Grindelwald Guided Day Hike
Hike in the Heart of the Swiss Alps in the Grindelwald – Jungfrau – Eiger Region
Hike on safe, sign-posted mountain trails in a hiking paradise with stunning views of dramatic mountain peaks and glaciers, green pastures and Alpine flora and fauna, often with cow bells clanking all around.
Enjoy panoramic views of the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain peaks.
Three different hikes of 3 to 4 hours each, from easy to challenging, allow everyone, regardless of level of fitness and hiking ability, to enjoy a beautiful day in nature.
Choose your hike on the day according to the prevailing weather conditions and your energy levels:
- Panoramic Hike offers the best views of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau mountain peaks. 4 hours total hiking, 8 miles distance, 700 ft up / 1800 ft down
- Eiger Trail offers stunning views of the Eiger. 3 to 4 hours total hiking, 4 miles distance, depending which way you do this hike it’s either 2200 ft down or 2200 ft up.
- Glacier Walk is very scenic even when the weather is not ideal. 3 hours total hiking, 6 miles distance, 1200 ft up and 1200 ft down.
All hikes are inclusive of transportation with an expert local English-speaking Swiss guide who is happy to answer any questions about Switzerland – the country, its heritage and its culture.
This is a quiet, private, tour where you can learn about the region and Switzerland – while enjoying great Alpine views.
Hikes consist of 3 to 4 hours on safe public sign posted “mountain trails” consisting of gravel, dirt, rocky, wide and narrow trails.
Elevation change: 1200 ft up/down to 2200 ft. up/down – depends upon which hike is selected
June through October.
Meet at the Train Station Lobby at 8:45.
Adult Standard: US $525 per person, based on 2 or more
Adult Standard: US $820 for one person
Adult with Half-Tax Card Swiss or Jungfrau Travel Pass: Standard Rates less US $25 per person
5 or more contact ECHO Trails
All transportation mentioned in the itinerary.
Expert local English speaking hiking guide
Items of personal nature.
What Do I Wear?
What to bring/wear
A bottle of water
Ankle high hiking shoes are recommended but not obligatory
Bring appropriate outdoor clothing
The tour departs rain or shine.
Full refund up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure.
50% refund if cancelled by 6.00 p.m. the day before departure.
No refund on the day of departure.
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Grindelwald Guided Day Hike – Details
Meet: 8:45 at the Train Station Lobby in the center of Grindelwald
Choose your hike on the day in consultation with your guide and according to the weather and your level of fitness. The terrain varies between gravel and rocky to packed dirt trails, and there is an elevation difference of between 1200 and 2200 ft, either up or down, depending on which hike is selected on the day.
The Panoramic Trail Hike
The Panoramic Hike is a medium level hike that offers the best views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain peaks on a 4-hour trail over a distance of 8 miles with an elevation change of 700 ft up and 1800 ft down.
After meeting your guide, relax and enjoy a scenic 30 minute gondola ride to the First summit at 2158 m/6500 ftand enjoy views over the beautiful Bachalp lake. Start your hike by walking up to a summit above the tree-line where you are rewarded with magnificent views, seemingly at eye-level, of the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain peaks. Cows will be grazing peacefully in all weather out on their summer pastures. Enjoy the sounds of their bells while inhaling the incredible Swiss Alps environment. After descending by foot across green pastures, board a local Post Bus for a 30 minute ride back to Grindelwald.
The Eiger Trail Hike
The Eiger Trail is a more challenging hike but completely doable and safe and offers stunning views of the Eiger. You walk at the base of the Eiger peak and look up to its 6,000 ft vertical wall, one of the world’s toughest mountains to climb. It takes 3-4 hours total hiking time over a 4 mile distance, and depending on which way you do this hike, it’s either 2200 ft up or 2200 ft down.
After meeting your guide, board the train in Grindelwald that takes you up to the start of the hike, either at 4800 ft (1615 m) or 7000 ft (2320 m) depending on which direction you decide to hike.
The advantage of hiking up is that you can at the end reward yourself with refreshments at the famous Eigergletscher Restaurant with its direct views over the Jungfrau and Mönch glaciers. But if you feel unsure about hiking up, then the trail going down is much easier and just as spectacular.
No matter which way you hike the Eiger Trail, it’s a classic and you walk in the footsteps of those who have climbed the 6000 vertical feet of the North Face of the Eiger.
For those of you who enjoy reading up in advance of your hike – there are many fascinating books about the Eiger. One of our favorites is “The Eiger Obsession”, by John Harlin III. Read how in 1966 his father, John Harlin II, a Stanford University graduate, former Los Altos/CA resident, focused his energies on climbing straight up the Eiger trailblazing what is known as the “Harlin Route” and which is today one of the classic Eiger climbing routes.
The Glacier Walk
The Glacier Walk is very scenic even when the weather is not ideal. It takes about 3 hours total hiking time over a distance of 6 miles with an elevation change of 1200 ft up and 1200 ft down.
Way back in 1751 a traveler, Johann Altman, wrote: “As soon as you entered the village of Grindelwald you encountered two large glaciers”. Sadly today these glaciers have receded back into the mountain peaks. However on this hike up the Glacier gorge, you will see where the glacier begins and be awestruck by its beauty. And even if the rest of the Jungfrau region is overcast, you will still see jagged alpine slopes and continue to experience the pristine Jungfrau region landscapes.
Meet up with your guide and then take a 10 minute cable car ride to the start of the trail at 4200 ft (1391 m). Follow a signposted trail on narrow stone paths to an Alpine restaurant at 5400 ft (1772 m) with awesome views of the Grindelwald glacier.