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«Lake & Glacier Trail» First - Grosse Scheidegg

This hike in the sunny First hiking region is characterised by crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks. 

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

The 6-seater gondola cableway takes you to the First in the middle of a walker's paradise. From here the path ascends and descends gently up to the Bachsee. Grazing cow and the refelctions in the lakes of the snow-capped giants of the Bernese Alps dominate the landscape. Leaving the lake past the refuge hut in a northerly direction you climb up towards the ridge. Soon you reach the path to Axalp, cross the ridge and turn off towards the east to Hiendertellti.
Shortly afterwards you pass the Hagelsee, which remains still partly covered in snow well into the late summer. Following along the Hiendertelli with the Häxensee you reach the Wart with the Blau Gletscherli. You descend via the Blau Gletscherli to Wischbäch; Oberläger back to the ridge and, following this, back to the Grosse Scheidegg. From here a bus runs back to the village to Grindelwald.


Difficulty
Medium
Distance
14.05km
Duration
5 hours, 15 minutes
Ascent
758 vm
Descent
964 vm
Starting Point
First, summit station
Ending Point
Grosse Scheidegg
Top public transport friendly Scenic Loop With refreshment stops

Details

Difficulty
Medium
Technique
Condition
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2705m1940m
Recommended season
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Author Tips

From the Wart a detour to the 2'892 m high Wildgärst is worthwhile.

Equipment

  • hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • sun and rain protection
  • snacks and drinking water
  • first aid kit
  • penknife
  • mobile phone
  • if necesessary: telescope sticks, headlight, maps

Safety Guidelines

More information and links

Directions

Starting Point

First, summit station

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.65986 N 8.05372 E

Ending Point

Grosse Scheidegg

Step by Step Directions

First - Bachsee - Hagelsee - Häxeseewli - Blau Gletscherli - Oberläger - Grosse Scheidegg

Getting There

Public transport

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

Getting there

There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport.

Parking

Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

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Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

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