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The winter insider tip trail to the Faulhorn W5

Beautiful winter trail that passes through snowy alpine meadows, over a peak and the longest sledging run in the world. 

This tour, with a length of 21 kilometres and 1,688 metres of elevation, starts in the centre of Grindelwald. The Terrace Trail leads to the Rasthysi, continuing on through Nodhalten in the direction of the Waldspitz mountain inn. The sunny terrace with a view of the Eiger is the ideal place to relax for a while before taking the sledging run across the snow-covered Bachläger to Lake Bachalp. The winter hiking trail continues from there to the Faulhorn (2,681 m.a.s.l.). The descent to the Bussalp on the longest sledging run in Europe (15 kilometres) starts here. Anyone who still has some stamina left can extend the tour by walking through Rasthysi and Nodhalten to Bort and then taking the gondola down to Grindelwald. Or you can take the bus or hire a sledge on the Bussalp to return to the village..

The circular trail can also be completed with a sledge ride back to Grindelwald.

Difficulty
Difficulty
Distance
20.87km
Duration
4 hours, 45 minutes
Ascent
1649 vm
Descent
903 vm
Starting Point
Grindelwald sports centre
Ending Point
Bussalp (1800 asl)
Top public transport friendly Insider Tip Summit tour Loop With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent

Details

Difficulty
Difficulty
Technique
Condition
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2664m1050m
Recommended season
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Author Tips

  • Mountain restaurant Waldspitz
  • Mountain restaurant Bussalp

Equipment

  • First aid kit
  • Weather-appropriate clothing - Onion principle (always carry waterproofs)
  • Drink and food provisions
  • Mobile telephone

Safety Guidelines

More information and links

Directions

Starting Point

Grindelwald sports centre

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.624313 N 8.041939 E

Ending Point

Bussalp (1800 asl)

Step by Step Directions

Grindelwald-Rasthysi-Nodhalten-Waldspitz-Bachsee-Faulhorn-Bussalp

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.

 

Ticket purchase Jungfrau Region

Timetable and ticket purchase SBB

Arrival by train video Jungfrau Region

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.

 

Journey to Grindelwald

Arrival by car video Jungfrau Region

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.

Aussicht von First Richtung Waldspitz
Faulhorn
Aussicht oberhalb Bussalp
Faulhorn
Faulhorn

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