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    Carpet of Crocuses on the Rämisgummen Alp

    Schangnau - Wachthubel - Pfyffer - Rämisgummen - Trubschachen

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    Carpet of Crocuses on the Rämisgummen Alp

    Schangnau - Wachthubel - Pfyffer - Rämisgummen - Trubschachen

    Published on 09.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 16.04.2015

    The Rämisgummen is considered one of the most beautiful Alps in the Bern region. It stretches across an area of 130 ha and offers summer grazing for 220 cattle at an altitude of approx. 1200 metres above sea level.

    For only a few days every spring right after the snow melts, the Alp transforms into a vast carpet of thousands and thousands of white and purple crocuses, a natural phenomenon that attracts many flower lovers (especially as they can come by car to just North of the Alp and so avoid all the uphill / downhill on foot!). Apparently the sheer numbers of purple crocuses concentrated in one space such as this is very unique.

    There are many options for hiking to the Rämisgummen Alp, and this version starts in Schangnau at the foot of the Hohgant mountain range, climbs to the top of Mount Wachthubel, and heads North on the Napf “Grenzweg” along the border of the Cantons of Bern and Lucerne. All along the way are panoramic views across the Entlebuch region of Canton Lucerne and the Emmental region of Canton Bern. On a clear day you can see the Bernese Alps just past the distinctive outline of the Hohgant range.

    All along the trail from the summit of Wachthubel to the Rämisgummen Alp there are clearings strewn with crocuses as well, long before reaching the popular vast meadows.

    After lingering in the magnificence of the crocus-strewn meadows, you can refresh yourself with a drink or homemade Rösti at Erika’s guesthouse just off the path to the North, before heading down the sometime gradual but sometime very steep path to the Steibach Valley before emerging just East of the Kambly Cookie Factory in Trubschachen (free cookie samples as a reward for a successful hike!)

    *** Note: Depending on weather, the crocus fields last only for a very few days. You can inquire at the community of Eggiwil at Tel: 034 491 93 93 for the progress of the blooms. Or check the website for Erika's Bergrestaurant.



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    Published on 09.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 16.04.2015

    Route Details 

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    Central Plateau
    Time Required
    4 hours 30 minutes
    15 km
    738 m
    933 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Rämisgummen Alp Crocuses
    Starting Point
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Bergrestaurant Erika, Trubschachen
    Things to Note
    Crocuses flower only for about a week so check ahead about snow conditions etc.

    Route Description 

    ***The direct route from Schangnau to Trubschachen takes about 4 hours. With the detour to Erika's Mountain Restaurant, the tour takes about 4.5 hours.

    00:00 Start in Schangnau and follow the trailmarker to Wachthubel. It is a steady steep uphill walk to the top of the Wachthubel

    01:30 Arrive at the top of Mount Wachthubel. Continue along the Napf Grenzpfad in direction of Vorder Rämisgummen. From here on you should already pass through many clearings with crocuses as well.

    02:20 Reach Pfyffer lookout area (here it joins with the first trail from Eggiwil). Just a short way from here begin the vast hillsides of crocuses. Continue in direction of Vorder Rämisgummen.

    02.30 Reach Hinter Rämisgummen where the trail joins a second trail from Eggiwil.

    02:50 Reach Vorder Rämisgummen. From here you can head directly to Trubschachen or take the 1/2-hour detour (15 mins. each way) to Erika's Mountain Restaurant at Geisshalden.

    From here there are a couple of ways to get to Trubschachen. The main trail along the Napf Grenzpfad has a longer lighter descent with steep sections just before descending to Trubschachen. The other path reaches the steep portion about 30 mins in, and then exits toward Trubschachen along the road at the narrow valley bottom.

    04:00 Reach Trubschachen. Try the free cookie samples at the Kambly factory shop! Opening hours are in the attached link.





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