START : Stechelberg,
HIGHEST POINT: 2065m
From Stechelberg to the Oberhoresee
The Lauterbrunnen Valley is a very special valley. One of deepest trough valleys in Switzerland and boasting apparently no less than 72 water falls! The name "Lauterbrunnen" actually means "Nothing but Fountains".
High above, on each of the sheer vertical rock walls sit the car free tourist villages of Mürren and Wengen.
But at the back of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, nestles the small village of Stechelberg where our tour begins. We begin at the Stechelberg Hotel. There is a bus stop (from Lauterbrunnen), or if you arrive by car, plenty of car parking. You need to allow about 6 hours when you buy the car parking ticket.
Starting off anti clockwise around the loop, we are heading up the well maintained hiking track towards the Sefinental. This is also where you would go if you are doing the Via Alpina. Soon after the "Bir Fellsagi", we turn left crossing, the Sefi - Litschena river.
The trail now climbs steadily until a sign pointing towards the "Tanzbedeli (Dance floor)"comes in sight. Do not miss this short out and back detour, where you will be quiet possibly breaking out in song with Julie Andrews "The Hills are Alive"
Once back on track proper, we are heading at a brisk pace on the downhill single trail towards the Obersteinberg Hotel. Stop at this old mountain inn to fuel up on their delicious food and to enjoy the scenery.
The trail is now heading further up to the very end of the valley to the glacier world of the Breithorn glacier and the quaint Oberhore lake. If you are brave enough, you could take a quick dip to cool down before the long downhill on the opposite side of the valley back towards Stechelberg.
This tour is on my agenda every year. The loop really has it all! A lot of runnable single tracks and scenery to leave you awestruck. There is plenty of water on the way and not forgetting, the fuel stop at the Obersteinberg hotel. If you need something sweet at the end of this epic trail run, the Stechelberg Hotel is serving a mean Black Forest gateau!
On the "Tanzbedeli"