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Alps Eiger to Matterhorn Trekking Tour

Oberland 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.

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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.

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Highlights


  • 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

Alps Eiger to Matterhorn Trek

Start: Geneva, Switzerland  End: Geneva, Switzerland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • 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
    Accommodation: Hotel Gletscherblick
    Accommodation: First Lodge

    Transportation: 3-hour private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Trek to Mürren via Kleine Scheidegg Pass & Lauterbrünnen

    Day 2

    Start the day with a train ride to the trailhead in Alpiglen. Then follow the trails through picturesque forests and meadows, guided by the majestic view of the Eiger Nordwand, the infamous north face inaccessible until 1930. Start your descent from the Alpine pass of Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen. From here, a second train transfer will make the long descent into the Lauterbrünnen valley easier. A cable car will take you up to Grütschalp, then you will continue the stage on foot to your hotel in the pretty car-free village of Mürren.

    Accommodation: Hotel Jungfrau

    Activity: 9 miles/7-8 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 2,985 feet and elevation loss of 2,700 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

    Activity: 12 miles/9-10 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3.910 feet and an elevation loss of 3,000 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 is 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
    Accommodation: Hotel Victoria

    Activity: 8 miles/7-8 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3,260 feet and loss of 3,690 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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Dala

    Activity: 10 miles/5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet and an elevation loss of 3,470 feet

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Europaweg Trail

    Day 6

    Cross the Rhone River Valley by bus to arrive at 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, 1,640 feet long and hanging nearly 280 feet above the chasm below. From Tasch, take a 10-minute train ride to Zermatt.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly

    Activity: 7.5 miles/5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet and an elevation loss of 2,800 feet

    Transportation: 40-minute private bus ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Admire Sky-High Peaks on Your Way to Zermatt

    Day 7

    For this last day, Zermatt offers a multitude of hikes to admire the surrounding peaks. Take a beautiful climb through the enchanting forest above the village of Zermatt. Following the beautiful five lakes route, reach the Fluhalp refuge (8,500 feet) in time for lunch. Head back down to Zermatt along the path to the hotel, where a farewell dinner will conclude your journey.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly

    Activity: 8 miles/6.5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3,100 feet and an elevation loss of 3,100 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 2:00 pm.

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


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

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

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

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
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This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

5 to 6 guests from $6,595 per person double occupancy

7 to 9 guests from $6,395 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

5 guests from $7,595 per person double occupancy

6 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

7 to 9 guests from $6,895 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

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.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Inclusions

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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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Laurent L.

Laurent L.

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 S.

Florence S.

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 M.

Beatrice M.

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.

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This trip is rated 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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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

7.5 miles/5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet and an elevation loss of 2,800 feet

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8 miles/6.5 hours hiking with an elevation gain of 3,100 feet and an elevation loss of 3,100 feet

Accommodations


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

Hotel Butterfly
Hotel Butterfly

A part of the Best Western Signature Collection, Hotel Butterfly occupies a quiet location in the center of Zermatt. Alpine-style rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and all come equipped with flat-screen TVs. Guests can unwind at the wellness area with a Finnish sauna, an infra-red cabin and a steam room, and enjoy the on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.

Hotel Kirchbul
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!

Mountain Inn Bundalp
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.

Hotel Bernerhof
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.

Hotel Dala
Hotel Dala

Located near the Gemmi Pass, the comfortable Hotel Dala is a comfortable stay for travelers. The individually decorated guest rooms feature a range of amenities like Wi-Fi, a balcony with great mountain views, and flat screen TVs. The on-site restaurant serves free breakfast, and there are comfortable accommodations that include a sauna and steam bath.

Hotel Jungfrau
Hotel Jungfrau
Located in the car-free Swiss mountain village of Mürren, Hotel Jungfrau is a family run hotel surrounded by lush meadows. Take in views of the magnificent Bernese Alps through large windows in comfortably furnished rooms. Enjoy breakfast on the sunny terrace or in the dining room with a view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Guests have access to a public indoor pool and jacuzzi.
Hotel Gletscherblick
Hotel Gletscherblick
Hotel Gletscherblick sits just above Grindelwald, where guests enjoy panoramic views of the Eiger, surrounding mountains and the town below. From this quiet location, rest in spacious rooms with floor to ceiling windows that open onto balconies with mountain views. The restaurant serves up Swiss specialties and the lounge includes a bar and billiard room for evening recreation. A 10-minute walk takes you down to Grindelwald's shops and cafes.
First Lodge
First Lodge
A quiet and cozy nostalgic tone invites you in to First Lodge, located near the Firstbahn Valley cable car station, not far from Grindelwald. Simple rooms with warm wood paneling, free WiFi, and a seating area offer a restful night's sleep in a traditional style lodge. The comfortable lounge, garden, and sun terrace are the perfect places to relax and enjoy the alpine atmosphere.
Hotel Victoria
Hotel Victoria
Surrounded by a large park, Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria sits in the center of Kandersteg. The original guest house building was constructed in 1789 and has since been expanded and upgraded to a comfortable hotel that pays homage to traditional style, whether rooms are in the original building or a newer addition. The hotel has a variety of restaurants, all highlighting fresh wholesome ingredients.

Weather


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

 
Jul
Aug
Grindelwald 
High
Low
High
Low
Grindelwald
63
55
63
55
Zermatt 
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Low
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Zermatt
69
48
68
48

Know Before You Book


Accommodation
On Night-3 you stay at a rustic farmhouse auberge located on a real farm. This is a very basic accommodation, and might be considered one of the challenging aspects of this trip. You will have a small, private guestroom in a converted loft space located in the barn above the cows. Guestrooms are equipped with a bed, clean sheets, a pillow and blankets, and there is electricity. There are two bathrooms on the lower floor of the barn, and a shower room (with 2 showers) located in the detached main building near the dining room. This is the only available option for this part of the trek.

FAQs


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.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests

Guest Reviews


"A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

Carol & Burt D.
MT Sobek Guest

"We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek."

Dennis G.
MT Sobek Guest