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Eiger Trail

Eigergletscher, Switzerland

The Eiger is the stuff of legend and one of the world’s classic mountains for climbers with its dramatic north face dominating the view over the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. The Eiger Trail is a six kilometre walk between the Eigerglestcher and Alpiglen with stunning panoramas of the Monch and Jungfrau, and is easily achieved in a day.

The walk can also be extended by walking on from Alpiglen to Grunewald (6km) or by walking to the Eigergletscher from Kleine Scheidegg (5km). This is a charming and stunningly beautiful walk through the high mountain pastures of Grindlewald, and alpine flowers in season. Gentians and even edelweiss grow at these high levels.

There are imposing walls of scree and the sound of cowbells in this idyllic setting which really shows off the very best of Switzerland and with lots of potential places to have a picnic. Along the way are isolated mountain huts, a waterfall, lakes and the odd goat. In summer there may even be patches of snow along the mountain walk. At the end of this trail are reminders in the form of memorial cairns of those who did not make it safely off the Eiger.

 

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