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Explore fabulous Alpine scenery and some of the finest high level walking trails in Europe, with thundering waterfalls, rolling glaciers and a stunning range of flowers and wildlife. High quality hotels and excellent cuisine throughout.

Price:

Tour only from £1299. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

Duration: 9 days
Departures: Every two days from Jun to Sep
Start point: Wilderswil
End point: Wilderswil
 

Greentraveller’s Travel Advice:  From London St Pancras opt for a scenic rail journey to Interlaken via Paris and Basel to minimize the environmental impact of this spectacular walking holiday. The relaxing trip through French countryside is a splendid start and finish to your holiday. Plus, Switzerland is renowned for its state-of-the-art rail network so this transport experience really should not be missed when visiting this picturesque nation.

>> Read our Guide to Train Travel in Switzerland

>> See also: How to Change Trains in Paris 

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Overview of Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

This walking holiday explores some of the Alps’ most dramatic scenery. The sheer scale of it is breathtaking: the 4000m peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau cloaked in rolling white glaciers tower magnificently over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world, lined with 72 rushing waterfalls.

You’re in for a succession of unique experiences: passing so close to the ice-clad flank of the Mönch you feel you can touch it, rambling through meadows fragrant with wolfsbane, trumpet gentian and purple monkshood, being lulled by the sound of tinkling cowbells and deafened by the thundering power of a corkscrew waterfall, venturing into cool dark gorges and contemplating vast heart-lifting Alpine panoramas.

Where you stay provides some pleasing contrasts: from the disarmingly pretty car-free village of Mürren, to the bustling world-famous resort of Grindelwald with its two glaciers. Our friendly hoteliers all speak English and will happily advise on routes.

The paths and trails are well signposted and waymarked, and nowhere in the Alps is there a better provision of mountain lifts and railways, offering almost unlimited walking choices. On the higher slopes, the lammergeier has recently been re-introduced. Look out too for alpine accentor and golden eagle cruising the thermals.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive in Wilderswil
We meet you and take you to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 - Wilderswil to Murren 16km/10mi/5.5hr
A valley path climbs through oak forest (look out for red deer) to the sleepy hamlet of Isenfluh for the first view of the Jungfrau, over 3000m of ice-clad, rocky wilderness! Walking through meadows dotted with golden hawksbeard, you reach our hotel in Murren with great views over the Eiger and Jungfrau.

Day 3 - At Murren
With its pretty pedestrian streets, and stunning views over the 'Big Three', Murren has inspired famous travellers for centuries. It's easy to laze the day here, or there are various walks, from a fragrant ramble in the Blumental meadow to a hike up Sefinenfurgge pass (2612m). Alternatively, take the cable car to the James Bond revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn for views over Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Day 4 - Murren to Wengen 18km/11mi/6hr
A long descent past cows munching green meadows (they still cut hay with scythes here) into the Lauterbrunnen valley and the Trummelbach falls, an amazing 'corkscrew' waterfall thundering inside the mountain. Ascending past the Monch, choked with rock and ice, takes you past Agnes and Willi's farm. Why not stop for a cool drink under the shadow of the Jungfrau before arriving in Wengen?

Day 5 - At Wengen
You could relax savouring the view over Lauterbrunnen valley from the hotel terrace complete with whirlpool bath (pay locally), but it's a shame not to take Europe's highest railway to the icebound Jungfraujoch (3454m), for a panorama over the Great Aletsch glacier, Germany's Black Forest and the Italian Alps. Alternatively take the Bira cable car for 360o view over the whole region.

Day 6 - Wengen to Grindelwald 18/km/11mi/6hr
Today's walk over the Kleine Scheidegg Pass follows the footsteps of Goethe, Byron and Tchaikovsky. The ascent enjoys views over the ice walls of the Monch. After lunch, you descend in the shadow of the Eiger's sheer north face - stunning views all round.

Day 7 - At Grindelwald
The most exciting option is to take the cable car to Pfingstegg from where you'll enjoy the most spectacular views of the Grindelwald Valley. You then follow a path hewn out of pink, purple and green marble to the sun trap restaurant terrace at Baregg, an oasis of green in the lower of Grindelwald's twin glaciers. There is a good chance of spotting ibex on the slopes and golden eagles circling overhead.

Day 8 - Grindelwald to Wilderswil 16km/10mi/5hr or 18km/11mi/7hr
Travel by gondola to the start of the one of the Alp's most panoramic walks. First stop, Bachsee Lake, then a climb through rocky high-mountains bright with saxifrage to the Faulhorn (2680m), and a heart-lifting panorama over the Bernese Oberland. After lunch in the restaurant, you descend through grassy marmot country to the railway station at Schynige Platte (2067m) to arrive in Wilderswil and your hotel in the timber-clad houses of the old town.

Day 9 - Return home

Is this trip for you?
This holiday is an independent, upper end of 3 boot walking holiday (See Headwater’s Boot Rating System). A Good level of fitness required, this walking will appeal to serious, fit walkers who enjoy a challenge and dramatic scenery. This holiday has varied walking along the valley bottoms and in the high mountains up to 2700m (8800ft) with ascents of up to 1000m (3300ft) every walking day.

The paths are well-made and well used, with excellent signposting. Day 4 includes a narrow path for a short distance when leaving the valley floor, with cables fixed to the rock to assist. If you are unhappy with this you can walk along the valley and take the train from Lauterbrunnen up to Wengen (pay locally).

What price includes

 
  • 8 nights hotel to hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Transport of bags between hotels
  • Rep briefing, local information, route notes and map kit
  • 6 day travel pass
  • 89% sustainability rating
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Interlaken West. Transfers included from Interlaken West

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Interlaken West

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

How to get there:
Train from London to Interlaken West (via Paris). TGVs link Paris to Basel up to 6 times a day, where regular services depart for Interlaken (2hrs).

 
Plan your journey by train to Paris
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Interlaken West. Transfers included to Interlaken West

Nearest train station to finish point:
Interlaken West

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

How to get back:
Train from Interlaken West to London (via Paris). Regular services run from Interlaken to Basel (2 hours) where you can connect to the TGV to Paris.

 
Plan your return train journey from Paris