Hiking Adventures to the Jungfrau Massif and North Face of the Eiger

Overview

Hike the high trails of the Jungfrau region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its beauty and rich cultural traditions. Our adventure brings us great views of the awesome North Face of the Eiger from the famous Eiger Trail, and we’ll cross some of the most majestic alpine passes in the Alps. Our overnights are spectacular, including one in the famed hotel right at the foot of the Eiger, the perfect perch for our hike into the sublime Lauterbrunnen Valley. We’ll enjoy “hiker’s hikes” each day and atmospheric villages each night, including Grindelwald, Mürren, and Kandersteg. If you love stunning hikes and alpine splendor, this is the adventure for you!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Lucerne / Meiringen / Grindelwald / Kleine Scheidegg

We hike winding trails up to Surenenpass (7,560') with a descent to Engelberg (3,248'), a classic village beneath ice-crowned Mt. Titlis, stopping en route at a summer hut where delicious cheese is made. Hiking a balcony trail along the Gental Valley, we drop down to genteel Meiringen, a great spot for our hike to the Tierbergli Hütte for glacier views—or a rest day if you prefer! A tram carries us up to the hamlet of Alpiglen for our hike along the dramatic Eiger Trail. We overnight at the turn-of-the-century hotel right on the pass in Kleine Scheidegg (6,760'), the early “base camp” for climbers attempting to scale the Eiger. It’s beautifully remote and a very special treat.

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Days 7-8
Lauterbrunnen / Mürren

We hike down into the breathtaking Lauterbrunnen Valley, a glacial ravine traced by waterfalls and enclosed by sheer cliffs. Our charming hotel in Mürren has a great restaurant and fantastic Jungfrau views—from the terrace, we’ll enjoy a wonderful sunset on this world-famous peak and its snow-capped comrades.

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Days 9-11
Sefinenfurke Pass / Kandersteg

Panoramas are breathtaking as we hike over dramatic Sefinenfurke Pass (8,600'), with a spectacular descent into the end-of-the-road hamlet of Griesalp. Our final hike brings us up to Hohtürli Pass and past glaciers to surreal Lake Oeschinensee, set in an amphitheater of cliffs. Depart on Day 11.

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Highlights

Highlights

Challenging hikes and stunning views of the North Face of the Alps, including the mighty Eiger
Hike the sheer-sided Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the Alps
Explore mountain-ringed Swiss villages, from Engelberg and Mürren to Kandersteg
Cross Hohtürli Pass to descend past icefalls and glaciers to majestic Lake Oeschinensee
Enjoy the ancient alpine heritage and chalet architecture of the Jungfrau region
Overnights in lovely hotels, including a historic inn below the Eiger

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6895  
Arrive: Lucerne, Switzerland
Depart: Kandersteg, Switzerland
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and mountain inns
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

10 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes up to 9,120 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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