Eiger to The Matterhorn Guided Trail

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,999pp with flights

Discover the magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley and experience an overnight trek to a traditional mountain refuge. The Eiger and the Matterhorn are two of the most recognisable and infamous mountains in the world. Both have magnificent, steep north faces and have witnessed many mountaineering feats of heroism and tragedy. Our trip makes a journey between the two enabling you to see two very different alpine regions – the Bernese Oberland and the high mountains of the Valais. We take hikes that see waterfalls, rivers, lakes, forests, meadows and the highest peaks in Switzerland. It is picturesque chocolate-box country with pretty villages, flowers and high pastures where you may see goats or ibex grazing.

Holiday Highlights

  • Superb hiking amongst chocolate-box scenery of switzerland
  • Seeing two iconic mountains - Matterhorn and Eiger
  • Stay one night in a mountain hut in the heart of the high mountains

What’s included

  • All transport and luggage transfers
  • Experienced IML Guide
  • Full Board en-suite accommodation*
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 evening meals
  • Cable car lift to Oeschinensee

*1 night in a twin room at a mountain refuge with shared shower and toilets

Trip Notes

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50 miles with 7-10 miles and up to 2,600 feet of ascent in a day.

Transfer to our hotel in Lauterbrunnen at the entrance to the magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is a classic glaciated valley with towering cliffs and 72 waterfalls – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The small town has a few restaurants, bars and outdoor equipment shops.

Hotel Oberland - Eiger to the Matterhorn

This friendly, family run hotel is in the centre of Lauterbrunnen, only a 5 minute walk from the train station, not far from the famous “Staubbach” waterfall. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities, hairdryers and TV. Free 24 hour WIFI throughout the hotel and free tea and coffee making facilities are available in the sitting room on the 1st floor.


After breakfast we walk along the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Stechelberg – this is a 6km walk along the valley bottom and gives a real feel for the enormity of the surroundings. We then make our way up through the pretty forest to the picturesque village of Murren perched on high cliffs. The town is car-free and has great views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch and a number of other north-facing peaks. After a picnic lunch we walk back to the valley floor – or if you prefer you can take the cable car down. 12 miles (18km) if you do the full walk – less if you take the cable car down − with 2,750 feet (840m) of ascent and descent. 

Hotel Oberland - Eiger to the Matterhorn

This friendly, family run hotel is in the centre of Lauterbrunnen, only a 5 minute walk from the train station, not far from the famous “Staubbach” waterfall. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities, hairdryers and TV. Free 24 hour WIFI throughout the hotel and free tea and coffee making facilities are available in the sitting room on the 1st floor.


We head up to Stechelberg and then hike towards Trachsellauenen and on to the magnificent waterfalls of Holdrifall and Talbachfal. The walk takes us through the forest and on to meadows. If you prefer you can take an optional excursion to the top of the Jungfraujoch, via the Eiger railway: the line is dug through the Eiger and takes you to the glacier at the top.

8 miles (13km), with 2,600 feet (800m) of ascent and descent.

Hotel Oberland - Eiger to the Matterhorn

This friendly, family run hotel is in the centre of Lauterbrunnen, only a 5 minute walk from the train station, not far from the famous “Staubbach” waterfall. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities, hairdryers and TV. Free 24 hour WIFI throughout the hotel and free tea and coffee making facilities are available in the sitting room on the 1st floor.


We take a short transfer to Kandersteg (1,176m), with great views of the Bernese Oberland and Lake Thun. Kandersteg is a sleepy village, typical of the region, tucked under huge limestone cliffs. We take the gondola lift to gain some height and then walk above Lake Oeschinensee situated at 1,570m. The lake is deep blue and is surrounded by high cliffs. We take a hike high above the lake where there are Alpine meadows, fields of flowers and great views. We then take the long descent, walking back through the forest and meadows to Kandersteg.

7 miles (11km), with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent, and 2,870 feet (875m) of descent.

Hotel Alpina - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The Hotel Alpina is located at the edge of the very pretty, historic Kandersteg village centre. The hotel offers stunning panoramic views of the Blümlisalp and the neighbouring peaks of the alpine UNESCO world heritage site.

 


We transfer to Zermatt. Our journey takes us through the famous Lötschberg Tunnel and then up the long Mattertal Valley. Zermatt is at an altitude of 1,600m and is surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains. The Matterhorn looms above Zermatt and is magnificent from all angles.
Once we have left our luggage at the hotel we will head out for an afternoon hike. We will walk to Winkelmatten and the traditional village of Findeln. Once back in Zermatt you can explore the car-free town at your leisure: you could visit the Alpine museum, the Alpine graveyard or one of the many bars and restaurants.

6½ miles (10km), with 1,475 feet (450m) of ascent and descent.

Hotel Tannenhof - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The family-run Hotel Tannenhof enjoys a quiet location right in the centre of Zermatt, only a few minutes from the cable cars and hiking trails. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities.


We take a stiff walk out of Zermatt through Alpine pastures and then follow a crashing river as we gain altitude. We pass through thick larch forests and on to a steep-sided valley where the Alpine flowers are varied and bright. We take our time as we ascend to admire the views and enjoy this spectacular and varied walk. We reach our destination - Trift Hut (2,337m) - in time for lunch. Famed for its iced tea and generous hospitality, it is a wonderful place to spend the night. In the afternoon, there is an optional walk to climb a peak for 360° views of the huge mountains in this region.

4 miles (6km) with 2,427 feet (740m) of ascent (6 miles (10km) with 3,772 feet (1,150m) of ascent including the afternoon hike).

Trift Hut - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The Trift Mountain Hut has a number of double rooms and a 30 place dormitory, all equipped with duvets and pillows. There are two joint washrooms with cold flowing water and flush toilets. The cost of the use of hot water showers is included during your stay. Towels are not provided so guests will need to bring their own. We suggest a light, compact camping towel. As the Trift valley is 700m above Zermatt, drinks, food, fuel and other goods are transported via helicopter. The Trift Hut is not linked up to the public power supply system. The hall is heated via a wood stove, the food is cooked on a gas oven and the energy for the lighting is produced via a power aggregate and solar power.


From Trift, we have a small climb to Hohbalmen (2,700m) where we are rewarded with the finest close up views of the Matterhorn. The North Face and all the main ridges can be closely observed as we continue along the path. This is wild country with high cliffs inhabited only by mountain sheep and marmots. Our descent takes past a waterfall and then along a wide valley back to the hotel.

10 miles (16km), with 1,475 feet (450m) of ascent, and 3,937 feet (1,200m) of descent.

Hotel Tannenhof - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The family-run Hotel Tannenhof enjoys a quiet location right in the centre of Zermatt, only a few minutes from the cable cars and hiking trails. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities.


Free leisure time until your transfer to the airport.


Eiger to Matterhorn

Hotel Oberland - Eiger to the Matterhorn

This friendly, family run hotel is in the centre of Lauterbrunnen, only a 5 minute walk from the train station, not far from the famous “Staubbach” waterfall. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities, hairdryers and TV. Free 24 hour WIFI throughout the hotel and free tea and coffee making facilities are available in the sitting room on the 1st floor.

Hotel Alpina - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The Hotel Alpina is located at the edge of the very pretty, historic Kandersteg village centre. The hotel offers stunning panoramic views of the Blümlisalp and the neighbouring peaks of the alpine UNESCO world heritage site.  

Hotel Tannenhof - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The family-run Hotel Tannenhof enjoys a quiet location right in the centre of Zermatt, only a few minutes from the cable cars and hiking trails. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities.

Trift Hut - Eiger to the Matterhorn

The Trift Mountain Hut has a number of double rooms and a 30 place dormitory, all equipped with duvets and pillows. There are two joint washrooms with cold flowing water and flush toilets. The cost of the use of hot water showers is included during your stay. Towels are not provided so guests will need to bring their own. We suggest a light, compact camping towel. As the Trift valley is 700m above Zermatt, drinks, food, fuel and other goods are transported via helicopter. The Trift Hut is not linked up to the public power supply system. The hall is heated via a wood stove, the food is cooked on a gas oven and the energy for the lighting is produced via a power aggregate and solar power.

What to Bring

What to Take

 Walking boots are recommended for this trip as they provide the best ankle support and grip. Approach shoes offer appropriate levels of grip and are fine if you’re comfortable with them, but you may have to cross shallow streams and so you will get wet feet. Walking socks suitable for warm weather – major sock manufacturers such as Bridgedale make socks specifically designed for warm weather – just ensure that your footwear fits correctly if you’re used to wearing thicker socks. Good quality windproof/waterproof jacket (with hood) and good quality waterproof trousers are essential at all times of the year. Shorts and T-shirts - lightweight wicking materials are best. Warm fleece and trousers and lightweight hat and gloves. For sun protection please bring a hat, sunglasses and suncream. Fleece or other purpose designed synthetic tops give good lightweight insulation and nylon or cotton trousers can provide unrestricted movement. A layering system is better than one thick top. 

Additional Equipment for Walking

Additional equipment for walking: Rucksack - this needs to be large enough to carry your picnic lunch, drink, waterproofs and spare clothing. A size of 30-40 litres is probably best. A waterproof liner as well as a rucksack cover will keep the contents dry. On the overnight stay at the mountain hut you will need to carry your own kit. Bedding is provided, so you just need toiletries, a towel and a change of clothes. Water bottle - 2 litres is recommended. First Aid Kit - containing plasters, insect repellent wipes, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, blister kit, and medical tape. Spare food - Leaders cannot carry emergency food for the whole party. We recommend that you take some high energy food. Energy bars, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate etc are not included in your picnic so please take supplies, or pick up some en route. Camera + charger Small head torch Trekking poles aid balance and take some of the strain off your knees during steeper descents.

Luggage

Your luggage will travel with you between hotels. Please note that you will be required to carry it yourself and that the hotels do not have elevators. We suggest that you limit your luggage to a manageable size and weight.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

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2020
12 Jul - 19 Jul
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2020
12 Jul - 19 Jul
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Important Information

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  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh. From £139
  • Independent travelers can join our transfer - Please note transfers are timed to meet the HF Holidays flights. Provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
4

7 nights from £1,999pp with flights

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