Alps Eiger to Matterhorn Trek

A Classic Trail Across the Iconic Swiss Alps

 

Trek through the Swiss Alps on a spectacular route that links the alpine gems of the Eiger (13,015') in Grindelwald to the Matterhorn (14,692') in Zermatt. Spanning Oberland, the "Land Above," and the Valais, this is a delightful journey of contrasts. Hike between serene mountain pastures that echo with cowbells and the wilder, rockier landscapes where chamois and ibex roam. Soak up the Bernese and Pennine Alps, staying in villages like the picturesque Mürren, serene Kandersteg, and far-flung Bundalp. Discover the quintessential Switzerland with its soaring mountains, green valleys, idyllic meadows, and flower-filled chalets that offer true alpine hospitality.

  • Trek a classic six-day route through the majestic Swiss Alps, from the great Eiger to the famed Matterhorn

  • Pass through storybook Swiss villages, including Mu¨rren and Zermatt, and stay in charming chalets

  • Follow the lead of expert alpine guides as you challenge yourself on this epic mountain adventure

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Arrive:

Geneva, Switzerland

Depart:

Geneva, Switzerland

Price: from $5,295

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

On this trek you will be hiking up to 10 hours a day, at elevations of up to 8,890 feet. The trails are often rocky, making this a challenging experience. To enjoy, you need to be in an excellent physical condition and have a similar previous experience of hiking in the mountains.
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  • Arrive in Grindelwald in the Shadow of the Eiger

    Day 1

    Arrive at Geneva International Airport and transfer by private van to Grindelwald (3,392') in Switzerland's Bernese Alps. This postcard-perfect alpine village is a popular outdoor destination year-round. Dominated by the northern face of the Eiger in the backdrop, Grindelwald is the perfect entry point to the ultimate Alps adventure. Check into the hotel and enjoy some down time or explore the area before the welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kirchbul

    Situated in a calm setting amidst the towering Swiss Alps, this hotel offers very cozy chalet-style accommodations. Travelers can look out onto the UNESCO Heritage Jungfrau Aletsch, and enjoy delicious Bernese cuisine with high quality ingredients from the region. It was recently rated in the top 10 for "Best Family Hotels in Switzerland". The spa is impeccable with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and bubble bath along with an indoor pool and fitness center. Hotel Kirchbuhl is a wonderful place to refresh the body and spirit!

    Transportation: 3-hour private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Trek to Kleine Scheidegg Pass & See the Waterfalls of Trummel Gorges

    Day 2

    Start the day with a cable car ride to the trailhead in Holenstein. Then follow trails through forests and meadows, skirting the impressive Tschuggen (6,722') mountain guided by the views of the Eiger Nordwand, the infamous northern face that was inaccessible until 1930. Start your descent from the 6,757-foot Kleine Scheidegg alpine pass. Nature turns up in full splendor at Trummel gorges, where over 70 glacial waterfalls thunder into the Lauterbrunnen valley below. From the valley, walk along the 'white river' of Weisse Lutschine, to your hotel in the pretty, car-free village of Murren.

    Accommodation: Hotel Alpenruh-Murren, Switzerland

    In the car-free resort of Murren in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, this small hotel oozes traditional charm. Most of its 26 cozy rooms come with balconies that showcase stunning views of iconic mountain peaks. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel free of charge, and there's a restaurant on site that serves traditional Swiss fare.

    Activity: 9 miles/7.5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 2,500 feet and elevation loss of 3,700 feet

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Soar Among the Bernese Alps on a Hike from Murren to Bundalp

    Day 3

    From Murren, embark on the North Face Trail of the famous Alpine Pass Route that spans Switzerland. Take in glorious views of the Bernese Alps, lush green meadows and meandering streams, then hike up a steep path to the dazzling Sefienenfurka ridge at 8,568 feet. Descend over a steep and rocky trail to the remote Bundalp village at 6,036 feet, marveling along the way at strange rock formations, sparkling glaciers, and plunging ravines. Stay at a working farm in Bundalp, right in the verdant Kiental Valley.

    Accommodation: Mountain Inn Bundalp

    Part of a working farm, the cozy and rustic Mountain Inn Bundalp offers deep insights into alpine living in remote mountains. Electricity is provided by hydropower, the food served is locally grown, and the family that runs the farm also operates a small cheesemaking business. The accommodations are simple and authentic, as is the experience.

    Activity: 12 miles/9-10 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 4,400 feet and an elevation loss of 3,600 feet

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb Barren Hohturli Pass & Descend to Kandersteg

    Day 4

    Continue along the Alpine Pass Route over the rocky Hohturli Pass at 8,869 feet, down to the quiet Kandersteg by the Kander River. This the most challenging hike of the trip, with trails that are barren and steep, yet replete with mesmerizing views of the stark, high and wild sceneries. Hiking down, admire the turquoise Oeschinen Lake that sparkles among rocky cliffs. Descend by gondola to Kandersteg at 3,560 feet, one of the most idyllic hamlets in Switzerland towered over by the Blumisalp massif.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bernerhof

    The historic Hotel Bernerhof occupies a prime spot beneath the Blumlisalp, Kandersteg's local mountain. All 45 rooms come with balconies as well as amenities like bath/shower, TV, and Wi-Fi. The cozy restaurant serves both international and Swiss dishes, and the spa is well-equipped, featuring an experience shower, sauna, soft steam bath, ice grotto and wellness Kneipp pools.

    Activity: 9 miles/7-8 hours hiking with an elevation gain and loss of 3,890 feet

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to the Pennine Alps

    Day 5

    Take a gondola to Sunnbüel and start walking along the serene Daubensee Lake towards the 7,616-foot Gemmi Pass, believed to have been in use as a route since the Bronze Age. Enjoy the first glances of the Valais Alps (Pennines) and the glittering peaks of the Dom, the Matterhorn, the Weisshorn, and the Dent Blanche. Hike down on an impressive path carved into the cliffs, overlooking the town of Leukerbad at the head of the lovely Dala valley. Wave goodbye to the Bernese Alps and stay in the canton of Valais.

    Activity: 8.5 miles/5-6 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet and an elevation loss of 2,900 feet

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Europaweg Trail

    Day 6

    Cross the Rhone River Valley by bus to arrive to the trailhead in the village of Randa, perched at 4,245 feet. Through the forests, ascend to the well-known Europaweg trail that connects Grachen and Zermatt; it is considered one of the most beautiful hikes in the Alps. Soak up the scenic panoramas and cross the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps, nearly 500-meters long and hanging at 85 meters above the chasm below. Stay in the petite village of Tasch.

    Accommodation: Hotel Walliserhof

    Enjoy classic alpine family hospitality at Hotel Walliserhof, surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Rooms have en suite bathrooms, hairdryer, phone, free wi-fi, and TV. The property features an on-site restaurant and bar, and spa area with swimming pool, steam room, and sauna.

    Activity: 6 miles/5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3,260 feet and an elevation loss of 3,000 feet

    Transportation: 40-minute private bus ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Admire Sky-High Peaks on Your Way to Zermatt

    Day 7

    Today, climb along a forested path to arrive to the green valley of Taschalp at 6,600 feet, where you will reconnect to the Europaweg trail. Along the way, admire the grand Weisshorn peak, the picturesque village of Tash, and the ultimate highlight of the area, the Matterhorn. Arrive to Zermatt in the afternoon on foot, just like the pioneers of alpinism. Settle in and later get together for the farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    The Hotel Bella Vista is a beautiful family owned and operated accommodation near the Matterhorn. With magnificent views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, this hotel has a beautiful aura. Travelers can enjoy coveted "Cheese Evenings" and unwind with wine and fondue in the onsite restaurant, which also offers a variety of delicious homemade specialties. The property also boasts an eloquently designed spa, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking amidst the beautiful alpine scenery. Each room is nicely designed with wood furnishing and comfortable bedding, creating a cozy environment complimented by the very quiet outside surroundings.

    Activity: 8 miles/6.5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 2,600 feet and an elevation loss of 2,100 feet

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to Geneva & Depart

    Day 8

    After breakfast, hop on a private minibus and transfer to Geneva International Airport. Alternatively, take a train from Zermatt to other destinations in Switzerland or Europe on your own. Flights departing from Geneva this day should be scheduled after 2pm.

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Alps Eiger to Matterhorn Trek

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading epic adventures in the Alps since the 1970s.

Reason #02

Our hand-selected alpine guides are true local experts with decades of guiding experience in the Alps.

Reason #03

We ensure that your experience the Alps like a local on an itinerary designed for active travelers who prefer an authentic experience.

Meet your guides

Laurent Langoisseur

Laurent Langoisseur

Laurent hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. Laurent has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Alps trips, he has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times! When he isn't guiding for MT Sobek, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides. During the winter, he's a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

Florence Simond

Florence Simond

A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area's oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, "Flo" spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers and her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains and will share her enthusiasm and in-depth experience with you during your trip.

Activities

Full days of hiking and trekking with stops to rest, picnic, or marvel at the views.

Lodging

Charming family-run inns and alpine hotels with well-appointed rooms and regional cuisine, plus a night's stay in a rustic farmhouse.

Climate

Mountain weather can quickly change from warm to cold and wet or windy. Snow is possible at the higher passes. Come prepared for everything.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

A MT Sobek representative will meet you in the arrivals hall of the Geneva International Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm and 2:00pm on Day 1.

How basic is the Bundalp Auberge on the third night?

Pretty basic. Guestrooms are very small and lacking in amenities. There is little privacy. This is an authentic mountain adventure!

What type of equipment will I need to bring?

Proper ankle-high, waterproof hiking boot, a daypack large enough to carry your all weather layers, and trekking poles!

Can you accommodate a gluten-free diet?

While Switzerland is known for delicious breads and pastas, with advance notice, we can accommodate most diets, including gluten-free.

Who is this trip perfect for?

People who love to hike! This is a trip designed for outdoorsy people who are more interested in mountains and nature, than city tours.

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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 23 - 30, 2023
    $5,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$700 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 13 - 20, 2023
    $5,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$700 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Private Trip Pricing:

2023 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.