Eiger Trail

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Eiger Trail

Switzerland

The Eiger Trail can be really tough - if you start down in Grindelwald and walk up - or quite easy if you instead take the train up to Eigergletscher and then walk down to Grindelwald. We had a good feeling for hiking in the morning so we started in Grindelwald. 

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Starting/Finishing point

Grindelwald Grund train station or

Kleine Scheidegg/Eigergletscher


Distance

6 km


Length of time

4-6 hours (2-4 hours if you walk down)


Ascent/Descent

+900 metres (-900 metres if you walk down)


Difficulty

Red (Blue if you walk down)


Water along the way

Yes


Shoes to choose

Trail running shoes or hiking boots

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This is a point to point hike between Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald. You can either start in Grindelwald, walking upwards, or take the train to Kleine Scheidegg and then walk down to Grindelwald.

Kleine Scheidegg is a mountain pass at 2,061 metres between the two valleys with the famous villages of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. This hike is also part of the Eiger Ultra Trail, an ultramarathon taking place in this region in the middle of July each year.

If you decide to start in Grindelwald you have a rather heavy ascent for a couple of hundred metres along a windling road passing by houses. It is beautiful all the way but be prepared to take a lot of stops for rest and drinking water, especially if it is warm and sunny.


The starting point of the hike is in the valley below Grindelwald village by the trainstation called Grindelwald Grund. There is also a large parking. You follow a small road and it is pretty well signed. Nevertheless you know that you will going up and you will have the Eiger mountain right in front of you all the way so you will not go in the wrong direction anyway. There will probably be some other hikers along the way also, following the same trail you do.

All along the trail you see the high and dark northern side of the Eiger mountain. It is very beautiful but it also gives you kind of a scary feeling of excitement. A large part of the trail is actually in the shadow of the steep north wall of the Eiger.

We did this hike in the end of June so there was still snow and we had to cross some streams where there was still snow. The trail is very well marked all the way up. About halfway you pass by a farm.


At the end of the Eiger Trail there is another rather steep ascent before you reach a ridge and then it is not far before you arrive at Eigergletscher. From there we walked down to Kleine Scheidegg for lunch. There are a few restaurants there.


Filled with energy two of us decided to walk all the way down again, but this time along a small unpaved road all the way down, while the other two took the train. Just before we arrived in Grindelwald it started hailing and we had to run back home.


When talking about the hike in the evening, we decided that running from the hailing was the funniest thing on that day.

How to get to the Jungfrau region?

It is really easy to get to the Jungfrau region from example Zurich since the trains are super efficient and comfortable.


We have heard there can be delays but that has never happened to us. From Zurich it is a little more than a three hours beautiful railway trip to for example Grindelwald. You change trains once - in Interlaken.

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