i will do the eiger trail via ferrata in may. how do I get to the Eigergletscher train station using only the swiss travel pass?
What are the route options for the Eigergletscher station?
Tks Rafael - Brazil
You need to get to Kleine Scheidegg first. From there you can take the train to Jungfraujoch. The only stop between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch is Eigergletscher. Also read: www.myswissalps.com/jungfraujoch/gettingthere.
With the Swiss Travel Pass you will get 25% discount from the train ticket from Grindelwald or Wengen to Eigergletscher (also to Jungfraujoch). Trains to Grindelwald or Wengen will be for free with the pass. See the validity map of the Swiss Travel Pass at www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/validity.
I am not a hiker but I know many of the higher altitude trails will still be closed in May. Is the via ferrata likely to be accessible at that time of year? Do you know?
ok, thanks, i'm just going to do the eiger trail.
You can also just walk from Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher. It is s beautiful trail and takes about 1 hr and is uphill but you can see Eigergletscher from KS. I would doubt the Eiger trail will be passable in May either, perhaps late May as I believe it is mostly south facing but more likely mid July. You should check with the local tourist office when you arrive to get the most up to date status of the high Alpine trails
Hi Mark -
I'd say that the North Face of the Eiger faces north, and the general exposure of the Eiger trail is northwest, and the ultimate authority, the Swiss Land Office, agrees with me:
And, since direct sunlight on the North Face is indeed , scarce, the trail will definitely not be open earlier than many other high Alpine trails. I might hazard a guess at very late June. July is not unreasonable. Some of the issue is not the only trail itself, but what is on the slopes overhanging the trail(s). Snowslides, rocks freed by thawing, melting snow/ice streams, etc.
Obviously I really didn’t research which direction the Eiger trail faced. On a simple hiking trail map I had it showed Interlaken East to the left of Interlaken West and the Eiger strait ahead so I just guessed. I didn’t think it would make much difference which direction it faced in May as it would likely be impassable.
<<"I didn’t think it would make much difference which direction it faced in May as it would likely be impassable. ">>
I agree, but, I though it might be valuable to connect the trail with the famous North Face.
ok, i'll find out at the information desk when i'm in Grindelwald.
Which trails you recommend in May for those who like mountains and adventures. and how to get there by train using the swiss travel pass.
Hi Rafael -
<<"Which trails you recommend in May for those who like mountains and
adventures. and how to get there by train using the swiss travel pass.">>
It's the altitude. The problem is the same anywhere. Mountain trails above roughly 1000 to 1500 meters are not safe for hiking. Much below that, they are not mountain trails. Check the altitudes given with these links.
This one will be open:
This one will, too:
This one may be:
This one will not be:
Each of those links tells how to get there by public transport. Some is free with the STP. The privately run mountain transport offers discounts.
Here is a validity map with comments:
Your best bet is to come after June 15th, or preferably after July 1, through mid to late September.
PS - if you are comfortable with a topographic map, there is one available that shows the marked hiking trails. Naturally, it shows altitudes. Do you want the link?
thanks, don't need the link.
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