The Bernese Oberland range spreads across the Upper Rhône valley and the Bernese region of Switzerland. Everything about the place comes in extra-large. The Bernese Oberland range counts nine 4 000m summits. The highest of them all is the Finsteraarhorn with 4 275m. It is also well known for its huge glaciers, with a record size for the Aletsch measuring 25 km in length and 3,5 km in width on average.
We take the cog train from Grindelwald, up the alpine pastures and soon reach the foot of the Eiger, still considered one of the 3 greatest problems of the Alps, with its 1 600m long North face. The train follows a series of tunnels, dug out inside the face itself all the way to the train terminal, located at the Jungfraujoch at 3 454 m. This is a high alpine ski tour, adapted to strong and fit skiers, showing a solid ski touring experience.
Oberland in the blog.
Day 1: Early in the morning our minivan leaves Chamonix for Grindelwald . We ride the cog train to the Jungfraujoch. Our ski run down the huge Jungfraufirn glacier to Konkordia platz allows us to size up this amazing mountain range. We use a series of ladders and stairs to reach Konkordiahütte (2 850 m). Vertical drop: 720 m ± 2 380 ft
Day 2: We ski tour up Gruneggfirn and then head North to the arête that will allow us to reach the Klein Grunegghorn ( 3 787 m). We ski down the way we came, skin up to Grünhornlucke pass ( 3 286 m), from where we can admire the imposing Finsteraarhorn and another high alpine glacier valley. We ski down to the Finsteraarhorn hut (3 048 m). Vertical gain: 1 330 m ± 4 390 ft / Vertical drop: 980 m ± 3 230 ft
Day 3: Today we only carry a day pack. After a short run on the Fieschergletscher, we skin up a demanding slope to Gross Wannenhorn (3 906 m). From the top, a circular panorama offers a good idea of the size of this range, with the Aletsch glacier spreading just below us. We ski back down to the hut. Vertical gain = Vertical drop: 1 240 m ± 4 100 ft
Day 4: We first head out of a long ski tour up to Grünhornlucke pass. Then we ski across Konkordia platz and follow the Gross Aletsch glacier all the way to Hollandia Hut (3 228 m). Vertical gain: 820 m ± 2 710 ft / Vertical drop: 640 m ± 2 110 ft
Day 5: We ski tour up to Albeni Flue (3 962 m). Then we ski down to Lotschën pass (3 178 m) and follow the Lang glacier to Fäfleralp (1 540 m). We ride our minivan back to Chamonix. Vertical gain: 730 m ± 2 410 ft / Vertical drop: 2 420 m ± 7 990 ft
Preparing for the trip: One week before trip departure, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)
Guiding policy : The group is composed of 6 skiers maximum per guide.
The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
Accomodation: In catered mountain huts (nights in dormitories).
Meeting: 7h a.m. at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix or 11h in Grindenwald train station.
Winter 2017 tour price
Nb of participant
Included in the package:
- Mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Lift access and shuttles during the tour,
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
- Transportation by bus return trip to Chamonix
- Personal drinks
- Personal technical equipment
Documentation: ID or valid passport.
Having a repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
Extras: Bring some extra cash for personal expenses (Swiss francs)
Equipment: Download "Equipment list"
Booking ahead of time is the best way to fill up trips! Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further and detailed information.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
Thank you to contact our office to know the price and the availbilty:
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88