Friday, 4 March 2011
Grindelwald to Zermatt Day Two - Wengen to Murren
At 10km Wengen to Murren is a shorter day and was made even shorter thanks to the train. I know - cheating already!
Looking across the Lauterbrunnen Valley towards Murren from Wengen. The village lies on the shelf above the cliffs.
Three Peaks - The Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau from the path between Grutschalp and Murren.
The trail here is one of the easiest walks anywhere - let alone somewhere with views such as these. A relaxation day after the Eiger Trail and before the Sefinenfurke but if you wish to walk the whole way from Wengen you must first descend nearly 500m/1640ft to Lauterbrunnen then climb a steep 700m to reach this nice easy section. If you just walk from Grutschalp to Murren it is only 4km to walk with a gentle 150m of ascent.
The longer version follows the line of the railway then the gondola and while the distance added is only 6km, it is a lot of additional climbing. On a cooler day - maybe - but with 34 degrees Celsius - that's about 93 in old money - threatened for the valley I'm not ashamed to say that I took the gondola to Grutschalp and walked from there. Some people went by train all the way to Murren which is just plain lazy!
Back to day 1 >>> Grindelwald to Wengen
On to day 3 >>> Murren to Griesalp