Glacier tour Clariden
Not only in the Valais and the Bernese Oberland you can find beautiful glacier tours, also Central Switzerland has a lot to offer. The glaciated region around the Clariden is ideal for a magnificent glacier tour. We spend three days in the high mountains with overnight stays in the Clariden and the Hüfi hut. On the way we visit the Planura hut and enjoy the wide glacier areas of the Clariden and the Hüfifirn.
- Fitness Level: Moderate
- Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
You do not need any previous mountaineering experience to participate on this tour but you have to be used to hike about 7-8 hours on an alpine terrain.
Group Tour (4-6 participants)
|CHF 855 per person|
|1-3 people||CHF 3295 per group|
|4-6 people||CHF 855 per person|
To book a private tour please contact us:
|Day||Elevation +||Elevation -||Kilometers||Walking time|
|1||700m||250m||6.5km||approx. 3 hours|
|2||700m||800m||13km||approx. 5-6 hours|
|3||100m||1600m||12km||approx 4-5 hours|
Day 1: Ascent to the Clariden hut 2453m
We meet at Urnerboden at the bottom station of the cable car that takes us to the Fisetenpass. From there we hike to the Claridenhütte. With a piece of cake we discuss the route for the next day.
Day 2: Via Claridenfirn to Planura hut 2940m and down to Hüfi hut 2850m
Today we face the glacier! Early in the morning we set off towards the Claridenfirn. As we climb the glacier towards the Claridenpass, we enjoy the untouched landscape of the Uri Alps. After we have crossed the pass we soon reach the Planura hut, where we take a short rest. But as this is not yet our destination for today, after a little refreshment we continue over the Hüfifirn to the Hüfi hut. Here we end the day proud and happy.
Day 3: Descent to Bristen
"Back to the valley" is today's motto; but it's a tough one, because there are many metres in altitude that have to be done. The trail leads us first steeply up to the Chärstelenbach and then through the very unspoilt Maderantertal valley to Bristen. Our journey home begins with an adventurous post bus ride, during which we review the wonderful experiences of the last few days.
|Season||July - September|
|Departures for official tours||See "Closest Bookable Dates"|
|Departures for private tours||Private tours can be booked daily|
|Meeting point||11:00am Urnerboden cable car station|
- Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
- His or her expenses
- 2 nights in bunk room with half-board
- Tea for the next day
- Your expenses
- Rental equipment
- Costs for cable cars
- Costs for a taxi if needed (guests pay for the guides share)
- Warm, functional clothing
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Mountaineering or hiking pants
- Beanie or headband
- Extra underwear and socks
- Stiff hiking boots or crampon proof mountaineering boots
- Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
- Sunscreen lotion and lip balm (minimum factor 30, 50 better)
- Thermos flask, drink bottle
- Silk sleeping bag liner
- SAC/DAV permit (if you have one)
- GA or Half Fare Travelcard (if you have)
- Earplugs (optional)
- Camera and binoculars (optional)
- Crampons with anti-snow plates
- Hiking poles
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
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.
If we have to cancel your tour, you have the option to reschedule to a new date, or you will receive a full refund.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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