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

Trip Level

This trip is Level 5+, Strenuous, and good hiking experience is essential (no climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary). Most hiking is between 4,000 and 9,100 feet, with a good bit of up-and-down hiking (often 3,000- to 4,500-foot gain or loss in elevation) during the 5-8 hours on the trail each day. On Day 5 we hike across the Aletsch Glacier at an elevation of about 11,500 feet. Our support vehicle will transport the group’s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle).

At lower elevations the trails are usually packed dirt, but at higher elevations they are often much rockier and steeper, with occasional sections of glacial snow, loose scree, and large boulders. On some days you will encounter short sections of narrow trails with exposure. Your experienced mountain guides are very safety conscious and are there to assist you if needed on the few tricky parts that you will come across on the trail.

We strongly urge you to “train up” for your trip. These are challenging hikes, so you must be in top physical condition. (Of course, you are always free to skip a day’s hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle, which transports the group’s luggage from day to day.) The best training for hiking is hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise (stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill). It’s important to take time to build up muscle and endurance prior to your trip. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule at least a couple of months before departure. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and thoroughly broken-in.

We spend our nights in a mix of comfortable small and larger hotels, many of them historic. Although the rooms in our alpine hotels and inns are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Lunches will be in mountain huts, restaurants, or will be carried as picnic meals, and most evenings we have dinner at our hotel. Vegetarians please note: we will try to accommodate dietary needs as best as possible, but it is a good idea to bring along protein bars and other supplements.

Luggage space is limited in our van, so we ask that you restrict your luggage to one piece, plus your daypack. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Weather

Temperatures are likely to reach the 60s and 70s during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. At night, the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. The months we visit the Alps are the optimal ones, but the weather can be fickle and it can range from blue skies to cloudy, wet, and cold, making rain gear and warm garments necessary. A down jacket is not necessary, although some people may like a down vest to don over sweater or jacket. We are likely to experience a full range of weather conditions. Be prepared!

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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