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63 First - Faulhorn - Schynige Platte

  • Medium
  • The path has been cleared by the authorities for use.
  • Distance16km
  • Duration4h 15m
  • Ascent664m
  • Descent849m
  • The path has has some restaurants.
This fantastic day trip starts at the aerial cableway Grindelwald-First summit station, and then the mostly level trail leads to Lake Bachalp. Then the path climbs steeply up to the Faulhorn. It...

63 First - Faulhorn - Schynige Platte

Character

Mountain trail with some slightly-exposed sections

Equipment

Normal hiking gear, hiking boots with good soles

Restaurant

Berggasthaus First

Berghotel Faulhorn

Berghaus Männdlenen

Berghotel Schynige Platte


Description

This fantastic day trip starts at the aerial cableway Grindelwald-First summit station, and then the mostly level trail leads to Lake Bachalp. Then the path climbs steeply up to the Faulhorn. It offers a magnificent panoramic view. In the 19th century, the Faulhorn was described as a "ladies' peak" because there are no significant mountaineering skills required to climb it. However, its name ('faul' means 'lazy' in English) has nothing to do with sloth. Instead, the term is used to describe the loose layers of clay and slate from which the mountain is made. The descent passes along the southern slope of the Faulhorn-Kuppen, to Fulegg and via Männdlenen Berghaus to Egg. Now, less steeply, the trail leads through the Güw region, past the western slope of the Loucherhorn and the alpine huts of Oberberg to the destination, the Schynige Platte-Bahn summit station.

Variants

Variant A: This long hike can be comfortably divided into two parts. Overnight accommodation is available at the Faulhorn mountain hotel (rooms and dormitory accommodation) and at the Männdlenen mountain lodge (dormitory accommodation).

Season

Mid-June to mid-October