Hiking the Eiger Trail

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View from the train.
Going down is always easier than going up. At least with hiking it is. We decided to take the cog train from Jungfrau station down to Kleine Scheidegg and hike the rest of the way down. After about 30 minutes, we realised that somewhere along the way we missed a turn because we were actually lower than the Eiger Trail. After forging through fields and climbing barbed wire fences, we came across some friendly folks who were hiking UP the Eiger. They informed us that the trail was up there, pointing a few hundred meters up and ahead of us. A decision moment...do we hike up to the trail which would take us a good hour or continue down the trail we were on ?
Being the stubborn people we are, up we went. Eventually we were on the right track and continued on our bubbly way. That is until we encountered opposite local traffic.
Naturally we gave way...though docile, cows are very BIG. And because she wouldn't budge.
The hike wasn't all to strenuous but it certainly was beautiful. Waterfalls, bluebells, more waterfall, bubbling streams of crystal clear glacier water (and ice, ice cold).
Occasionally there would be paragliders floating down to the valley floor.
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Into the tunnel we go..
I couldn't believe my eyes when we walked into the restaurant for breakfast. Not only was there a western buffet but also a Japanese one. With rice and miso soup !!!
I love this place. I'm going to have to stay here again when I bring my mother next time.
The plan for this morning was to get up close and personal with a glacier. The Aletsch Glacier to be more exact. The area was placed on UNESCO'S world heritage list in 2001 and increased in 2007. This is Europe's longest glacier at about 14 miles.
The Jungfraubahn cog railway travels through a tunnel in the Eiger. During the trip up, the train stopped twice to allow us some spectacular views from large pane windows that were placed in the mountain face.
Once we reached the top, on went the sweaters. We had to walk around a bit before finding the exit. Afterwards it was time to hit the icy trail. There were definitely enough things to do to keep one occupied...skiing, hiking, ice climbing, golf (yes, I did say golf), and even a fly over if one desired. We just decided to enjoy the view.

View from the train.
View from the train.
Into the tunnel we go..
Into the tunnel we go..
During one of the two stops along …
During one of the two stops along…
Thats it...the Aletsch Glacier.  …
That's it...the Aletsch Glacier. …
FOOOORRRREEEE !!!!!!!!!!!
FOOOORRRREEEE !!!!!!!!!!!
That golden building on the peak i…
That golden building on the peak …
gotta watch your step...
gotta watch your step...
Those black specks in the top righ…
Those black specks in the top rig…
heading back to the station
heading back to the station
one impressive snowball
one impressive snowball
who has the right of way ?
who has the right of way ?
the cow of course :)
the cow of course :)
the view of Eiger from the hotel t…
the view of Eiger from the hotel …
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