• UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Overnight in a mountain hut
  • Walk on a glacier

Aletsch Glacier Hike

The Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in Europe, winding an impressive 23km from the famous peaks of the Jungfrau Region down to the Valais. This massive ice flow, shredded with deep crevasses, lined with moraines, and surrounded by 4000m peaks, lies in the heart of the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site.

On this unforgettable 2-day tour, hikers with no prior glacier experience have the opportunity to safely explore this natural wonder and spend an evening at the spectacularly situated Konkordia Hut. This exclusive offer, including round-trip transportation, is suitable for guests who have a good head for heights, surefootedness, proper hiking gear, and fitness for 6 hours of hiking.

Quick Facts

 2 Days
 Fitness Level: Basic
 Experience Level: Beginner
 Includes round-trip train ticket
 Groups of max. 8 people
Visit the Jungfraujoch
 Overnight stay at the Konkordia hut

from 395 CHF

from 395 CHF

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Tour Details

  • Fitness Level: Basic
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Minimum age 14 (official groups)
  • Guests over 75 please contact us before booking

No prior mountaineering experience is needed for this tour, but it is only recommended for experienced hikers who are comfortable with hiking durations of up to 6 hours with a backpack. You are an experienced mountain hiker and comfortable with varied terrain. This tour will include passages over hills, rock, ice, water, and crevasses. There are no trail tracks, and it is assumed you have surefootedness for steep descents and narrow ascents, including an ascent of a long metal staircase.

We hike in a group as a roped team and adapt to the weakest participants. Please bear this in mind if you are accustomed to a faster hiking pace.

Group Tours (5-8 participants)

Adults including round-trip train ticket CHF 540 per person
Children (or adults with half-fare-card)
including round-trip train ticket
CHF 470 per person
Adults excluding round-trip train ticket CHF 395 per person
   

Private Trips

To book a private tour please contact us:

0041 (0)33 224 07 01

info@clutteroutdoor.ch

This package includes round-trip transportation and all services of the tour (a professional guide, an overnight stay with half board, and transportation tickets). You conveniently pay for everything by purchasing the “Guided Aletsch Glacier Hike by OUTDOOR” at one of the following train stations:

Interlaken Ost, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald or Wengen

The round-trip transportation is valid from the station you purchase your ticket from. This will be your starting and ending point. E.g.: Interlaken Ost – Jungfraujoch – Fiescheralp – Interlaken Ost

If you are arriving by car, we advise you to park at Interlaken Ost.

Please allow extra time at the train station if you are planning to purchase your roundtrip ticket on the morning of the tour. Tickets can also be purchased from 2pm on the day before the tour at the stations listed above.

If you have a GA or do not need the entire round trip, we recommend you purchase transportation individually and pay for the tour costs (guiding and overnight hut stay) directly with us by credit card.

Private groups of 5+ can purchase the all-inclusive package from the stations. Private groups of 1-4 must purchase their transportation separately, and pay for tour costs with our Outdoor team.

Seat reservation

From the Eigergletscher train station, guests with seat reservations have priority. It is important that you take the 10:15 train from Eigergletscher and board in the section with seats reserved for “Aletsch Glacier Hike Outdoor”. If you take an earlier train, we will not have seats reserved for you, and it is possible you may have a longer wait.

 

Day Elevation + Elevation - Kilometers Walking time
1 150m 750m 8.5km approx. 4 hours
2 150m 650m 12.5km approx 5-6 hours


Day 1: Hike from Jungfraujoch 3454m to Konkordiahütte 2850m.

Meet your guide at the Jungfraujoch and proceed to the glacier where you will form a roped party and begin your hike. At around 11:15am you will start hiking over the Jungfraufirn towards Konkordiaplatz. Before you cross the huge glacier surface, you will take a break in the middle of the glacier and enjoy a refreshment from your backpack. After crossing the glacier, you will exit by way of a metal staircase, which leads you to the romantically situated Konkordia Hut. Enjoy unbelievable views from the front of the hut as the sun sets over the mountains.

Day 2: Hike over the Aletsch Glacier to Fiescheralp

You will wake up early the next morning, eat breakfast, and prepare for the day. Leave the hut to the south and take the mountain path to the glacier. Hike along the middle moraine to the point where the enormous glacier slopes off to the right. Here you will leave the ice and continue along the alpine trail, where a quick glance back brings your entire hiking path from the Jungfraujoch into view. The last part of the hike leads you along the Märjelesee and over blooming alpine pastures to Fiescheralp. Have lunch from your backpack, or from the sun terrace of Hotel Alpina, before descending by cable car to Fiesch around 2pm. Journey home by way of Interlaken Ost in the late afternoon (arrival around 5pm).

Season June - October
Departures for official tours Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Departures for private tours Private tours can be booked daily.
Meeting point 10:45am at the coffee bar at Jungfraujoch

 

  • Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
  • His or her expenses
  • 1 night in bunk room with half-board
  • Tea for the next day
  • Technical equipment (crampons, harness, poles)
  • Round-trip ticket (optional)

  • Your expenses
  • Snacks

The Konkordiahut is a modern hut of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and was built on a rock ledge above the glacier. The hut was recently renovated, however it cannot be compared with the standards of a hostel in the valley. There is a huge logistical effort to make your stay as comfortable as possible. All food and fuel must be transported by helicopter, and water sources are scarce. The water is laboriously melted from the snow and cannot be wasted. For this reason, there are no showers and toilets cannot be flushed.

The night camps are equipped with quilts and wool blankets, so you do not need to bring a full sleeping bag, but for hygienic reasons we suggest you pack a light silk sleeping bag liner to sleep in. Slippers are available in the hut, so you do not need to bring extra shoes.

If you are a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance so we can inform the hut.

Here you'll find the kind of footwear you need for this tour. If you have purchased new boots, we suggest you try them out on an easy hike before undertaking a longer tour.

Sneakers and simple trekking shoes are NOT allowed. You must bring solid hiking or mountaineering boots. It is helpful if your boots have a hard sole suitable for crampons, but it is not mandatory.

Footwear examples for Glacier Hikes

Backpack

  • 25-30l

Clothing

  • Warm, functional clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Mountaineering or hiking pants
  • Sunhat
  • Gloves
  • Beanie or headband
  • Extra underwear and socks

Footwear

  • Hiking boots or crampon proof mountaineering boots

The basics

  • Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
  • Thermos flask, drink bottle
  • Silk sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscrean lotion and lip balm (minimum factor 30, 50 better)
  • SAC/DAV permit (if you have one)
  • GA or Half Fare Travelcard (if you have one)
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)

Technical Equipment

  • Harness (included in trip price)
  • Crampons with anti-sno plates (included in trip price)
  • Hiking poles (included in trip price)

Route

General Information for Mountaineering School

Our team is here for you. If you have any questions, please contact us or visit us in our shop in Grindelwald. We are happy to help!

OUTDOOR - Mountaineering School Grindelwald

Dorfstrasse 103
3818 Grindelwald
Switzerland

0041 (0)33 224 07 01

info@clutteroutdoor.ch

Trip status for group courses

1-2 days before your tour or course we will review the weather forecast and conditions with the mountain guide to determine if we can operate. We will contact you by phone with an update.

Minimum of participants (group tours)

As soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, we will send you a confirmation by email.

Cancellation

If we have to cancel your tour, you have the option to reschedule to a new date, or you will receive a full refund.

Equipment

Please refer to the equipment list for your tour or course. At our shop in Grindelwald, you can purchase technical equipment, mountain clothing, shoes, and backpacks. We also have technical equipment available for rent.

Clothing

Choose functional clothing that is moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Dress in layers so you can easily react to temperature changes. The range at our shop in Grindelwald is tailored to mountain tours and our expert staff are happy to advise you on the best clothing for your tour or course.

Lunch

Lunch is not included in the offer. We recommend bringing bars, dried fruits, nuts, or a sandwich. The amount you will need to drink depends on your individual needs and the length of the tour. We recommend .75 -1.5 liters of water, warm tea, isotonic drinks, or whatever you prefer. We also recommend that you hydrate enough the day before, so your body is well prepared for the tour.

Huts

A mountain hut is not a hotel. Running water is not guaranteed and electricity is not available everywhere, so it is not always possible to charge batteries or phones. If you have special dietary needs, please inform us in advance so we can make arrangements with the hut.

Safety

Our tours and courses are led by IVBV certified mountain guides or mountain guide aspirants. We prioritise your safety by requiring regular training to ensure our guides have relevant, up to date knowledge. Outdoor is certified by the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU) and our safety and emergency concepts are audited by this organization annually.

General terms of contract

Our General Terms and Conditions apply. 

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