Schynige Platte – First* (Switzerland)

Date: Aug. 26, 2016

Location: Schynige Platte, Berner Oberland Region

Distance: 15km (9.3 miles), one way

Elevation Gain: 689 m (2260 ft)

Highest Elevation: 2613 m (8572 ft)

As with all our other hikes in Berner Oberland, our journey started with a scenic train ride – above, the town Interlaken in the background. Below, Schynege Platte train station and the TH.

The trail wasted no time in dispensing splendid scenery. Below, cow pastures are common in Swiss Alps.

Jungfrau Range in the background

Looking back to Interlaken

The climb was gradual but persistent

Sagistalsee Mountain Lake

Ahead Manndlenen Mountain Lodge around midpoint of the hike.

After replenishing our water and having a couple cold drinks, we proceeded uphill again.

After the stiff climb, a ridge was reached offering a temporary respite

And the highest point of the trail- Faulhorn Summit is now visible

One quick breather before tackling Faulhorn Summit

We had snacks at Fauhlhorn Summit’s Lodge – the highest full service lodging in Europe.

And enjoy the panorama view from the summit

Rest of the trail was downhill

Looking back at Faulhorn Lodge and the ridge before

The highlight reel continued with Lake Bachalpsee

The First Gondola Station, our destination

We concluded this hike on First’s superlative sky walk

Our return journey involved a long and beautiful gondola ride, then train back to Lauterbrunnen.