|Getting to the starting point:||Train to Eigergletscher train station|
|Getting to the destination:||Train from Alpiglen station to Grindelwald|
|Season:||July till October|
The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (the Ogre, Monk and Maiden) – the world famous trio of mountain peaks – is the impressive backdrop to the Jungfrau region and has attracted tourists and mountaineers to the Bernese Oberland since pioneering days. The Jungfrau Railway is no less impressive, while the northern flank of the Eiger, with its vertical drop of more than 1600 metres, has always attracted the world's best climbers.
Those with the courage and the desire to get just that little bit closer to the breathtaking Eiger North Face and tackle a superlative high alpine adventure can take the Jungfrau Railway to the station at Eigergletscher and set out on the Eiger Trail. Shortly after starting on this route, you'll find yourself right in front of the famous rock face itself, and above you to the right you'll notice the metal ladders that climbers to the Eiger-Rotstock Via Ferrata use to gain access. From here on, the trail runs for an hour along the foot of the Eiger North Face, sparkling with a beautiful view over the Wetterhorn and the Grosse Scheidegg.
Difficult sections are secured with ropes. If you have brought your binoculars, you'll be able to see the climbers up against the rock face. The train station sells postcards that show all the routes up this mountain. Towards the end of the tour the trail zigzags boldly down to Alpiglen train station.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.
I should point out that the picture at the top of this page was taken from the Panoramaveg trail, not the Eiger trail. The Eiger Trail starts at the base of the Eiger glacier at the upper right of the photo and goes down to the Kleine Scheidegg station at lower left. It then continues to the left out of the picture along the face of the Eiger for another 2.5 miles to Alpiglen.
My wife, 20yo son, and I hiked this trail in late May 2012 uphill from Alpiglen to the Kleine Scheidegg station, about 4 km long and 400m of vertical. It's a truly breathtaking high-alpine hike. There was still plenty of snow laying about, especially as you got near Kleine Scheidegg, but the trail itself was clear. We had wanted to do the Panoramaveg trail but it was still closed due to snow cover and threat of slides. The Eiger Trail was our second choice and it did not disappoint.
this trail is well worth the journey . We have done it twice , in June 2003 and again in September 2007 . In June if you're lucky like us , the trail will be open , but you should always check locally first .