Guidebook

Eiger, Jungfrau and More : Climb the Grindelwald Giants

The classic alpine climbing routes on the most famous peaks in the Bernese Oberland!

Description

Ask any mountain enthusiast to name the 3 most famous mountains in Switzerland and you can be sure that the Eiger will be on the list. The nearby Mönch and/or Jungfrau would probably feature too. The Eiger is a peak known primarily for it's legendary north face but the mountain's summit has become one of the most sought-after in Europe, regardless of which route is used to get there.

This guidebook details how to climb the Eiger via its classic route - other than the north face that is - the Mittelegi ridge. It's a beautiful and staggeringly exposed ridge which will test your head for heights and your all round mountain skill set. Elsewhere in here you'll find the classic routes on the nearby Mönch, the legendary Jungfrau and 2 lesser known but equally deserving summits - the Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn.

Some of the peaks in here are fabled, legendary summits, others are hidden gems but all are utterly spectacular mountains, encapsulating what Swiss alpinism is all about.

If you're looking for a bit of a warmup before get started on this list, check out our 4 day glacier trek though the Bernese Oberland. It's the perfect way to get some fitness and acclimatisation in (as well as checking out how conditions are looking) before you get started on the Eiger and co!

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12045/a-gorgeous-4-day-glacier-trek-through-the-bernese-alps

Approach to the Mittelegi Hut
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Approach to the Mittelegi Hut

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren
1.6 km
238 m
This hut approach is an alpine route in itself, to an amazing hut in an outrageous location
Difficult
Private
Eiger traverse - Mittelegi Ridge and S Ridge descent
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Eiger traverse - Mittelegi Ridge and S Ridge descent

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren
6.3 km
878 m
One of the very best routes in the Alps, on a legendary peak
Difficult
Private
Mönch South-east Ridge
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Mönch South-east Ridge

Bernese Oberland
5.0 km
637 m
A true classic up a staggeringly well positioned peak.
Difficult
Private
Jungfrau, SE Ridge
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Jungfrau, SE Ridge

Bernese Oberland
6.6 km
1,024 m
A significant mountain, frequently underestimated due to the excellent lift access
Moderate
Private
Approach to Schreckhorn Hut
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Approach to Schreckhorn Hut

Bernese Oberland
3 - 4 hrs
7.7 km
1,275 m
133 m
A long but very beautiful approach to a remote hut
Difficult
Private
Schreckhorn SW Ridge
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Schreckhorn SW Ridge

Bernese Oberland
9.3 km
1,731 m
A complicated approach followed by a great route on lovely red rock
Difficult
Private
Approach to Gleckstein Hut
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Approach to Gleckstein Hut

Bernese Oberland
2 - 3 hrs
4.4 km
915 m
82 m
A beautiful hut approach from the valley floor, one of the few nearby mountain huts where people do not take a ski lift first.
Difficult
Private
Wetterhorn via the Willsgrätli
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Wetterhorn via the Willsgrätli

Bernese Oberland
5.5 km
1,366 m
An enjoyable route (on slightly variable rock) to a fine summit with fantastic views
Difficult
Private