Sep 26, 2013 - 7:26 PM
Easy to do from a Lauterbrunnen base. But if you want to go up the "hard side", you will take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Alpiglen. There are two routes:
1. Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg (via Wengen), then change to the train down to Alpiglen. This takes 1 hour 9 minutes.
2. Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald, then train up to Alpiglen. This takes 1 hour 4 mins. This routing MAY be less expensive. The SBB ticket shop website is down right now so I can't check
Once in Alpiglen hike up to Eigerglestcher Station. It is about 5 miles and 2400 feet of vertical ascent, more than half of which comes early in the hike. Only you can say how long this will take you. If you are an experienced mountain hiker accustomed to a lot of vertical ascent it shouldn't take more than 2.5 hours. If not, it could take at least 4.
From Eigerglestcher Station, take the train down to Kleine Scheidegg (or walk, fairly short downhill walk) then take the train back to Lauterbrunnen via Wengen.
If you want to add in Männlichen and the lovely walk down to Kleine Scheidegg (highly recommended), follow this routing:
1. From Lauterbrunnen, take train to Wengen, then walk the short distance to the Männlichen gondola in the center of the village.
2. Ride gondola up to Männlichen (the only place the gondola goes)
3. Stroll down to Kleine Scheidegg, about 3 miles long with gentle descent
4. Take the train from KS down to Alpiglen
5. Hike up to Eigergletscher station then take train back to Lauterbrunnen as described above
The BIG question is when are you going? The trains run all the time, but the Männlichen gondola runs only through October 20. Also, the trails can close at any time due to snow, which usually starts falling in November.
Another point: the Eiger Trail hike can be VERY cold in the fall as it passes under the North Face and very little/no sun gets to some of the sections. You will want wind & water proof jacket, hat, gloves