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First - Bachalpsee - Faulhorn - Bussalp

Short facts

  • start: First, summit station
  • destination: Bussalp
  • medium
  • 9,77 km
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 544 m
  • 2681 m
  • 1796 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

Fantastic panoramic hike on the sun terrace of Grindelwald

This hike offers magnificent views of the Schreckhorn Group and the catchment area of the two Grindelwald glaciers, a deep blue mountain lake reflecting the majestic peaks of the Oberland four-thousand-metre peaks and a hospitable mountain hotel from which you can experience magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

From First, a well-maintained path leads in gentle ups and downs to the shore of the Bachalpsee. Behind the lake, the mule track of national importance leads up towards Burgihütte. Passing two mountain huts you reach the Gassenboden. The old Faulhorn mountain hotel is only a few hairpin bends further up. Back via Gassenboden you descend quite steeply through the wide alpine hollow of Bussalp and via Oberläger reach the terminus of the Bussalp post bus course, from where the Grindelwald bus takes you comfortably to the village.



General information

Directions

First - Gummihütte - Bachalpsee - Burgihütte - Gassenboden - Faulhorn - Gassenboden - Oberläger - Bussalp

Safety Guidelines
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
Tip

Not far away from the mountain station First is the Cliff Walk, which provides some thrill before the hiking tour.

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.

Public transit

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.

Additional Information

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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