First - Bachalpsee (Nr. 50)

Short facts

  • start: Bergstation First (2168 m ü. M.)
  • destination: Bachalpsee
  • medium
  • 3,31 km
  • 1 hour
  • 152 m
  • 2278 m
  • 2162 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

Classic hiking trail in the First area, whether in summer or winter.

The starting point of this leisurely and multifaceted hike can be accessed by gondola from Grindelwald to First. After a short but steep ascent to the Gummihütte, the trail rolls along gently until reaching Lake Bachalp. The impressive peaks of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn rise up to greet hikers on the other side of the valley. The Grindelwald-First ski area offers a variety of hiking and sledging trails as well as places to stop for a bite to eat and full-day packages.

General information


First - Bachalpsee 

Safety Guidelines
  • After a snowfall, the ground can be softer and more difficult to walk on.
  • The sun’s rays are more intense in the mountains. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen with a high protection factor, a hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • We recommend bringing warm clothing and rain gear even in summer and in good weather in winter. We recommend layering your clothing.
  • Charged mobile phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Winter shoes with non-slip sole
  • Drinks and snacks
  • If available: hiking sticks

Thrill-seekers can get a kick off with slopes on the First Flyer. During the winter season, it is free of charge if you have a valid Jungfrau or Grindelwald-Wengen Sportpass (Sportpass for 1 day or more).

Getting there

Car: 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.


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.


Swisstopo Landeskarte 1229 Grindelwald 1:25'000

Additional Information


This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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