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Private Guided Deluxe Eiger to Matterhorn

Hike from the base of the Eiger on a jaw-dropping inn-to-inn tour followed by hikes from Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn.

Private Guided Deluxe Eiger to Matterhorn

Hike from the base of the Eiger on a jaw-dropping inn-to-inn tour followed by hikes from Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn.

    Support
  • Private Guided,
    Style
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Moderate to Challenging,

The Eiger and the Matterhorn are quite possibly the two most iconic mountains in the Alps. And they are stunning, both of them.

The Eiger anchors the Bernese Oberland – the Swiss Alps of fairytales – a region filled with wildflowers, waterfalls, and quiet trails to remote alpine inns. The Matterhorn highlights the southern Alps, a region packed with the highest peaks in Switzerland and the best hotels in the Swiss Alps. We do this trip in style, with private guided hikes, 4-star hotels and 1st class train travel. You’re going to love it.

Your private guide is ready to explore these areas with you. On our private Eiger to the Matterhorn tour, you start with a fantastic inn-to-inn hike through the famous Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau region and finish with 2 luxurious nights in Zermatt, at the foot of the incomparable Matterhorn. You get off-the-beaten-path in the Bernese Oberland, as we take you to some of our favorite areas, and indulge in a bit of the good life along the way.

As a private tour, we offer this deluxe version, with fabulous 4-star hotels and 1st class rail.  Hiking by day, deluxe hotels, gourmet meals and a fine wine at night. With a private guided tour, you won’t need to worry about a thing. It’s the perfect combination.

 

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    Length
  • 8 days, 7 nights
    Departures
  • Jun 1 – Sep 30, 2023
    Cost
  • $4790 8+ People
  • $5090 6-7 People
  • $5690 4-5 People
  • $6990 2-3 People
  • $650 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Day 1-2

Grindelwald and Eiger

The hike from Grindelwald on the Eiger trail is always a highlight, surrounded by waterfalls, a huge rock wall, and general awesomeness. The Eiger North Face towers above. Enjoy gourmet meals and a deluxe room at night.

Days 3-5

Tschingelhorn and Murren

Next we hike through the waterfall-filled Lauterbrunnen valley to a cozy inn tucked away at the far end of our favorite valley. It’s like walking back in time, simple and authentic.  Then we hike to car-free Murren, a paradise in the mountains, surrounded by trails and views.

Days 6-8

Zermatt and Matterhorn

Finally we hop on a scenic Swiss train to Zermatt, the one-of-a-kind mountain village at the base of the powerful Matterhorn. Enjoy a luxurious stay in our favorite 4-star hotel and explore the myriad trails of the Matterhorn region.

Included

Your tour will be led by an experienced Alpinehikers guide, with guided hikes daily. All transfers to and from trailheads are included. You’ll stay 6 nights in deluxe 4-star to 4-star superior hotels and 1 night in a cozy mountain inn. All breakfasts, picnic lunches, and 6 dinners are included. Luggage transfers to all village hotels are also part of your tour, as well as a 1st class 3 day Swiss rail pass for train travel during the tour.

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Grindelwald

Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train with your included rail pass to the Alpine village of Grindelwald, stunningly set at the base of the massive Eiger, one of the most famous (and fearsome) mountains in the world. The Eiger soars 10,000 ft above Grindelwald, nearly straight up. And the Wetterhorn and Schreckhorn are not bad either.

We’ll meet in the afternoon and will enjoy dinner together at our deluxe 4-star hotel as we take in the scenic splendor and talk about the trip to come.

4-star Hotel Belvedere or Bergwelt
  • Dinner

Day 2

Grindelwald, Eiger Trail

Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg Pass. If conditions are right, we can take the Eiger Trail right to the base of the mountain, with countless waterfalls cascading off its vertical cliff faces.

The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious climb in the Swiss Alps.  Return to Grindelwald for a 2nd night under the spell of the Eiger.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1100 ft up, 3100 ft down

4-star Hotel Belvedere or Bergwelt
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Tschingelhorn inn

After a short morning transfer, our trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor. The Lauterbrunnen is reminiscent of Yosemite valley, with numerous waterfalls cascading down the vertical walls on both sides of the valley.

After a break for lunch, we’ll hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn. Tschingelhorn is a simple mountain inn set in a stunning location, looking across the valley at the Jungfrau mountain, Rottal glacier, and numerous impressive waterfalls. There is no luggage transport, but we’ll enjoy charming private rooms (bathroom and shower down the hall) and a filling and delicious meal… this is always a favorite stop!

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 2940 ft up

Tschingelhorn Inn
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Mürren

We have a couple of trail options today – the first, a panoramic climb over a high ridge with breathtaking views in every direction, the second, a beautiful wooded hike filled with waterfalls. You and your guide will discuss which is best for you, but both trails are fabulous.

Both routes eventually lead through sleepy Gimmelwald and up to the car-free village of Mürren. This tiny village is perched on top of a 3000 ft cliff with unparalleled views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and other surrounding mountains. Stay in a friendly 4-star hotel.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 6 miles; Elevation: 2440 ft up, 2580 ft down

4-star Hotel Eiger
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Mürren

With such a peaceful and beautiful location, Mürren is a great place to spend a 2nd night. One nice hike is the undulating balcony walk above Mürren. Hike through the appropriately-named Blumental (flower valley) to a rustic mountain restaurant, with postcard-ready views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Take your time. Soak it in.

Another option is the steep and rugged climb up to Schilthorn. Yes, you can simply take the cable there, but the hike is wonderful as well. Stop at a mountain hut along the way, and gain a real sense of accomplishment as you reach the rotating restaurant atop the mountain. Make sure to leave time for the pool and spa at your hotel. Dinner will be on your own tonight in town.

HIKE: 4-6 hrs, 10 miles; Elevation: 1970 ft up, 1970 ft down

4-star Hotel Eiger
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 6

Zermatt

After breakfast, we’ll board a first-class Swiss train for a morning transfer to Zermatt, the lively village at the base of the Matterhorn. We like to start with a short walking tour of the village that takes you past 400 year-old houses and into the history of this fascinating town.

Afterwards, hike above Zermatt for views of the surrounding mountains, to the centuries-old hamlet of Zmutt, where you can stop for a coffee and cake (you’ve earned it) and gaze at the Matterhorn towering above it all. Return to the wonderful spa and friendly reception at the Hotel Europe.

HIKE: 4 hrs, 5 miles; Elevation: 1420 ft up, 1420 ft down

4-star Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Zermatt

There are many peaceful trails criss-crossing the larch forests outside of Zermatt. We’ll take one that leads us to a suspended wooden walkway through a narrow river gorge. After a thrilling walk through the gorge, we emerge and continue on high ridge above town, with the Matterhorn soaring overhead.

Perhaps we’ll make the strenuous climb up to the Hornli hut, a sort of Matterhorn base camp, to enjoy fabulous, close-up views of the Matterhorn and and a sweeping look back at the valley below. You’ll have the option to hike or take the gondola down. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from our hotel on the outskirts of Zermatt.

HIKE: 6-8 hrs, 6 miles; Elevation: 2230 ft up, 2230 ft down

4-star Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

depart

Today you say good-bye to the Matterhorn and depart for your post-tour destinations.

  • Breakfast

What's great about this tour

  • Great options for easier, moderate or epic days
  • A short 4 day inn-to-inn plus 2 nights based in Zermatt
  • 6 nights in luxurious 4-star hotels, plus 1 cozy mountain inn
  • Enchanting stops like Tschingelhorn and lesser-known trails
  • Epic mountain scenery… the Eiger, Jungfrau, Matterhorn and more
  • Your own private guide, your group, your trip

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