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The Walker’s Haute Route: Gruben - Jungen / St Niklaus

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Trail stats

Distance
8.7 mi
Elevation gain
3,589 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
3,136 ft
Max elevation
9,510 ft
TrailRank 
53
Min elevation
5,994 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
5 hours 39 minutes
Time
9 hours 13 minutes
Coordinates
2570
Uploaded
August 9, 2023
Recorded
August 2023
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9,510 ft
5,994 ft
8.7 mi

near Gruben, Canton du Valais (Switzerland)

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Itinerary description

This stage has some of the best mountain views of the 2 week trek from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland.

Time: 7 hours to Jungen with frequent photo stops and a short lunch break. From Jungen we took the cable car down the final 828m to St Niklaus. We had a dinner at the restaurant close the cable car and they why it look more than 7 houses the tube.

The climb out of Gruben starts on a well graded track through the forest and continues to gently climb exposed meadows to Augstbordpass (2894m). Although the trail becomes steeper along the final approach it was still not bad.

Along the way spectacular peaks in view. The temperature dropped quickly as we climbed, with everyone at the top seeking the few protected spots behind rocks.

Once over the pass we descend through a barren rocky valley with low clouds and a hint of mountain peaks in the distance. The descent again was generally gentler than on previous days. Nearing the floor of the hanging valley the trail bends to the right and gently climbs around a series of points, mostly along a boulder strewn track.

Around the last bend is the Twära viewpoint overlooking the valley. St Niklaus can be seen below but the majestic Naderhorn, Lenzpitze and Dom across the Matter Valley are hidden from view..

Soon after the viewpoint the trail descends another 500m along a fairly steep dirt track to Jungen where a cable car can whisk you down the last 828 meters to St Niklaus. After days of knee crushing descents we opted for the cable car. It only holds 4 at a time so there can be a wait.

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PictographMountain hut Altitude 6,010 ft
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Mountain hut

PictographWaypoint Altitude 6,030 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 6,037 ft
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Waypoint

PictographRiver Altitude 6,247 ft
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River

PictographTree Altitude 6,516 ft
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Tree

PictographPanorama Altitude 6,949 ft
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Panorama

PictographIntersection Altitude 7,057 ft
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PictographFlora Altitude 7,293 ft
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Flora

PictographPanorama Altitude 7,421 ft
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Panorama

PictographIntersection Altitude 7,464 ft
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Intersection

PictographFlora Altitude 7,671 ft
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Flora

PictographFlora Altitude 7,694 ft
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Flora

PictographWilderness hut Altitude 7,743 ft
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Wilderness hut

PictographPanorama Altitude 7,881 ft
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Panorama

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,196 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,353 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,750 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,032 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,134 ft
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Waypoint

PictographLake Altitude 9,163 ft
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Lake

PictographPanorama Altitude 9,482 ft
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Panorama

PictographPanorama Altitude 9,485 ft
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Panorama

PictographInformation point Altitude 9,488 ft
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Information point

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,449 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,802 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,612 ft
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PictographMountain pass Altitude 8,596 ft
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Mountain pass

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,573 ft
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Waypoint

PictographPanorama Altitude 8,533 ft
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Panorama

PictographPicnic Altitude 8,520 ft
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Picnic

PictographLake Altitude 8,294 ft
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Lake

PictographRuins Altitude 8,110 ft
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Ruins

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,094 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,081 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,176 ft
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Waypoint

PictographPanorama Altitude 8,196 ft
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Panorama

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,176 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,130 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,136 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,143 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,051 ft
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Waypoint

PictographTree Altitude 7,661 ft
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Tree

PictographIntersection Altitude 7,408 ft
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Intersection

PictographPanorama Altitude 7,402 ft
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Panorama

PictographIntersection Altitude 7,090 ft
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Intersection

PictographWaypoint Altitude 7,080 ft
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Waypoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 7,028 ft
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Waypoint

PictographIntersection Altitude 6,752 ft
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Intersection

PictographPanorama Altitude 6,509 ft
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Panorama

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