Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

From $2013 per person

****# Based on 15 customer reviews
  • UNESCO-recognised region of Jungfrau
  • Some of the finest high-level walking trails in Europe; views of the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau
  • Options to visit the Schilthorn, Trummelbach Falls and the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
  • Thundering waterfalls, rolling glaciers, luxuriant red spruce forest, stunning range of flowers and wildlife

What's included?

  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs every two days from 10 Jun '17 to 20 Sep '17
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Managed locally by hotelier
  • Sustainability rating: 89%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • 6 day Jungfrau travel pass included
  • Combines well with our 'Classic Swiss Alps' walk

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Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

This walking holiday explores the UNESCO-recognised region of Jungfrau and takes in some of the Alps' most dramatic scenery - the sheer scale of it is breathtaking. The 4000m peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau cloaked in rolling white glaciers tower magnificently over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world, lined with 72 rushing waterfalls. You're in for a real selection of unique experiences: you'll pass so close to the ice-clad flank of the Monch you'll feel as though you can almost touch it; you'll ramble through meadows fragrant with wolfsbane, trumpet gentian and purple monkshood; you'll enjoy both the sound of tinkling cowbells and the thundering power of waterfalls and you'll contemplate vast, heart-lifting Alpine panoramas. There are wonderful wildlife opportunities too as you look out for alpine accentors and golden eagles cruising the thermals, and lammergeyers on the higher slopes.

The paths and trails are very well signposted and way marked, and nowhere in the Alps is there a better provision of mountain lifts and railways, offering almost unlimited walking choices. We have included a six-day Jungfrau Travel Pass too, which covers most of the bus, train and cable car routes in the area - making the whole of the Jungfrau region accessible for independent exploring! The pass also offers a reduction on the optional visit on the Jungfraujoch.

Where you stay provides many contrasts too. You'll stay in a family-run hotel in the traditional Bernese village of Wilderswil, the disarmingly pretty car-free villages of Murren and Wengen (ask Urs at the Hotel Alpenruh about having breakfast in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn - pay locally for transport; breakfast included) and a perfectly located hotel in the world-famous resort of Grindelwald. We have included all evening meals too, so when your walking day is done you're free to relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air!

Superbly varied and well-signposted walking along valley bottoms and in the high mountains (up to 2700m). A good fitness level is required. Walking boots are essential, and we strongly recommend wet-weather gear and a compass. NB: The walk on Day 8 is not possible in early/late season, however full route notes will be provided for an alternative option.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Wilderswil

Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 - Wilderswil to Murren 16km/10mi/6hr

A valley path climbs through oak forest (look out for red deer) to the sleepy hamlet of Isenfluh for the first view of the Jungfrau, over 3000m of ice-clad, rocky wilderness! Walking through meadows dotted with golden hawksbeard, you reach our hotel in Murren which offers great views over the Eiger and Jungfrau.

Day 3 - At Murren

With its pretty pedestrian streets, and stunning views over the 'Big Three', Murren has inspired famous travellers for centuries. There are various walks, from a fragrant ramble in the Blumental meadow to a hike up Sefinenfurgge Pass (2612m). Alternatively, James Bond fans can take the cable car (payable locally) to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn (where many scenes for On Her Majesty's Secret Service were filmed) for 360° views over Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Day 4 - Murren to Wengen 18km/11.5mi/6hr

Today it's a long descent past cows grazing in green meadows (they still cut hay with scythes here) into the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Trummelbach Falls, an amazing 'corkscrew' waterfall thundering inside the mountain. Ascending past the Monch, choked with rock and ice, takes you past Agnes and Willi's farm. Why not stop for a drink under the shadow of the Jungfrau before arriving in Wengen?

Day 5 - At Wengen

You could relax, savouring the view over the Lauterbrunnen Valley from the hotel terrace complete with whirlpool bath or take a journey to Europe's highest railway station - the breathtaking, 3454m-high, Jungfraujoch (Jungfrau Travel Pass holders enjoy a 50% reduced rate) for a panorama over the Great Aletsch Glacier, Germany's Black Forest and the Italian Alps. Alternatively, take the Bira cable car for a 360° view over the whole region.

Day 6 - Wengen to Grindelwald 18/km/11.5mi/6hr

Today's walk over the Kleine Scheidegg Pass follows the footsteps of Goethe, Byron and Tchaikovsky. The ascent enjoys views over the ice walls of the Monch. After lunch, you descend in the shadow of the Eiger's sheer north face with stunning views all around you.

Day 7 - At Grindelwald

The most exciting option is to take the cable car to Pfingstegg (payable locally) from where you'll enjoy the most spectacular views of the Grindelwald Valley. You then follow a path hewn out of pink, purple and green marble to the sun-trap restaurant terrace at Baregg, an oasis of green in the lower of Grindelwald's twin glaciers. There's a good chance of spotting ibex on the slopes and golden eagles circling overhead.

Day 8 - Grindelwald to Wilderswil 16km/10mi/5hr or 18km/11.5mi/7hr

You take a gondola to the start of one of the Alps' most panoramic walks. First stop is Bachsee Lake, then it's a climb through rocky high mountains bright with saxifrage to the Faulhorn (2680m), and a heart-lifting panorama over the Bernese Oberland. After lunch you descend through grassy marmot country to the railway station at Schynige Platte (2076m) to arrive in Wilderswil and your hotel in the timber-clad old town.

Day 9 - Leave Wilderswil

For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Classic Swiss Alps Walk

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Baeren, Wilderswil   (3 Star)

Hotel Baeren, Wilderswil

The Hotel Baren has been open for over 300 years! You will receive a warm welcome here from Herr Muller and his team at the Bear Inn.

The rooms here are simple but cosy alpine style with lots of wood furnishing.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar

Hotel Alpenruh, Mürren   (3 Star)

Hotel Alpenruh, Mürren

Mürren is a car free village so it is very peaceful. It is a marvellous mountain village Perched on a high, sunny terrace facing the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It nestles at the foot of the Schilthorn with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by the James Bond film.

Rooms here are cosy but modern with television, minibar, cd stereo and hairdryer and with shower rather than bath.

Most rooms have a terrace or balcony with views of the Jungfrau and Eiger.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar

Nearby facilities:

  • Swimming pool

Hotel Bellevue, Wengen   (3 Star)

Hotel Bellevue, Wengen

The Hotel Bellevue was built in 1890. It is situated on the edge of the village in very quiet surroundings with stunning views of the Jungfrau and Lauterbrunnen valley.

Cosy chalet style accommodation is combined with modern comforts. The views from the rooms are incredible.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Chalet Hotel Alte Post, Grindelwald   (3 Star)

Chalet Hotel Alte Post, Grindelwald

The Alte Post is a lovely chalet style hotel, located at the foot of the first gondola, with wonderful views across to the mountains.

Rooms are furnished with television, direct dial telephone, minibar and safe. Most have a balcony.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Travel options

Transfers included from Interlaken West train station at 16:51, and back to Interlaken West train station at 10:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Hutchinson on 23/07/2016

The route notes from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald need to be improved. Several instances where unclear, eg says continue downhill but there is a 3 road junction with all 3 roads going downhill, unclear what is road and what is drive, doesn't tell you which way to go to get to hotel relative to the gondola station when you turn off the main road in Grindelwald - road splits and no info as to whether L or R. On arrival at Wilderswil by train, book says cross over the tracks to taxi, but arrived on the taxi side of the station so didn't have to cross tracks - a bit confusing. A note in the booklet about having to fill out name/passport number/date on the rail tickets would be useful. The pack lunch from Hotel Baeren was very poor.

Reviewed by Mr Asteriades on 29/09/2015

We have been on a large number of self-guided Headwater walking holidays. This was in many ways the best in terms of scenery and walking. For those who suffer from vertigo it does have a few 'moments' but you can invariably negotiate around these.

Reviewed by Mr Tucker on 26/08/2015

Overall holiday was very enjoyable and notes were excellent. Quality of food at Hotel Alpenruh was fantastic. On slightly negative side - we found out that Hotel Baeren had fully booked for a conference and we were put in a room which was off the first floor function room. This was not of the same quality as first room and was noisy with staff clearing later away later following function downstairs. Seemed like we were the easy option to relocate? Food at Hotel Alte Post was very basic and not of the same quality as other hotels.

Reviewed by Mr Hardaker on 12/08/2015

An excellent circuit of the Bernese Alps staying at good standard hotels run by friendly and helpful people. The walking notes were well written and accurate, allowing the map to stay in the bag.

Reviewed by Mr Hunter on 19/07/2015

An amazing time

Reviewed by Mrs Love-Fordham on 11/07/2015

Challenging hiking with amazing views and a good choice of things to do on non hiking days. First two hikes have very few other hikers which I like. Last two hikes were much more public and busy. On a whole, the area has been developed as a vacation spot and one encounters masses of tourists from Asia and India in the towns and any attractions - never on the trails. It is a bit overwhelming. There isn't much of an opportunity to encounter Swiss culture. We enjoyed the hikes, the views were wonderful, but we were a bit dismayed that there were so many tourists to contend with and that we rarely encountered Swiss people to chat with. There is no local rep so you depend on the hoteliers - all were very good except for Hotel Baren.

Reviewed by Mr Tattersall on 01/07/2015

The holiday was stress free, everything was as explained or advertised . The walks were maybe tougher than we expected , but that is not a negative reflection on the holiday We would definitely do another similar holiday, this was our 6th Headwater Holiday, but not our last

Reviewed by Mr Fowler on 06/08/2014

An excellently organised walking holiday

Reviewed by Mrs Frechette on 21/07/2014

We had a great time despite the weather!! Please note the food at Alte Post restaurant was dreadful and needs addressing
Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Frechette, Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to see that you had a great holiday in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. Although, it was disappointing to read of your dissatisfaction with the food at the Alte post. Whilst the previous feedback we have received for this holiday has scored good to excellent we realise that we cannot afford to let our standards slip and will continue to monitor the feedback over the course of the season. Yours sincerely, Headwater Customer Service team

Reviewed by Mrs Hallier on 23/09/2013

We had an excellent holiday and would highly recommend it. The notes were invaluable for the hiking and we could not have managed without them. The transport of our luggage from hotel to hotel happened without a hitch. We were very impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the Swiss. It is a beautiful area in Switzerland - not to be missed in your travels. Hope to go back there.

Reviewed by Mr Sykes on 20/09/2013

Enjoyed our holiday - despite mixed weather Thought all the hotels v good - better quality than Inntravel which suited us. Good walking notes Had a satmap (never used it despite mist) Carried the map but rarely used it need it.. You have probably been told this before but there was one major mistake I the notes. All in all an excellent holiday thanksOn day 8, the first leg of the valley walk back from Grindelwald takes 80 minutes - not 3 hours

Reviewed by Dr Horn on 07/07/2013

A challenging walk but more than amply rewarded by fantastic views. We needed the rest days for rest!

Reviewed by Mrs Bailey on 26/06/2013

This was a well organised, really enjoyable holiday. The walk notes were mostly accurate (only a few unimportant details were different) and the times suggested were about right for a reasonably fit couple in their 50s. There was plenty to do on the non-walking days although we found the local knowledge of the hotel owners and their brochures of more use than the notebooks Headwater sent to us. Every hotel was great - good people, lovely food and useful information about our own walks and others. We would certainly book again with Headwater.

Reviewed by Mr Brisley on 26/06/2013

disappointed that grindelwald to wilderswil path not open and not advised until received route notes 10 days before holiday that this may be the case
Headwater response:
We were very sorry to read that you were unaware that, during early and late season, the path from Grindelwald to Wilderswil may be closed for safety reasons due to heavy snow over the winter. We advise of this in our brochure and also on our website, prior to guests booking with us. We do provide full details of two alternative walks for day 8, so that should this unfortunately be the case, you are still able to enjoy the holiday, which we hope you were able to do.

Reviewed by Mr Phelps on 23/07/2012

This is a brilliant holiday with staggering views and some very good hotels. The walking is challenging but rewarding though, as on all mountain holidays, one must expect some bad weather and lack of views as a result. We found the notes excellent and the timings pretty accurate even a couple in mid/late 60s.

Departure dates & prices

June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 10$2013
Jun 12$2013
Jun 14$2013
Jun 16$2013
Jun 18$2120
Jun 20$2120
Jun 22$2120
Jun 24$2120
Jun 26$2120
Jun 28$2120
Jun 30$2120
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$2181
Jul 4$2181
Jul 6$2181
Jul 8$2181
Jul 10$2181
Jul 12$2260
Jul 14$2260
Jul 16$2260
Jul 18$2260
Jul 20$2260
Jul 22$2260
Jul 24$2260
Jul 26$2260
Jul 28$2260
Jul 30$2260
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$2260
Aug 3$2260
Aug 5$2260
Aug 7$2260
Aug 9$2260
Aug 11$2260
Aug 13$2260
Aug 15$2260
Aug 17$2260
Aug 19$2260
Aug 21$2260
Aug 23$2260
Aug 25$2260
Aug 27$2260
Aug 29$2181
Aug 31$2181
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2181
Sep 4$2181
Sep 6$2181
Sep 8$2181
Sep 10$2120
Sep 12$2120
Sep 14$2120
Sep 16$2013
Sep 18$2013
Sep 20$2013

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by hotelier.


every two days from 10 Jun '17 to 20 Sep '17, for 9 days (8 nights). We are able to look in to non standard departures on this holiday, please call our sales team to discuss your requirements.


All continental breakfasts and evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Interlaken West train station at 16:51, and back to Interlaken West train station at 10:15.

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