Hardergrat, the most dangerous hike?

Hardergrat, the most dangerous hike?

There are so many hikes all around Switzerland for all kind of people and taste. I love hikes with mountain lakes while David loves high alpine hikes with views of mountain tops and surrounding. But we both love adventure! So last year we were very excited when we heard about this 27km long Hardergrat trail that suppose to be one of the most dangerous hike in the world…and the most beautiful!

I wish we knew about this hike before we had Mirabelle. Either we wait for her to get older and give her to someone for a day or we take her along with us now. We decided to try the hike with her.

We knew we couldn’t never do the hike all the way but we wanted to try as far as we could.

Most of the people hike up before dawn from Interlaken to Harder Kulm , via Suggiture and Augstmathorn. They have to sure that they will be able to finish the trail in time to catch the last steam train from Rothorn down to Brienz. More about this trail click here and here. We decided to do the the opposite way. Take the steam train from Brienz to Rothorn.


Just something extra, you can ride the steam train for free on your birthday!! For more information click here.

Photo credit: Here

Photo credit: Here

Photo credit: Here

The weather was not the best. It was cloudy and we didn’t had a good sight of the lake and of the mountains. When we arrived at the Rothorn station we walked around before we walked towards the trail to Halder Kulm. If you change your mind, there are many other wonderful hikes starting from Rothorn station.

Hike with baby Rothorn Brienzersee

Our trail started quickly to be narrow and seeing Mirabelle made me scared for her life so I keep repeating to David that he has to be careful. This kind of trail is not unusual for us but having Mirabelle with us changes everything!

Hike with baby Rothorn Brienzersee

Hike with baby Rothorn Brienzersee

Rothorn Hike with baby Brienzersee

Don’t worry the trail went down behind the ridge…and not on the top as we might think!

From this point on the real stuff start to happen. It’s here you will start to really walk on the ridge!

But I told David that we better do this without Mirabelle to really enjoy it. He agreed so we just had our picnic and then walked down to Planalp where the steam train tooked us down to Brienz.

Hike with baby Rothorn Brienzersee

Rothorn steam train Brienzersee

So this is our first attempt of the Hardergrat trail. Next time we might not do all the way either but hopefully some part of the trail.

Would you guys like to try it? 

UPDATE! We did the hike from Halder Kulm to Augstmatthorn. You can read all about it Here

Augstmatthorn Brienzersee Hardergrat trail

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  • Cory
    Posted at 05:14h, 22 April Reply

    This hike looks amazing! When did you do this hike? Was it recent? I’m visiting Switzerland in 2 weeks and was wondering if it was that green on the hike by now!?

    • Dawan
      Posted at 06:31h, 22 April Reply

      We were there in June last year.I am sorry to tell you that in two weeks it will be to early. The ridge will still be full with snow and the steam trains doesnt operate before 3 june. http://www.brienz-rothorn-bahn.ch/en/experience/railway/timetable.html
      If you want to make sure the best way is to call directly to the tourist information. Othervise there are other beautiful hike at lower altitude. Hope u will enjoy swiss!

      • Cory
        Posted at 00:47h, 23 April Reply

        Ok thank you so much for letting me know!

  • variation15
    Posted at 23:02h, 08 June Reply

    How many miles is it from the Rothorn Station to the place where you left the Hardergrat and walked down to Planalp? And how far is the walk from the Hardergrat down to Planalp? Thank you!

    • Dawan
      Posted at 12:52h, 09 June Reply

      Hi, from Rothorn to the point we walk down to Planalp was not very far, about 2km. From that point if you are not walking down, its where you start to walk on the rim. And from there to Planalp is about 3-4 boring km down…I dont recommend this hike. Most of the people start the other way. I recommend to take the train to Harder Kulm and start from there. If Rothorn is to far, you can walk all the way to Augstmatthorn and then walk down to Habkern then take the train back to Interlaken.
      Look it up. We are doing this option this summer with our daughter on the backpack…perhaps this weekend already!

  • Augstmatthorn, a part of the Hardergrat trail. | FamilyEarthtrek @familyearthtrek
    Posted at 09:55h, 13 June Reply

    […] Not very long ago I wrote a post about an amazing hike at the Hardergrat. We gave it a try but realised quickly that it was not possible with our toddler sitting in a backpack on her dad’s back. You will understand why if you click Here. […]

  • ashwin
    Posted at 08:47h, 06 July Reply

    That’s a great post, I’m wondering which side is more spdectacular, the Brienz side or the Harder Kulm side, I don’t want to do the entire hike, just a part of it(maybe upto 4 hours). From the photos the Brienz side looks more spetacular, but I would realy like to know which one is better(views wise).

    • Dawan Schneider
      Posted at 09:03h, 06 July Reply

      Hi, we just did recently the hike from Harder Kulm…and walked down from Augstmatthorn. The walk on the ridge itself was very short so a bit disappointed. I belive if you really really want the most wow moment you will need to go further! Or start from Rothorn because it seems as from we left the hike started to seems very intressting! You can read about our hike to Augstmatthorn here: http://www.familyearthtrek.com/2017/06/12/augstmatthorn-a-part-of-the-hardergrat-trail/

      • ashwin
        Posted at 14:20h, 18 July Reply

        Thanks a lot! Looks like I will start from the rothorn, do as much as I can and come back to Planalp.

        • Dawan Schneider
          Posted at 15:47h, 18 July Reply

          Ok let me know how it went! Have fun!😊

          • ashwin
            Posted at 09:46h, 22 August

            I did walk a little on the trail, I found it pretty scary, largely because it had rained the previous night, several portions were very slippery, and there’s this part where there are free falls on both the sides. Also, the train was washed away in a part so it was a tough scramble. It was fun, but I wouldn’t go for more than 30 minutes on the trail. On the bright side, I saw a huge group of ibex as soon as I descended from the Brienz Rothorn peak, which made my day. So yes, it was worth it, but better done when the ground is dry.

          • Dawan
            Posted at 10:09h, 22 August

            Ohh so you did it even just a small part of it. Did you go further than we did from Rothorn? Yeah not recommended when it has been raining!😳

          • Dawan
            Posted at 10:10h, 22 August

            Btw if you are making a post about it let me know I would be happy to read.

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