The northern part of the High Swiss Alps contains one of nature’s most stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites1, the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn region. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a world-class mountaineer to access close-up views of this important geologic record. You can enjoy the beauty of its uniquely varied flora and fauna in different habitats, along with the geology, and more, as part of a guided hiking tour from Alpine Interface.
Expanded in 2001 to include up to 82,400 ha.2 (203 acres), this site contains the largest glacier in all of Eurasia, the Aletsch, which illustrates clearly how the Alps themselves were formed. Thanks to early efforts at preservation dating to 19332, the area is one of the most pristine natural zones in the Alps. The monumental Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks demonstrate to every visitor the power of ancient geologic forces. Some early scientific observations of glaciers in the area date back to the 12th century, providing a priceless record for comparison and documentation of climate change over time.2
Beautiful Views and Tasty Pastries
Today, an Alpine train ride conquers the intimidating North Face of the Eiger, taking tourgoers to one of the amazing hiking destinations during Alpine Interface’s Bernese Oberland traverse. Starting from Meiringen, the town where Sherlock Holmes met his fictitious death, the route traverses meadows of wildflowers and famous sites like Grindelwald and the Eiger Bahn. Hikers are rewarded with gourmet meals and menus that include Alpine cheeses, organic soups, and homemade pastries. Expert local guides share their understanding of the local history and natural wonders, leading visitors past a series of hanging glaciers, then down through larch and fir forests, to conclude the adventure of a lifetime.
1. UNESCO World Heritage Convention. UNESCO. Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Web. 17 Jun. 2014.
2. UNESCO World Heritage Convention. UNESCO. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Web. 17 Jun. 2014.