High Route of the Oberland Bernes
This high route is placed in the heart of the Swiss region of Oberland, where some of the biggest peaks and glaciers in the Alps can be found, being the Eiger in its flag because of the story of its north-face conquer, quite visible from Grindelwald.
We can highlight that it’s the first alpine massif, with mountains above 4,000 metres, Aletschgletscher, the longest glacier and the deepest one. A good shelter infrastructure allows to make this journey comfortably, being able to climb every day to a summit, among them some with more than 4,000 metres, if we want to.
- Stage 1: Jungfraujoch Rack railway -Monchsjoch shelter 3.629 m
Description: We will take the rack railway in Grindenwald that goes through the amazing Eiger’s north face. A short approximation (1 hour) will take us to the shelter.
Ascension: Mönch 4.099m
Positive slope: 645m (with the ascension to Mönch)
Negative slope: 449m (with the ascension to Mönch)
Time: 1h until the shelter, 5h with the ascension to Mönch
- Stage 2: Monchsjoch shelter 3.629m – Finsteraarhorn shelter 3.048m
Description: We start the journey by descending the Ewigschneefald glacier, then wee ascend until the Fieschersattel col (3.923m), where we will have to take off our skis in the last 100 metres because of the slope and we descend via the Walliser-fiescherfirn glacier until Finsteraarhorn shelter by making, possibly, the best descent of the journey.
Ascension: Hinter-Finsteraarhorn 4.025m
Positive slope: 850m
Negative slope: 1.452m
- Stage 3: Finsteraarhorn shelter 3.048m – KonKordia shelter 2.850m
Description: From the shelter we descend until the glacier and we climb to Wyssllomen 3.590m. Great descent until the glacier and then climb to the Grunhornlucke col 3.279m and descent to Konkordia shelter.
Ascension: Wyssnollen 3.595m
Positive slope: 1.070m
Negative slope: 1.268m
- Stage 4: Konkordia shelter 2.850m – Hollandia shelter 3.235m
Description: We will cross the glaciers crossroad to climb the Kranzberg Sud. A three-hour ascension will take us to the summit through a ridge that we can traverse with our skis on. We will descend again until the glaciers convergence to start the climb to the Lötschenlükle col, next to where our shelter is placed.
Ascension: Kranzberg Sud 3.666m
Positive slope: 1.400m
Negative slope: 1.015m
- Stage 5: Hollandia shelter 3.235m – Fafleralp 1-778m
From the Hollandia shelter we will climb to the Äbeni Flue through the glacier with the same name to descend until the shelter. From there we will continue the descent through the Langgletscher glaier until the village of Fafleralp 1.770 m
Ascension: Äbeni Flue 3.962m
Positive slope: 727m
Negative slope: 2.422m
- Ratio: 6 participants per guide
- Dates: March-May
- Duration: 5 days
- Difficulty: MBEA, S3 (If it is planned without the hard climbs it's an easy glacier journey, BE, S2)
- Price: From 450€/pax
- Things included:
IFMGA High mountain guide service, shelter booking, guide’s technical and security material.
- Not included:
Transports Fafleralp-Grindelwald,cable cars, shelter and accomodation expenses, both from the client and the guide and the expenses of the trip to Grindelwald (about 500 € per person)
Mountain skiing materials (skis, boots, furs, blades, poles), personal security material (2 technical ice-axes, crampons, harness, Arva transceiver, shovel, probe, climbing lanyard, 1 security snap hook and helmet), adequate clothes for high mountain and cold (gore-tex or similar jacket and trousers, 2 pairs of thermal socks, helmet or balaclava, thermal underwear and change, two pairs of gloves, sun and blizzard glasses, 40-50 litres backpack, water bottle, attack food (sweet and salty), isotonic drink, suncream, head torch and extra batteries, toilet bag and a light sleeping bag.
*If you don’t have some of this technical materials, ask us about availability.