UNESCO Hut Trekking - from Jungfraujoch to Grimselpass
Enjoy 4 days in the high mountains! Your tour begins in the impressive Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site, at the head of the longest glacier in Europe, the Aletsch Glacier. You’ll circumnavigate the highest Bernese peak, the Finsteraarhorn, and climb to the top of the Oberaarhon at 3631m where you will be rewarded with views of at least 24 different 4000ers. Glacier crossings, mountain huts, and pristine alpine scenery make this multi-day tour a memorable mountain adventure.
No prior mountaineering experience is needed for this tour, but it is only recommended for experienced hikers who are comfortable with long hiking durations 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 Tour (4-6 participants)
|CHF 1095 per person|
|1-3 people||CHF 4095 per group|
|4-6 people||CHF 1095 per person|
To book a private tour please contact us:
|Day||Elevation +||Elevation -||Kilometers||Walking time|
|1||150m||750m||8.5km||approx. 4 hours|
|2||700m||450m||5.5km||approx. 4-5 hours|
|3||600m||400m||8.5km||approx. 4-5 hours|
|4||500m||1400m||10km||approx. 5-6 hours|
Day 1: Journey to Jungfraujoch and descent to the Konkordia hut 2850m
Meet your guide at the Jungfraujoch, tour some of the attractions together and then make your way to the mighty Aletsch Glacier. Begin your hike to Konkordiaplatz. Enjoy panoramic views and a short break on the wide glacier surface. At this point in your journey you will be standing on top of ice roughly 800 meters thick- the thickest glacier surface in Europe. Reach the metal staircase and access the Konkordia hut, where you will settle in for the night and enjoy evening alpine views.
Day 2: Via Grünhornlücke 3280m to Finsteraarhornhütte 3048m
After a hearty mountain breakfast, you will descend the stairs back to the glacier. At this location, the Konkordiaplatz, four different glaciers converge. You will climb to the Grünhornlücke via the Grüneggfirm and then take a short break to marvel at the impressive Finsteraarhorn, the highest mountain in the Bernese Alps at 4272m. Cross the Fiescher glacier to reach the sunny terrace of the Finsteraarhorn hut.
Day 3: Ascent over the Galmi glacier to the Oberaarjochhütte 3256m
The third day begins with a leisurely start. First you will descend to Rotloch, where the Fiescher and Galmi glaciers meet. You will then ascend to the Oberaarjoch and take the stairs to access the Oberaarjoch hut on a small rocky ledge above the glacier.
Day 4: Highlight of the week: Ascent of the Oberaarhorn 3631m
On the final day you have the option to climb the Oberaarhorn at 3631m. If you do not want to complete this part of the tour, you may relax at the hut. Depending on conditions and group size, your group may be divided, and some guests will have already made this summit the previous day. Views from this remote peak are extraordinary. Standing at the top, at least 24 4000-meter peaks come into view. After your summit experience, climb over the Oberaar glacier and along the Oberaar reservoir to reach a mountain house. Take a cab over the Grimsel pass to Meiringen, where this multi-day tour comes to an end.
|Season||Mid-June - September|
|Departures for official tours||See "Closest Bookable Dates"|
|Departures for private tours||Private tours can be booked daily|
|Meeting point||10:45am coffee bar at Jungfraujoch|
- Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
- His or her expenses
- 3 nights in bunk room with half-board
- Tea for the next day
- Your expenses
- Rental equipment
- Costs for a taxi if needed (guests pay for the guides share)
Here you see what kind of footwear you need for this tour. If you have bought new boots, we suggest you try them out on an easy hike before undertaking a tour.
Sneakers and simple trekking shoes are NOT allowed. You have to bring solid hiking or mountaineering boots. If they are cramponproof that would be good, but they don’t have to be.
- Warm, functional clothing
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Mountaineering or hiking pants
- Beanie or headband
- Extra underwear and socks
- 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
- Ice axe
- 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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