2. First - Bachalpsee - Faulhorn - Bussalp
There is a short but considerable ascent to overcome at the beginning of this hike. The wide, well-maintained trail leads you from the aerial gondola summit station up to the Gummihütte mountain hut. The sharp, jagged peaks of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn on the opposite side of the valley stand in stark contrast to the pretty flowering meadows lining the trail. A gently undulating path leads you in a short time from the Gummihütte mountain hut to Lake Bachalpsee. In windless conditions, this blue gem of the Bernese Alps mirrors the majestic Schreckhorn peak. Vast meadows and numerous benches invite you to linger and enjoy the stunning panorama.
Behind the lake, the former mule track climbs steeply in the direction of the Burgihütte mountain hut, passing two mountain refuges before it reaches Gassenboden. The time-honoured Faulhorn Hotel, from where you can enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets, is just a few bends further up the trail. The Faulhorn vantage point offers sensational views of all the Bernese Oberland’s monumental peaks. Turn around and survey the pre-Alps, Emmental Valley, Central Plateau and Jura Mountains, with views reaching as far as the German Black Forest and the Alsatian Vosges. The vista also takes in seven Swiss lakes: Lakes Zug and Lucerne to the east, Brienz and Thun down below and Biel/Bienne, Murten and Neuchâtel to the west. A steep trail leads you down from Gassenboden through the wide Alpine basin of Bussalp, continuing via Oberläger to the end station of the Bussalp post bus.
|Start||Bergstation Gondelbahn Grindelwald-First|
|Ziel||Bussalp (Endstation Buslinie Grindelwald-Bussalp)|
|9.5 km||4h||537.68 m||-904.88 m|
Bussalp can also be reached from Lake Bachalpsee via Hireleni and Feld (see route 3).
Mountain hike with no exposed sections
Normal hiking equipment, hiking boots with good treads
Online-Ticket Grindelwald-First, one way
End May to mid-October
First Mountain Restaurant
Faulhorn Mountain Hotel
Bussalp Mountain Restaurant
Hiking trails for families (all ages) with suitable weather-proof clothing and sturdy footwear. A risk is always present. Total and lasting safety cannot be guaranteed. The occurrence of natural phenomena must always be expected in certain weather conditions. These include spring avalanches, landslides and rockfall during periods of intensive rainfall.
Mountain trails for experienced mountain hikers who are equipped with the necessary clothing and boots. Hikers must always expect the occurrence of dangerous natural phenomena such as rockfall and avalanches.
Fixed-rope route for experienced mountaineers with climbing harness and appropriate belaying equipment. Only possible for beginners when accompanied by a mountain guide.