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Mount Eiger: An Overview

Elevation: 3,970 m  |  First ascent: August 11, 1858  |  Parent peak: Mönch  |  Mountain range: Alps, Bernese Alps

The Eiger is a 3,970-metre mountain of the Bernese Alps, overlooking Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland, just north of the main watershed and border with Valais.

Because if its famous north face, the Eiger is one of the most famous and written about peaks in the world. The battle to climb this face has captivated the interest of climbers and non-climbers alike since the time of the first note worthy attempt in 1934.

The Eiger is a striking peak from all sides and a worthy climb by any of its many routes, none of which are particularly easy. The easiest way to the summit is via the West Flank & West Ridge, which is a very complex route of about the same level of difficulty as the Hörnli Arête on the Matterhorn with rock pitches up to III and ice to 40 degrees.

Charles Barrington with Christian Almer and Peter Bohren made the first ascent of the Eiger via the West Flank & West Ridge on 11 August 1858.

Climb The Eiger


High On The Mittellegi Ridge On The Traverse Of The Eiger. Monch & Jungfrau To The Left.

The colourful history of the Eiger brings this mountain, like few others, in to the popular domain and means it is both famous and notorious not just with mountaineers but with the public at large. A lot of the Eiger’s fame comes from its enormous, steep and imposing north face, the Eigerwand. Less well know but equally of high interest and greater accessibility to the mountaineer are the Eiger’s fine summit ridges. Our 5 day Climb The Eiger course warms up with 2 training climbs in Chamonix before heading East for an adventure in the Bernese Oberland, the mountain range in the Swiss Valais Alps with the Eiger at its heart…

Course Aims

  • Climb two of the classic ridges on the Eiger and thus make a fine traverse of the mountain In a superb position on this NE ridge with the North Face on the right and South Face on the left. This hut can be seen from Grindlewald and whilst it is usually approached from the Eigergletscher station it can also be approached from Grindelwald.
  • Warm up with two classic alpine climbs based in the Chamonix Valley
  • Climb a famous 4000m peak of the Swiss Bernese Oberland, like the Jungfrau or Monch
  • As the approach to the Mittelegi Hut is an alpine climb itself we aim to climb 5 alpine routes in 5 days


  One of the most famous mountains of the world.

   Get the best climbing course ever.

✓   See the famous north face and prepare maybe for an ascent on it.


Your hometown- Chamonix(France- Return


  • 5 full days mountain guiding
  • Car transport during the course and climb
  • hotel and hut accommodation (during all time)
  • half board meal (breakfast and dinner)
  • tramp cost
  • state fees
  • technical equipment such as (ropes, carabines)
  • Course planning & booking of mountain huts


  • Flights and transfer from the airport to Chamonix.
  • Lunches, extra drinks, snacks etc during the course
  • Insurance
  • Others

5 Day Climb The Eiger Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary based on good weather. It may be necessary to change the programme to make best use of local mountain conditions.

  • Pre-Course fitness & mountaineering training and then, if you have the time, some training and acclimatisation in the hills above Chamonix for a few days before the course starts. We can offer advice on how to get the most out of these pre-course elements.
  • Day 0: 1800 Evening introductory talk by a Mountain Guide, meet other group members and ask any questions about the week. Sort out any equipment needed for the week.
  • Days 1 & 2: Complete two training & acclimatisation climbs based in the Chamonix Valley. The exact climbs will be decided close to the time according to weather & conditions and based on your experience and aspirations. These climbs will include steep rock, ice and snow to prepare for the terrain on the traverse of the Eiger. Examples are the Aiguille du Peigne (3009m) in the Chamonix Aiguilles, Left Edge Route on Mont Blanc du Tacul and many other Chamonix classics.
  • Day 3 & 4: The Ascent of the Eiger. An early start for the drive to Grindlewald which is followed by the spectacular train ride up the Jungfraujoch railway. We disembark at a tiny station in the bowels of the Eiger and make our way along the technical ascent up to the spectacularly positioned Mittelegi Hut. After an evening of relaxing Swiss hospitality we make an early start next morning to climb the Mittelegi Ridge and descend the South Ridge to the Monchsjoch Hut. A long day! If conditions are snowy we may opt to climb the South Ridge instead.
  • Day 5: Climb the Monch, Jungfrau or Gros Fiescherhorn from the Monchsjoch Hut. Another classic days mountaineering on a Bernese Oberland 4000m peak depending on the weather and energy levels remaining after the Eiger. Take the Jungfraujoch train back to Grindlewald and return to Chamonix for evening celebrations.