First -Bachalpsee - BussalpWalk 8008
Canton - Bern / Berne - Jungfrau Region
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 9.0 km / 5.6 miles
Ascent - 260 metres / 858 feet
Descent - 660 metres / 2178 feet
Time - 3.25 hours
Grade - moderate
This route includes a varied mix of scenery and although the majority of the walk is on good paths there is one section where you need to clamber over rocks. However even on this section no technical difficulties will be experienced.
Start - top station of the Grindelwald to First gondola lift. This provides a comfortable and scenic ascent with connections in Grindelwald by train and post bus from throughout the area. See Transport Map for the Jungfrau Region.
End - the small restaurant at Bussalp from where Post Buses connect to Grindelwald.
From the top station of the First gondola lift take the broad path signed to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn. The route climbs steadily offering excellent views ahead to the Reeti and across the valley to the Eiger and beyond. Levelling out, the path becomes easier to drop down to the shores of the Bachalpsee. This is a popular spot and you will probably have to share the scenery with other walkers.
Turn left off the main path to Bussalp, forking right almost immediately at the first path junction. The path climbs onto the southeast ridge of the Reeti where a choice of rocky resting places provide a great place to take in the views. Turn right and walk steeply up the ridge for a short way taking care to follow the red and white waymarks. The path then descends west through a rocky landscape and for a short way you need to scramble over the rocks. The way ahead is well marked and you should have no problems reaching a more straightforward path at the end of the bouldery section.
The path descends across the southern slopes of the Reeti to the reach a path junction. Continue straight ahead to reach a further junction where you keep right with the path soon dropping to cross a stream. Once across the stream the path crosses open alpine meadows to reach the cheese farm at Oberläger. From here take the track, using cut-off paths where appropriate, to descend to Bussalp.
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