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. In the beginning you follow a small road and it is pretty well signed. Nevertheless, 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 as you do.

The trail windles up in the shadow of the steep north wall of Eiger. It is quite an impressive feeling and a bit scary feeling.

We did this hike in the end of June so there was still snow at some parts and we also crossed some streams. Like always you have to pay attention when walking on snow across a stream. Any minute the snow might have melted enough to fall down. Let the first person cross before anyone else goes. About halfway up you pass by a typical very charming swiss farm.


Approaching the end of the Eiger Trail there is a rather steep ascent before you reach a ridge and then it is not far before you arrive at Eigergletscher. From there you can choose to take the train back down or walk back down. Two of us decided to walk down again and we chose to walk along a small unpaved road. Up at Eigergletscher there are a few restaurants there. Not the best restaurants in Grindelwald but well enough to fill you with some energy.


Like always the weather changes quickly in the mountains. We had really nice weather on our hike up and while having lunch but 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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