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Hike to see the ibex herd on the Augstmatthorn

Short facts

  • start: Lombachalp-Roteschwand
  • destination: Harderkulm, Seilbahn
  • medium
  • 11,10 km
  • 4 hours 20 minutes
  • 810 m
  • 2133 m
  • 1302 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

The hike offers unique views of Lake Thun, Lake Brienz and the surrounding mountain peaks. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see ibex, which will let you approach up to no more than a few metres away. In keeping with the “in nature” experience, none of the tracks are paved.

At the start of the hike at Lombachalp-Roteschwand bus stop, follow the sign for the Augstmatthorn. A path runs over grassland up to point 2101 and then to the Augstmatthorn a little further along. There are several difficult sections to overcome, however the panoramic view more than makes up for the effort. To the north, the view sweeps from the moors of Lombachalp and the source of the River Emme to the Hohgant and the Schrattenfluh. On a clear day you can even see the Jura mountains. To the east, you can make out the top of Lake Brienz and the Aare plain. The rim of the Bernese Alps can be seen spanning from the south to the west. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see a herd of ibex, proud animals that will let you watch up to just a few metres away. The next section of the hike runs a little below or over the narrow arête. This offers even more intoxicating views on the one hand, but longer exposed sections, as well as portions that are difficult to negotiate on the other. Surefootedness and a head for heights are essential. This means walking while focusing all of your attention on the path in front of you and stopping if you want to take in the view. The trickiest sections are equipped with a rope. After Suggiture, the descent takes you down below the tree line, where it continues along a varied route through meadow or woodland towards Harder. At Wannichnubel, you can take a short detour to the “Chnubel” for the view over Lake Thun. The same view can be enjoyed from the platform at Restaurant Harderkulm. An information panel will help you identify the peaks. A short distance further along you reach your destination, the summit station of the Harder Kulm funicular railway.

General information

Directions

Roteschwand - Augstmatthorn - Roteflue - Wannichnubel – Harderkulm

Safety Guidelines

This hike follows partially or fully signposted mountain trails.

Equipment

We recommend the following equipment: Sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes, light- to medium-weight backpack, cold protection, sun protection, hiking sticks, first aid kit, snacks, tea in a thermos flask, mobile phone.

Public transit

Getting here: Take the train to Interlaken West, followed by the bus to Habkern, Zäundli and then Lombachalp-Roteschwand

 

Getting back: Take the funicular railway to Interlaken Ost

Literature

Wanderbuch Panoramawanderungen der Berner Wanderwege,

bestellen unter: www.wanderplaner.ch/sommer/web-shop/

Maps

Swisstopo Wanderkarte 1:50'000 254T Interlaken,

bestellen unter: www.wanderplaner.ch/sommer/web-shop/

Additional Information

Verein Berner Wanderwege, Bern, Tel.: 031 340 01 01, E-Mail: [email protected], Homepage: www.bernerwanderwege.ch

Pavings

  • Path (98%)
  • Hiking Trail (2%)

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