Niederhorn high-altitude hike

Beatenberg

Beatenberg: Chalet Urmel

Beatenberg: Chalet Urmel

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Spirenwald: Chalet Birkli

Beatenberg-Waldegg: swissmountainview.ch - Beatenberg - Thunersee - Niesen

Beatenberg-Waldegg: swissmountainview.ch - Beatenberg - Thunersee - Niesen

The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are just as much in evidence during this hike as the ibex on the way to the Gemmenalphorn. The mountain path is easy at first but then becomes rather narrower, with lovely plunging views to the north as well. The direct descent starts out across a typical karst zone and then traverses forest and steep meadows to Habkern.

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Technical information

Starting point:Niederhorn (Beatenberg)
Destination:Habkern
Getting to the starting point:Car/bus/boat to Beatenbucht, car/bus from Interlaken to Beatenberg; cableways from Beatenbucht on Lake Thun or from Beatenberg to the Niederhorn
Back from the destination:Car/bus to Interlaken
Technique:Average
Physical fitness:Average
Difference in elevation:Ascent 300 m, descent 1170 m
Hiking time:3h 20m
Season:June to October
Note:   From the Burgfeldstand and the Gemmenalphorn, there are less strenuous options to return on the southern side, back to the Niederhorn mountain station.

Description

The views are unto themselves on this challenging ridge hike connecting the Niederhorn (Peak 1963 m.a.s.l.), easily accessible by chairlift, with Mt. Gemmenalphorn (2061 m.a.s.l.) and which veers down towards Habkern.

To the South get a glimpse of shimmering Lake Thun, framed in a mosaic of dark forests and light-green pastures, and above it the mountain triumvirate Eiger, Mönch und Jungrfrau.To the North is the sickle-shaped Justi Valley which ends up in Eriz.

It is recommended to walk silently in order to maybe catch ibex playing on the rocks and cliffs of the Niederhorngrat. It takes 1h 30m just to walk to the Gemmenalphorn. Walkers enjoy a clear view of the "Seven Stallions" to the east, making it clear why the limestone ridges were given this name.

The rather more strenuous descent to Habkern passes across the Gemmenalp, through karst landscape that is strangely attractive.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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