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Staying in mountain huts

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Staying in mountain huts

Does anyone have experience of setting out from Wengen, doing about 3 or 4 hours a day, and staying in mountain huts along the way?

We want to go in September - one young fit walker, and one old but fit and experienced walker. I don't seem able to book these huts from the UK - can you book them in Wengen or do you just hike to them and hope that there is room for you?

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1. Re: Staying in mountain huts

There are some huts available in the area but they are far enough apart that you wouldn't be able to stay in them with only 3-4 hrs walking in between.

Some places you might consider.

1. The Obersteinberg mountain hostel. About 2 1/2 hours hiking from Stechelberg at the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley. You can hike to Stechelberg by hiking from Wengen south through Stalden down over the Trummelbach to the valley floor. About 3 1/2 hrs from Wengen to Trummelbach.

2. The Schilthorn hut maintained by the SAC and the Murren Ski Club. About 3 hrs hiking from Murren.

3. Lobhorn hut above Isenflue. You can get to Isenflue by several routes. The hut is about 2 1/2 hours up as best as I can remember.

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2. Re: Staying in mountain huts

As usual, MountainTopper is exactly right. The hut system is more geared to hikers that want to spend 6 - 8 hours on the trails a day. However, you can use public transport to shorten your hikes and still visit some of these huts.

A word of caution: be sure that staying in huts is really what you want to do. Most (all of those MountainTopper suggests) are very primitive, with no electricity or running water, and with communal pit toilets. Or, as the description of the Obersteinberg Inn says, "homely rooms without comfort". Ha! Good description.

Anyway, here are some suggestions:

1. Take the train from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen (20 mins). Walk the valley floor from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg (about 1.5 hours with beautiful valley scenery). Have lunch at Stechelberg Inn, then hike the 2 hours up to Obersteinberg Inn. You can make reservations there (recommended) by contacting them at:

Berghotel Obersteinberg

Sister von Allmen

CH - 3824 Stechelberg

Tel + +41 (0) 33 855 20 33

Tel + +41 (0) 33 855 33 01

See info at the following link:

http://www.stechelberg.ch/de/gastro/bh_og.htm

2. You could hike from Obersteinberg to Rotstock hut above Murren, but I think this would be more than your desired daily limit. It's 4 1/2 to 5 hours over quite demanding terrain with steep ascents and descents. Rotstock hut is VERY primitive. It is manned from May through end of September, make reservations by calling ++ 41 (0) 33 855 24 64.

3. Another option is to walk down from Obersteinberg back to Stechelberg (about 1.5 hours), take the bus from Stechelberg to Isenfluh (abour 40 minutes), then hike from Isenfluh to Lobhorn hut via Sulwald. This will take you around 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You can shorten this hike (and cut 1500 feet of vertical ascent) by taking the small lift from Isenfluh up to Sulwald. You can make reservations at the Lobhorn hut by calling ++ 41 (0) 79 656 53 20.

For further recommendations, I suggest you buy Kev Reynolds excellent book "Tour of the Jungfrau Region". He describes many hut-to-hut hikes in the area.

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