Friday, 4 March 2011

Grindelwald to Zermatt Day 3 - Murren to Griesalp by the Sefinenfurke

A longer day today with 14km of walking, 1000m of ascent and 1200m of descent. We cross the mountain wilderness to the West of Murren and leave the Jungfrau Region behind. Maximum altitude 2628m (8622ft) at the Sefinenfurke.

Leaving Murren in the early morning for the Sefinenfurke. The village is a fairly upmarket but still charming place on a grassy shelf high above Lauterbrunnen.

Spielbodenalp Murren The route soon enters an idyllic land of verdant pasture in the region of Spielbodenalp at almost 1800m. Refreshments are available from the small berghaus.

Rotstockhutte After a steep section of path the lower pastures are left behind and we enter a wonderfully wild valley where is situated the Rotstockhutte (visible) at 2039m.

Jungfrau Region from the Sefinenfurke Approaching the top of the Sefinenfurke at 2628m and a last look back at the Jungfrau Region.'s familiar peaks. The way to the Sefinenfurke is steep here but not difficult and the views are easily worth all the effort. This route could be treacherous in bad weather - especially after any significant snowfall so check before heading out.

sefinenfurke New Horizons - looking west from the Sefinenfurke summit. The narrow saddle of the pass is a great lunch spot and the location is the first really remote country so far.

sefinenfurke The first part of the descent is steep and loose but is made easier by wooden steps and a rope handrail. Care is needed here but it's not so difficult and no one fell off while I was there!

Kiental The way descends into the upper part of the Kiental - a veritable wilderness. There are no buses or trains here - you must walk all the way so be sure you can before leaving Murren. A wonderful descent brings us down again to the trees and finally to the hamlet of Griesalp.
Back to day 2 >>> Wengen to Murren
On to day 4 >>> Griesalp to Kandersteg

1 comment:

  1. Hi Pete, thanks for writing all of this it has been a great help and I'm pretty sure I'm going to follow in your footsteps this summer. I do have one question though, I am planning on doing this from the 19th June, do you think there are any parts that will be inaccessible due to snow fall at this time? Thanks again, Tom