Gimmelwald, Berner Oberland, Switzerland

17-20 October 2013

After a cold and wet first half of October, it finally became what it should be like this time of the year. So I decided to head out to the beautiful Berner Oberland for some fall hiking.

I took a room at the lovely Hotel Mittaghorn (highly recommended!) in the small village of Gimmelwald, just south of Lauterbrunnen. Here's the view from the balcony.

The next morning I headed out for a long but amazing hike. After a steep climb up to the Busenalp, the first rewards. To the east, the mighty Jungfrau.

To the west, a beautiful range with the Schilthorn in the center

And to the south, the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley with the Breithorn towering over it.

My lunch spot that day: the Oberhornsee with a great view of the Breithorn and its glacier.

And a full view of the range to the east.

Close to the bottom of the Breithorn glacier, with some ice caves.

More glaciers and ice caves.

A look back (north) into the Lauterbrunnen valley. From here it was "just" 1200m downhill to the bottom. Good thing I brought my hiking sticks...

Red autumn berries.

The following day, my friend Adam drove up from Lausanne, and together we hiked up the Trümmelbach canyon to the Wengernalp, crossing the narrow canyon along the way.

A view back from halfway up, with Gimmelwald perched on the hillside (in the green patch just left of center).

A nice pair: the Eiger (left) and Mönch (right).

And Jungfraujoch.

A view of the Jungfrau on the way down.

On the last day it was a bit cloudy, so a perfect day for an easy hike up the Sefinen valley to Kilchbalm.

Lots of larches here, a pine tree that turns yellow and then loses its needles every fall.

A panoramic view of the end of the valley.

A little green island in between the rocks.

During the few days that I was here, most of the trees turned into a beautiful fall foliage.

Thus ended another three days in paradise...

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