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.
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
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. www.hoteloberland.ch
Hotel Alpina (night 4)
Aeussere Dorfstrasse 92, CH - 3718 Kandersteg Tel: +41 (0) 33 675 12 46
The Hotel Alpina is centrally located but quiet. The village centre is a 5-minute walk, and the local bus stop is a 1-minute walk away. All rooms have shower or bath, WC, satellite TV, radio and hairdryer. The use of the pool and gym at the partner hotel Alfa Soleil are also included during your stay. Free WiFi, billiards and table football are available in the lounge. www.alpina-online.com
Hotel Tannenhof (nights 5, 7)
Family Wittmer-Biner, Englischer Viertel 3, CH – 3920, Zermatt Tel: +41 (0) 27 967 31 88
The family-run Hotel Tannenhof enjoys a quiet location right in the centre of Zermatt, only a few minutes from the cable cars to the Matterhorn Ski area. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All rooms are non-smoking with private facilities. www.rhone-web.ch/tannenhof/home_e.htm
Trift Hut (night 6)
Hugo Biner, 3920 Zermatt Tel: +41 (0) 79 408 70 20
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. http://www.zermatt.net/trift/en/
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 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.
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. 8 miles (13km), with 2,600 feet (800m) of ascent and descent.
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.
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 8: 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.
A group transfer is included in the price for those who have booked the “with flight” option. If you are travelling independently but would like to use this transfer, please contact our Reservations team for details.
Start: For those who have booked our “with flight” holiday, a coach transfer from Geneva Airport direct to your first accommodation is automatically included. A representative of our partner agent will meet you upon arrival and direct you to your transfer.
Finish: Similar arrangements apply. A coach transfer to Geneva Airport will be arranged to connect with the HF Holidays flight.
Please note that these transfers will be timed to connect with the HF Holidays’ flights. We cannot make separate arrangements for guests arriving/departing at different times.
Arrival day - transfer departs from Geneva Airport (details to be confirmed )
Departure day - transfer arrives at Geneva Airport (details to be confirmed)
If you are travelling independently, please re-confirm these timings, 2 weeks prior to departure.
Dates & Prices
|16 Jul 2017||XDLDW - Eiger to the Matterhorn - Without Flights||7||£1,599.00||Book Now|
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- 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation (6 nights en-suite)
- One night in a twin room in a traditional mountain refuge
- 6 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
- International Mountain Leader
- Transport and luggage transfers
- Cable car lift to Oeschinensee
Prices are per person
- Single rooms: on request
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person