Photos from trips: Alpine Pass Route, Jungfrau region, June 2016
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We're looking into the Alpine Pass Route as a new long-distance trek. It runs East to West across the mountainous middle of Switzerland. In June 2016 Simon revisited the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch area which is about half-way in the trek. This is the Bernese Oberland, the mountains South of Bern. We aim to visit the stages to East and West and thus build our Alpine Pass Route coverage.
After staying in Turin I took buses to Courmayeur and Chamonix. I met up with Alpine Exploratory leader Joy and then took the train to Kandersteg on the APR. Here is the train climbing out of Brig on the final leg.
Swiss hotel breakfasts are a treat, sometimes in a retro way!
The train to Meiringen...
... and Meiringen station to start the walk.
The Reichenbach falls - from Sherlock Holmes - are a feature above Meiringen which the APR visits by either of two short detours.
Rural life in Switzerland is the characteristic of the valleys as the route climbs.
Milk churns and water troughs outside a farm.
Cloud swirls above a wooden chalet and meadow.
The postbus crosses regularly from Meiringen to Grindelwald.
As the route drops to Grindelwald the track becomes solid and clear.
The rain has built steadily all afternoon and becomes heavy as I walk into town. From my earlier visit I noted a restaurant... timely!
Grindelwald sits on a sunny South-facing slope, the Wetterhorn looming above.
The Eiger Nordwand high above our path, through meadows and woods to Kleine Scheidegg.
Wood stored beside a barn under the Eiger.
A green sign warns of suckler cows - vaches allaitantes. Cows with new calves can become agitated by walkers. Only enter fields if you can avoid the cows by some distance.
Dropping the steep hillside from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, waterfalls below.
The next day I climb to Murren and find sections of path replaced by wooden bridges.
A one-carriage train shuttles to and from Murren, meeting the cable car from Lauterbrunnen.
Murren's neat station.
This is the view from Murren back to the Kleine Scheidegg, the wide col beow the Eiger at which the trains change. Murren is a sweet car-free village.
Wengen is across the valley from Murren; here goes the train again.
On a grey day, the station Wengernalp is seen as a train interchange on the way to Kleine Scheidegg. My plan is to cover the various paths that link the options down to Wengen.
Murren ahead in the mist!
Side-loading chairlifts that were bustling with custom in January... here at the Wixi lift.
Spaghetti bolognese at the Bahnhof cafe at Kleine Scheidegg.
For mid-June the snow is heavier than usual and I cross a few small patches on the climb up to the Mannlichen cable car.
To test the path down to Wengen I drop into the cloud and see a cable car from below.
Avalanche defences cover the hillside... the path gives an unusually close-up inspection.
Plum tart and a coffee in Wengen!
The train from Meiringen to Lucerne passes neat Swiss villages.
In Zurich, drinkers congregate against a backdrop of the city.
I continue by train to Basel, where our notes recommend Basel airport. As a way into the Alps it works almost as easily as Zurich and has lots of flights. A tram passes cars on the walk into town.
Old houses with painted shutters in Basel.
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