A triad of giants, the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau, dominate the incredible views along this scenic hike from Mannlichen to Wengen.
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- Distance: 2.9 miles (one way) to Kleine Scheidegg
4.3 miles (one way) to Eiger Glacier Viewpoint
10.8 miles (one way) to Wengen (Complete Hike)
- Elevation: 7,313-ft. at Trailhead
7,313-ft. at Kleine Scheidegg
7,250-ft. at Eiger Glacier Viewpoint
4,190-ft. at Wengen (Complete Hike)
- Elevation Gain: -551-ft. to Kleine Scheidegg
488-ft. to Eiger Glacier Viewpoint
-3,060-ft. to Wengen (Complete Hike)
- Difficulty: moderate
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Grindelwald / Lauterbrunnen / Bernese Oberland
Why Hike Mannlichen to Wengen
Jaw dropping views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau top the list of scenic highlights on this terrific hike between Grindelwald and Wengen. From the top of the gondola at Mannlichen, the route follows a popular trail descending to Klein Scheidegg with panoramic views of the high peaks, including the Wetterhorn, Streckhorn and the Eiger, towering above the emerald green meadows of Grindelwald.
Beyond Kleine Scheidegg the trail travels to a pretty lake nestled beneath the Eiger’s massive north wall and then climbs to an overlook atop a moraine with magnificent views of the Eiger Glacier spilling down the rugged slopes between the Eiger and the Monch. The trail then turns northwest, descending a valley through lovely meadows with breathtaking views of the glacier clad slopes of the Monch and the Jungfrau. On warm summer afternoons lucky hikers may see icefalls crashing down the rugged cliffs.
As you descend the valley, views open to the Bietenhorn and Schilthorn towering above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. To the south the Gspaltenhorn, rising above the Sefinental Valley, and the Breithorn, at the head of the Lauterbrunnen valley, dominate the view. At the foot of the valley the trail turns north on a long descending traverse to Wengen, where trains head down to Lauterbrunnen and a cable car ascends to Mannlichen.
Walking from village to village is one of the joys of hiking in Switzerland. This trail is a good option is you would like to walk from Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen, or vis-versa.
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