Jungfrau Trek - 1
Nov 24, 2012Public
Photo: We start with a night in Interlaken. Marcia once worked as a maid here, in the Grand Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau.
Photo: Sunset lights up the mountain for which the hotel was named.
Photo: The next day we take a cogwheel railway to Schynige Platte, high above Interlaken, where we will start our 6-day alpine adventure.
Photo: Through the train window we get our first glimpse of the world's most famous mountain trio: the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau
Photo: Checking in to the 100-year-old Hotel Schynige Platte (7,684 ft.), we luck out with a corner room ...
Photo: ... that offers fine views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we  will end up in a week.
Photo: It's a beautiful afternoon and we explore the beginning of the trail that we will take tomorrow.
Photo: Interlaken lies right below us, with one of its lakes, the Thunersee.
Photo: Here's the other lake, the Brienzersee
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Photo: The spectacular trail follows a ridge high above the two lakes.
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Photo: Equally fine views are to be had on the other side, away from the lakes:
Photo: The Wetterhorn (12,432 ft.) with its huge glacier, and the Schreckhorn (13,379 ft.) ...
Photo: ... and to the right of the Schreckhorn, the Finstraarhorn (14,022 ft.) and its glacier.
Photo: Not to mention the Eiger, the Monch, and Jungfrau  (13,024, 13,474, and 13,641  ft.)
Photo: We return the way we came.
Photo: The hotel is on the other side of this little mountain.
Photo: After a night of thunder and lightening, we rose early (well I did at least) to find that my camera battery did not charge overnight. Sadly, I would not be able to photograph what turned out to be the most dramatic day of our trek.
Photo: Chased by the scudding dark clouds of an approaching storm, we had to scramble along a long, high, completely exposed ridge (where lightning strikes could be fatal!) reaching Faulhorn Hut just as the first heavy drops of rain hit the ground. Some English hikers that came in after us were soaked to the skin despite their rain gear. That night it snowed 5 inches, and more was forecast. On the advice of the hut managers, we descended in the morning to lower ground. End part 1.