Eiger to the Matterhorn
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
- Walk amidst the breathtaking high Alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland and Zermatt
- Discover the magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley
- Experience an overnight stay in a traditional mountain refuge
Excellent value. Our price includes:
- 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation (6 nights en-suite)
- One night in a twin room at the mountain refuge
- 6 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
- International Mountain Leader
- Transport and luggage transfers
- Cable car lift to Oeschinensee
We stay at a number of small, family-run hotels and one mountain hut. At the mountain hut we aim to be in twin-bedded rooms, but the bathroom facilities are shared. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag – the hut provides duvets and blankets.
Dinner is included for the first three nights in Lauterbrunnen and for the night at the Trift Hut above Zermatt. In most instances it will be a set meal featuring local dishes of the region. Dinner is not included in Kandersteg or Zermatt, but there are good restaurants in both towns.
A picnic lunch is provided on all walking days: each member of the group carries part of the picnic ingredients and we make it up when on the hill.
Hotel Oberland (nights 1, 2, 3)
Fuhren, CH-3822 Lauterbrunnen Tel: +41 (0) 33 855 1241
Hotel Alpina (night 4)
Aeussere Dorfstrasse 92, CH - 3718 Kandersteg Tel: +41 (0) 33 675 12 46
Hotel Tannenhof (nights 5, 7)
Family Wittmer-Biner, Englischer Viertel 3, CH – 3920, Zermatt Tel: +41 (0) 27 967 31 88
Trift Hut (night 6)
Hugo Biner, 3920 Zermatt Tel: +41 (0) 79 408 70 20
Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
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.
Day 2: Lauterbrunnen – Stechelberg - Murren
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 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.
Day 3: Holdrifall and Talbachfal waterfalls
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.
Day 4: Kandersteg and Lake Oeschinensee
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.
Day 5: Kandersteg - Zermatt
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.
Day 6: Trek to Trift mountain refuge
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).
Day 7: Hike under the North face of the Matterhorn
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.
Day 11: Departure day, Zermatt – Geneva
Free leisure time until your transfer to the airport.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors.
We offer British Airways flights from Heathrow to Geneva. Regional connections are available (supplement applies).
Independent travellers can normally join our transfer. Contact us for details.
Dates & Prices
|16 Jul 2017||XDLDW - Eiger to the Matterhorn - Without Flights||7||£1,599.00||Book Now|
|3 Sep 2017||
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|3 Sep 2017||XDLDW - Eiger to the Matterhorn - Without Flights||7||£1,599.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single rooms: on request
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person