the Oeschinensee and back.
Overall, a great little escape to the popular part of the Swiss Alps, which also meant easy accessibility by public transportation. It was also great to see familiar landscapes and remember how it all started here back in 2009.
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