Tour du Cervin Day 7 : Saint Nicklaus - Gruben

This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.

Beautiful mountain stage going through a pass by the name of Augstbordpass.

Technical sheet
No. 110108
A St. Niklaus walk posted on 31/03/15 by bernardino. Update : 23/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 9h45[?]
Distance Distance : 9.72mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 6102ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 3793ft
Highest point Highest point : 9436ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3688ft
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : St. Niklaus
Starting point Starting point : N 46.177093° / E 7.801908°
Arrival Arrival : N 46.210435° / E 7.704984°
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Description

Go through Saint Niklaus, and before reaching Jungu cable car station, take (D) the Tour de Cervin trail. The trail, still waymarked White Red White (Blanc Rouge Blanc BRB) is now joined with Alpenpässe-Weg also called Chamonix-Zermatt Walker's route.

Quickly head up through the forest along the gondola lift lines crossing over four times before reaching Jungu hamlet (1).

You'll come across the forest again for a short while before heading uphill towards the pass called Augstbordpass. This long uphill hike heads west, then north-east reaching a change of ridges at high point 2454 (2).

Head north-west then west, overlooking a small lake (often dried up) (3) before coming across a path on the right coming from the farms that you can see from Augstbordstafel. Keep heading west reaching the pass called Augstbordpass (4) along an effortless trail.

Then head down a steep but secure rocky trail, then across an alpine pasture and finally through a forest reaching Gruben valley and the grand Scharzhorn hotel (6).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 3688ft
1 : mi 2.44 - alt. 6411ft
2 : mi 4.18 - alt. 8068ft
3 : mi 5.31 - alt. 8045ft
4 : mi 6.58 - alt. 9436ft
A : mi 9.72 - alt. 5978ft

Useful Information

Water supplies in Jungu and in the streams as with previous days.
You could avoid the hike up towards Jungu by catching a ride on the gondola lift, but would be a shame as it's a pleasant hike and gets you ready for the rest of the day.
I've rated this stage as Very Difficult due to the length and especially the altitude difference.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Jungu is a delightful little alpine hamlet well maintained and equipped thanks to the gondola lift.

(2) At this point, you should take the time to rest and admire the view over the valley stretching from Saint Niklaus to Zermatt and reaching Randa and Tasch villages.

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