Alpiglen - MannlichenWalk 8027
Canton - Bern / Berne - Jungfrau Region
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 613 metres / 2023 feet
Descent - nominal or unknown
Time - 2.00 hours
Grade - easy/moderate
The path connecting Alpiglen to Männlichen offers some wonderful views to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. In addition Grindelwald and its backdrop of lesser peaks is also seen in some detail.
Start Alpiglen station, which is served by trains from Grindelwald and Wengen (via Kleine Scheidegg). See Transport Map for the Jungfrau Region.
End the top station of the gondola cableway from Grindelwald or the cable car from Wengen.
Exit Alpiglen station and follow the broad path uphill in a south-westerly direction towards Kleine Scheidegg following the railway, which should be on your right hand side. The way ahead climbs steadily with views across to the north face of the Eiger on your left. The path soon crosses the railway and continue past small alpine buildings at Mettla.
Shortly after you reach a path junction. Bear right here towards Bustiglen and Männlichen ignoring the path to Kleine Scheidegg going left. After passing Bustiglen bear left at the next junction to continue a steady climb across the eastern slopes of the Männlichen ridge. It is on this section that the view across Grindelwald to the Faulhorn and the Reeti is at its best. Having enjoyed a fairly quiet path from Bustiglen to the ridge you join the main ridge path for the final short section to Männlichen. Suddenly you are confronted by crowds of people enjoying the ridge path down to Kleine Scheidegg.
Continue past the cable car stations to the true summit of the Männlichen (2343m) from where there are more excellent views. After having enjoyed the extensive panorama return down the main path to the end of the walk at the cable car stations for either a descent to Wengen or Grindelwald.
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