The Eiger (3970m), the Mönch (4107m), and the Jungfrau (4158m) - the notorious trio of the Bernese Alps, site of mountaineering legends and tragedies, where the great Aletsch Glacier unfolds to the south, the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys to the north. The Jungfrau was our destination on this day.
We began our journey on the first train from the charming town of Lauterbrunnen, changing in Kleine Scheidegg to board Europe's highest railway, an audacious engineering marvel begun in 1898, which bores through the mountains to reach a station constructed on the Jungfraujoch (3,454 m (11,332 ft)) between the Mönch and the Jungfrau. The cogwheel train with its belle époque atmosphere is a tourist attraction and there are many more tourists than mountaineers filling it to capacity.
The Jungfrau is not a long course or even a very difficult one, but it's not lacking in menacing crevasses and seracs. This winter we climbed the mountain and skied down. This time, the descent was by air with stunning aerial views of the Jungfrau, the Mönch, the Eiger as well as the valley down to Lauterbunnen where our journey began.