Glacier trekking Bernese Haute Route

Over the longest glacier in the Alps (CH) | 4 days

This spectacular high mountain crossing will take you from the eternal ice along the most famous Bernese Oberland peaks to the magnificent alpine meadows in the Grimsel region. The famous trio of alpine peaks – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – will grace the view. On this route you’ll be right in the midst of it all and will experience the high mountains firsthand. The glaciers are easy to traverse.

Technique
intermediate

Partly marked route, sure-footedness and experience of mountain hiking required; Terrain: moderately steep with short steeper, exposed sections, partly secured with chains/ropes (T2); Alpine technique: experience is not necessary

Condition
beginner–intermediate

Duration from 4 to 6 hours, up to approx.1,000 vertical meters, approx. 250 vertical meters per hour.

Group

3-10 participants per mountain guide

Meeting place

8.00 a.m. Intelaken Ost train station (train arrival 7.58 a.m. Intelaken Ost). Continuation of the journey to Jungfraujoch 8.35 a.m.

Departure

approx. 3 p.m. Grimselpass

Note

We have already reserved the train from Intelaken Ost to Jungfraujoch. But each guest has to buy his own train ticket separately (train departure Intelaken Ost 8.35 a.m.).

The offer is held in German. Therefore, a basic understanding of German is important. Our mountain guides have a basic knowledge of English and can provide the necessary information in English. Often there are helpful guests on the tours and courses who are happy to help with the translation.

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Services
included
  • Guiding and supervision by a mountain guide
  • Accommodation with half board: 3 x hut (base camp)
  • 15% discount on mammut.com
not included
  • Travel to the course
  • Transport (Jungfraubahn rail journey from approx. CHF 60 per person)
  • Glacier equipment CHF 75.- (climbing harness, ice axe, crampons)
  • Snacks and drinks, a CHF 12 per night (approx.) hut tax for non-SAC members
Program

Day 1 Arrival at Jungfraujoch. Welcome, information about the itinerary and distribution of rental equipment. You’ll head over the mighty Jungfraufirn – framed by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks – to the mighty Konkordiaplatz. Here, the Jungfraufirn, Ewig Schneefäld, Grüneggfirn and Grosser Aletschfirn glaciers flow together to create a 900-meter-thick ice sheet, forming the Great Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps. To top it all off, you’ll take the airy stairway up to the Konkordia Hut. (Distance: 9.0 km. Duration: 3-4 hours. Ascent/Descent: 150/650 vertical meters)

Day 2 As the first rays of sun hit the Fiescher Gabelhorn peaks on the right and those of the Grünhorn on the left, you’ll see that the brochure wasn’t exaggerating in saying you’d get a wholly different perspective of the mountain world on your trekking tour. The steady ascent on the Grüneggfirn to the Grünhornlücke (3,280 meters) is easy to manage. A stunning view opens up onto the mighty Finsteraarhorn (4,273 meters), the local mountain for tonight’s stay. You’ll make yourself at home at the cozy, modern Finsteraarhorn Hut. (Distance: 7.0 km. Duration: 5 hours. Ascent/Descent: 500/300 vertical meters)

Day 3 Today's itinerary surely won’t let you down, with spectacular views over the Valais peaks and, of course, the Matterhorn. You will descend to Rotloch along the Fiescher Glacier, where the Fiescher meets the Galmi Glacier. Then it’s over the Galmi and Studer Glaciers, to get to the Oberaarjoch Hut. This hut is reached via an iron ladder. If you're still up for it, you can climb the local mountain, the Oberaarhorn (3,639 meters). This magnificent panoramic mountain can be easily reached in about 1½ hours via the south face. Otherwise, you can just chill out in the hut and take in the mountain air from the sun terrace. (Distance: 10.0 km. Duration: 6-7 hours. Ascent/Descent: 700/500 vertical meters)

Day 4 The next morning you'll travel over to the Furka and Grimsel area, which is much flatter than the Valais side. You’ll ascend by rope over the Oberaar Glacier to the Oberaarsee reservoir, and from there to Grimsel Pass, where you’ll find a cozy mountain lodge. Here you’ll commune over coffee and cake, before everyone's paths diverge once again. (Distance: 11.0 km. Duration: 6-7 hours. Ascent/Descent: 150/1000 vertical meters)

equipment
Rental equipment

Our mountain guide will bring the ordered rental equipment to the meeting place. The following equipment can be rented:

  • Climbing harness with 1x safelock carabiner
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons with ABS
Technical equipment
  • Climbing harness with 1x safelock carabiner (or 2x screw carabiners)
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons with ABS
  • Backpack approx. 30l with rain cover
  • Gaiter (optional)
  • Telescopic trekking poles with snow baskets (optional)
Clothing
  • 1x Hardshell jacket and pants (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x Mountaineering or trekking pants
  • 1x Soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x Down jacket
  • 1x Short/long functional underwear
  • 1x Cap/headband and 1x hat
  • 2 pairs of gloves (1 thin pair, 1 warm, windproof and waterproof pair)
  • 1x Functional socks and 1x spare socks
  • Hiking shoes or mountaineering shoes (at least ankle-high, hard sole)
Overnight cottage
  • Own toiletries, ear plugs if required
  • Clohtes to wear in the hut (Minimum)
  • Slipper socks are at the hut
  • Sleeping bag liner made of silk or cotton (for hygienic reasons)
  • Pillow (60x60)
  • Protective masks (2 masks for each overnight stay)
  • Sanitizer
  • Towel
  • SAC/Alpine Club member card (if avalaible)
Food
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hut
  • Tea an lunch must be brought or can be bought at the hut
  • Snacks (e.g. energy bars, dried fruit, dried meat)
Various
  • Sunglasses and ski goggles
  • Sun cream and lip cream (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare travelcard (if existing)
  • Thermos flask made from break-proof material
  • Headlamp or flashlight with new batteries
  • Small medicinal supplies for personal requirements
Available, guaranteed execution
05.08. - 08.08.2021
Tourguide
Erich Anderhalden
duration: 4 days, Thu-Sun
state: available
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CHF 969.00
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