Grindelwald First

Faulhorn Summit – A Route Less Travelled By Bussalp-Faulhorn-Bachalpsee-First Summer Season Hike

Summer season hike

The Faulhorn summit at 2681m is a very worthwhile destination for the hiker. It’s a high spot with truly panoramic views and a real sense of the highlife. Schynige Platte to Faulhorn to First is a justly celebrated hike but for a route less travelled by you can access the top from Bussalp and enjoy the beauties of the Bachalpsee, before you, on the descent.

Bussalp to Faulhorn – getting to Bussalp from Wengen

An early start is recommended. Routes from Wengen to Grindelwald are several. By train via Zweilütschinen, or aerial cableway over the Männlichen to Terminal and bus/train to Grindelwald station, are the quickest options.  From Grindelwald station, take the mountain bus to the terminus at Bussalp. This is an enjoyable 30 minute, scenic journey with a mountain restaurant at the terminus for refreshment before the ascent (pictured below).

Bussalp from Wengen

Hiking to Faulhorn Summit

A suggested time for this uphill hike to the Faulhorn summit is 2 hours 45 minutes although the scenery is so enthralling you might want to pause for photos as every new vista unfolds. The Schreckhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains are evident from the start but as we climb, more and more of the snow-clad Alpine wall of summits comes into view.


Trails Meet on Faulhorn at the Signpost

At the Bussalp trail’s head, we join the more frequented trail for the diversion to the Faulhorn summit and for the descent via Bachalpsee to First Cableway.


Faulhorn Summit

Definitely a hump, an unusual shape perhaps for a summit.  The prominence is 128m. high.On the top is the mountain restaurant, pictured here, it is open in the summer season. More info at <>Spectacular views of the lakes of Thun and Brienz and the Jungfrau massif can be seen from the summit. The photo below shows a section of the onward trail to Schynige Platte.


Looking Eastwards from the Base of the Prominence

Small snow fields often persist throughout the year at this altitude.


Descent from Faulhorn Summit

Alpine mountain streams flow into the Bachalpsee, hence the name. This mountain tarn is a gem of the Jungfrau Region.Enjoy a leisurely descent after the strenuous ascent, with the Wetterhorn towering ahead as you walk. A dip in the mountain lake, a drink at the First Mountain Restaurant, or a quick flight on the zip-wire are all fun ways to end the day. Please note the operating times of the First Grindelwald cableway.


Holiday Accommodation in Wengen with Alpine

Wengen is an ideal holiday base as it lies in the heart of the Jungfrau Region. The Jungfraujoch is on the ‘doorstep’ and day excursions to the Lakes around Interlaken, Mürren and Schilthorn , Oberhornsee, Schynige Platte, and First are all possible. Alpine Holiday Services offers a range of holiday apartment experiences in Wengen. Please browse our website at Easy booking online at the lowest prices.

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