Bernese Alps “Eiger Trek”
Alps / Switzerland
7 Days Inn to Inn on marked trails in the shadow of the glaciated peaks of the Swiss Alps from Interlaken via Grindelwald, Kandersteg to Gstaad.
Bernese Alps “Eiger Trek” Highlights
- The Swiss Alps at their best!
- World class glacier views everyday
- Charming Inns – no dorms
- Eiger (Ogre), Moench and Jungfrau
- 5 famous resort town en route
- Oeschinen: The prettiest lake in the Alps
- Excellent public transport
- Quick access from Zurich airport
This is for good reason one of the Alps’ super classic treks. A week of hiking in the shadow of the Eiger and many of the famous glaciated peaks of the Swiss Alps. Contrasting high level panoramic trails are the quaint resort villages that we will be passing through: Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Muerren, Kandersteg and finally Gstaad. With the excellent train system, participants get from and to Zurich Airport in three hours. Your luggage can be sent by train to Gstaad or Kandersteg mid-trip.
We have chosen quaint, family owned hotels in the valleys as well as three charming mountain inns – no dormitory sleeping on this trek! On most days, a mountain train, gondola or the public bus helps to bridge some of the size-able vertical gains and drops on this trek. In short, a must-do trip for any fit hiker.
This itineraryoffers quite a few options and especially in early and late season, when some of the higher passes of the trek are still snow covered and involve some exposed sections with fixed cables and chains, we recommend the guided departures. For strong, experienced hikers and from early July – early September we also offer this itinerary self-guided.
Given that most nights we lodge in quaint towns or villages, the trip can easily be shortened our you could pick certain sections of the itinerary, especially if you choose the self-guided option.
Bernese Alps Eiger Trek / Switzerland
Meet in our hotel in beautiful Interlaken at the Thuner Lake, about 1.5 hrs by train from Zurich Airport
Meeting with your guide, trip briefing and train ride to Schynige Platte (1980m). Now comes what makes this trip one of the most famous hikes in Switzerland: Amazing vistas of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau while hiking by quaint little mountain tarns all the way to the First Gondola. We descend the easy way into Grindelwald for lodging in our Hotel. Approx. walking time : 6 – 7 hours (Ascent: +800m. Descent: -1200m)
In the shadow of the famous Eiger North Face, we climb all the way to the Kleine Scheidegg (2061 meters). Long descent to Lauterbrunnen via the spectacular Truemmelbach Cascades. Gondola ride to Murren (1650m). Overnight in Murren. Approx. walking time : 5 – 6 hours ( +600m. -1200m). The day can be shortened by using the the cog train from Kleine Scheidegg for part or all of the descent.
Amazing views again today on our route via the Sefinenfurgge (2612m). Conditions allowing, we take the high level traverse below the Gspaltenhorn to the quaint high pasture farm of the Bundalp (1840 m). Approx. walking time : 6 hours ( +800m. -800.)
A sustained climb takes us to the Hohtuerli Pass (2750m) where yet again an amazing view opens up onto the glaciers of the Bluemlisalp range. Our descent takes us past yet another high point of this trek: The Oeschinen Lake, which as some people say, the prettiest lake in the Alps. A gondola ride shortens our descend into the village of Kandersteg for lodging in our hotel with an opportunity to access our luggage. Approx. walking time : 7 hours ( +1000m. -700m).
Gondola ride to Gemmi Pass (1834m) makes for an easy start to the day. Beautiful high level walk with views all the way to the high peaks of the Valais Alps including the Matterhorn. After arriving at the Chindbetti Pass (2691m) and descend to the quaint alpine pastures of Engstligenalp (1950m) for lodging in a mountain lodge. Approx. walking time : 6 hours (+750 . -1100m.)
Short climb to the Ammertenpass (2445 m) with the option to climb a little peak face to face with the glaciers of the Wildstrubel. Now comes a long and at first challenging descent into the Simmen Valley. Another short pass traverse takes us to the charming and historic Iffigenalp Hotel. Approx. walking time 7 hours, +900 m , – 1300m.
The Grand Finale: Through a beautiful nature reserve passing the Iffigenlake we descend all the way to the Lauenen Lake. Bus or taxi ride the famous resort town of Gstaad or Rougemont, where we lodge in one of the older hotels in town. Approx walking time 5 hrs, + 500m, -1000m
Departure after breakfast with excellent train connections either back to Zurich or onto Geneva or Zermatt.
Detail and Logistics
Meeting Point/Closest Airport
Meet on the first day of the trek at 8AM in our hotel in Interlaken, which can be conveniently reached by train from Zurich airport in about 2 hrs.
Climate, Weather, Temperatures
High season for all mountaineering and hiking in the western Alps is early July through mid September but the trek is also possible in June and October with the higher risk of finding adverse conditions. Day time temperatures can vary between 30C (86F) in the valleys to -5C (23F) on clear mornings, when we start our day from a high level hut, all depending on the time of year.
Services Included in the Total Price
Guiding by a certified Hiking guide and all guide expenses, 5 nights double room with breakfast in 2-3 star hotels, 3 nights double room with half board in mountain lodges / hotels, luggage transfer Interlaken to Gstaad.
Additional Trip Services Available
Additional luggage transfer to Grindelwald and Kandersteg
Airport shuttles from Zurich airport (2 hrs drive)
Hotel Upgrades to 4 and 5 star level in Interlaken, Grindelwald and Gstaad
Single room supplements: Please refer to posted prices in the left sidebar
Air fares, lunches, drinks, 5 dinners, cost for gondolas and mountain trains (about CHF 200 without the Swiss Half-Price Card), train travel to interlaken and from Gstaad.
Any additional cost due to changes in the itinerary, may they be caused by weather, mountain conditions or personal preferences.
Can I Do It?
Strenuous but non-technical trail hike with up to 8 hrs hiking (up to 6 miles (10 km), maximum of 3300 ft (1000 m) vertical gain on some of the days. Trails vary hugely from forest roads to narrow trails with steep drop offs that are secured with fixed ropes or chains for hand railing on short sections. The trek includes three high pass traverses with sustained uphill and downhill sections, which could be hazardous if the trail was snow covered of frozen, which can happen any month of the season but more so in June, September and October. In case of adverse conditions, easier variations are available and so is a detour to the day’s destination by public transport.
What are the Hotels / Mountain Lodges like? Rooms? Showers? Food Choices?
All nights will be spent in private rooms. We have chosen small family-owned hotels at the two and three star level in the resort towns. The mountain lodges / high pasture farms are spectacularly located and also offer private rooms, however the showers are shared.
In the mountain lodges, we have booked a half board dinner and dietary preferences can be accommodated to a large extent. In the Hotels in the resort towns, we will be eating in restaurants “a la carte”.
Do I need to pay a single room supplement if I sign up as a single hiker?
Not necessarily! If you do not mind sharing a room with a fellow hiker, we generally do NOT charge you the single room supplement but try to team you up with another guest or a the guide. This rule does not apply to self-guided itineraries as all those trips tend to be custom departures.
MULTIDAY HUT TREK (No ferratas)
1. Technical Equipment
• Sturdy, waterproof leather trekking / hiking boots
• Backpack (35-45 liters)
Some have built-in rain covers (Deuter backpacks).
Rain covers can also be bought separately.
Otherwise bring a big plastic (garbage) bag as an inside liner for your backpack.
• Collapsible trekking poles ( One pole is recommended)
We suggest using the ‘layer system’: Light technical clothing that doesn’t take much space
in your backpack and dries quickly if sweaty or wet.
Layers can be put on and taken off fast if weather conditions change during the day.
• Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
• Wind and waterproof over pants with side zippers (Gore Tex or similar)
• Hiking or Mountaineering pants (Schoeller or tightly woven cotton fabric recommended!)
• Light-weight hiking shorts
• Fleece or heavy jacket
• Medium weight fleece sweater
• Long underwear or running tights (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
• Undershirt – preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
• Warm socks for mountaineering / hiking boots (wool/synthetic outers)
• Warm hat, covering your ears
• Pair of warm gloves (warm finger gloves sufficient)
• Gaiters (light weight and short, when traveling early or late season)
• Sun hat
• Bandana (optional)
3. Hut lodging (if included in the program)
• Very light youth hostel sleeping bag or thin sleeping bag liner for the huts for sanitary
reasons (lightest is silk, weighing less than ½ pound). Wool covers or duvets are provided by the huts
• Light hut slippers (optional). Some huts provide a limited selection of slippers.
• Very Small towel
• Alpine Club card (if you happen to be a member)
• Ear plugs (optional but very useful)
4. Other Items
• Rain cover for backpack (unless already built into backpack) Otherwise bring a big
plastic (garbage) bag as an inside liner for your backpack or pack everything that
needs to stay dry in plastic zip-lock bags.
• Spare underwear, socks
• Clothing and shoes for hotels / B&B in the evening
• Sun glasses (with good UV protection)
• Sun screen and lip protection
• Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter or Camelback
• Light head lamp or torch (for bathroom visits at night)
• Blister kit (optional)
• Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.)
• Personal items (prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses, etc.)
• Pocket knife or Leatherman (optional)
• (Health) insurance documents
• Zip-lock bag for wallet and other documents to keep them dry (recommended)
• Camera, batteries (optional)
• Compass, maps and GPS optional
Bernese Alps “Eiger Trek”
- Up to 8 hrs/day hiking time
- Up to 3600 ft vertical
- Marked Hiking Trails
- High Mountain Passes
- “Hand railing” on two exposed trail sections
- Lots of up and down
- Light multi-day packs
Bernese Alps “Eiger Trek”
9 Days Trip,
7 Days Trekking
Self-Guided and Custom Trips: Almost Any time!
Shorter trip durations possible!
June 3 – 11
June 10 -18
June 17 – 25
June 24 – Jul. 2
July 1 – 9*
July 15 – 23*
July 22 – 30*
July 29 – Aug. 6*
Aug. 12 – 20*
Aug. 19 – 27*
Aug. 26 – Sept. 3
Sept. 2 – 10
Sept. 9 – 17
Sept. 16 – 24
Sept. 23 – Oct. 1
Sept. 30 – Oct. 7
*High season surcharge applies
Guided Bernese Alps “Eiger Trek”
Self-Guided Bernese Alps “Eiger Trek”
at 2 Participants. Lower price if larger Groups.
US $312, CA $405
€ 272, £ 244
High season surcharge:
US $144, CA $186
€ 126, £ 113
Includes: Guide & guide expenses (for the guided departures!), 5 nights hotel, 3 nights mountain huts, 3 dinners, 8 breakfasts, luggage transfer Interlaken to Gstaad (for the guided departures).
Not included: Airfares, lunches, drinks, dinners for 5 nights while lodging in towns and villages, gondolas or mountain trains, transport to/from Interlaken and Gstaad.