hiking
28 days ago

There’s a couple of ways to do this hike. You can do it one way up or down... or you can do the whole loop which is (very weather dependent) an impressive (insane) hike.

If you want to do it one way up from Murren you should know this: If you make it all the way to the top of the Schilthorn you CAN buy one way cable car tickets down at the Piz Gloria gift shop.

However, if you get tired or weather moves in as it did when I was going up and you need to bail out at Birg they DO NOT sell tickets there and you’ll have to beg the cable car operator to let you go down or up and pay at those locations.

Also, it is extremely important you know the cable car hours! The last one down when we were there was 17:55!!! It’d be one cold, wet, dark and dangerous hike back to Murren if you got caught up there in a storm.

The way up from Shiltalp is a tough one and is pretty exposed. Lots of people come down from Birg or the Schilthorn (it’s big with the Rick Steve’s crowd), but we didn’t see a single person going up besides us all day!

The way up via Schilthornhutte is a little less exposed and gives you more options for cover if the weather gets lousy. This is a better route to take if weather is a concern.

This is a great hard hike. And probably the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. It’s stunning from beginning to end.

Just keep an eye on the weather.