Trip dates 11.-18.apr 2024
DifficultyExperienced skiers, good fitness
Berner Oberland is a mountain paradise containing some of Switzerland’s most famous peaks. Jungfrau and Eiger being particularly noteworthy. This ski touring journey takes you through the heart of Berner Oberland where we ski between mountain huts in an incredible landscape and with luck, top some 4000 m summits.
The entire trip takes place on glaciated terrain and we ski on the largest glacier on the European continent. The journey starts in a Hotel in Grindelwald, an important destination for mountaineers since the 19th century. From there we´ll take a train up to Jungfraujoch (3445 m), the highest train station in the word. For the next 6 days we ski in a large glacier landscape where we travel between mountain huts and soak in the mountain culture of the area. The days are long and challenging and we need to skin up 1300 m and cover some distance at the same time. But who doesn’t love a good personal challenge?
On the last day of skiing, we end up in Grindelwald after taking a 2400 m drop, thank you very much. What a rewarding experience. Isn´t this just what life is all about? This 8 day challenging and super fun trip is perfect for seasoned skiers who are in good physical shape.
Fitness level: Strong, comfortable to move 300-400m in elevation per hour over 8-12 hours.
Experience level: Advanced beginner, some prior experience but lacking confidence in the discipline.
Participants have to be able to skin up and ski down up to 1300 vertical meters off piste.
Group tour (4-6 participants)
395.000 kr. per person
For a private course please contact us.
Preparation meeting in Iceland:
Few weeks before departure, we will have a preparation meeting for the group. It is a great opportunity to ask any questions that might have come up, get good advice regarding equipment and get familiar with your travel buddies.
Day 1: Travel to Grindelwald
Travel day. The best way to get to Grindelwald is on an international flight to Zurich airport. From there we´ll take a taxi to our hotel. In the afternoon and evening we´ll go over the journey ahead, pack our backpacks and get to know each other. Last chance for final questions and last minute shopping.
Day 2: Jungfraujoch – Konkordia hutte
We take the first gondola from Grindelwald and aim for Jungfraujoch (3445 m). It is the highest train station in Europe, built in 1912, an engineering masterpiece. The ride will take us up super steep slopes, literally through Jungfrau and Eiger via tunnels. We will get the perfect teaser for the trip, breathtaking mountain views as we ascend on the train. From the train station we’ll ski down Jungfrau firn glacier. Our first ascent will be a 500 m (2 hour) hike up to Louwihorn (3773 m). From there we are rewarded with a glaciated ski slope down to Konkordiaplatz and punished again with a hike up to Konkordia hutte (2850 m). The glacier has retreated significantly in the last few decades resulting in long and winding metal ladders leading up to the hut. So we need to gather some strength to climb the ladders at the end of the day, to reap the reward of a relaxed first evening in the mountains.
Ascent: 500 m
Descent: 1200 m
Day 3: Konkordia hutte – Finsteraarhorn hutte
The first crux of the day will be descending the ladders. When we have our gear on we´ll ascend to Grunhornlucke mountain pass (3280 m). The beauty about climbing up to a pass, is that the only way forward is downwards. After skiing from the pass, we´ll put our skins on and hike to Wyssnollen (3590 m). From the top, if weather permits, we´ll have a view of the whole mountain range. When we manage to tear ourselves away from that beauty, we´ll ski down to Finsteraarhorn hut, where we´ll spend the next two nights.
Ascent: 1360 m
Descent: 1100 m
Day 4: Grosses Wannenhorn (3905 m)
Grosses Wannenhorn is a secluded glacier covered peak. We will make an early start for the ascent which takes approximately 4 hours. We will enjoy a day with light backpacks, heading back to basecamp in the afternoon. For those who want to chill out in the hut and gather strength for the days to come, are welcome to relax at the hut.
Ascent: 1300 m
Descent: 1300 m
Day 5: Finsteraarhorn hutte – Konkordia hutte
Today we´ll make our way back to Konkordia hutte. This is a rather easy comfortable day, so if you want to have a quiet day, there is a chance to go straight to Konkordia and take it easy. But for those who are full of energy, we can skin to the nearby peak, Truberg. It’s a huge nunatak with an incomparable view from the top.
Ascent: 500 m, including Trugberg: 1500 m
Descent: 700 m, including Trugberg: 1700 m
Day 6: Kranzberg – Hollandia hutte
From the hut we aim straight for the Kranzberg traverse. The Kranzberg summit towers above Konkordiaplatz and is the perfect stop on the way to Hollandia hutte. The majority of today’s distance is low gradient slopes, but the distance is a full 11 kilometres.
Ascent: 1300 m
Descent: 1000 m
Day 7: Abeniflue – Lötchenlucke – Blatten
The final touring day and by far the best day of the trip, skiing wise. We´ll make a early start to hike up to Abeni Flue (3962 m), which takes around 4 hours. The ski slope from the summit is steep and challenging and the summit offers spectacular views of Valais, one of the nicest cantons of Switzerland. We´ll ski back to the hut, where we´ll get a well deserved lunch and charge the batteries for the final push, the longest ski slope of the journey. From the hut we ski through Lötchenlucke and down to Blatten. This is a classic bucket list ski slope in Berner Oberland. What a way to end the trip. From Blatten we´ll take a bus or a train back to our hotel in Grindelwald.
Ascent: 730 m
Descent: 2400 m
Day 8: Travel day
Time to say goodbye to the big mountains in Berner Oberland and head home. A taxi will take us to Zurick airport.
Participants need to have insurance for search & rescue in mountainous terrain. Rescue teams in Europe reserve the right to charge their clients for the full cost of rescue and the use of helicopters, when needed. We also recommend that participants have at least a standard personal travel insurance on all our tours.
Asgard Beyond reserves the right to change the program of the trip with regard to weather and conditions at any time. This will be done with the safety of guests in mind and to ensure the best possible experience on the trip. If the travel arrangements change significantly, extra costs may follow.
For the Huts
- Preparation meeting with the guide prior departure in Iceland
- 2 nights in hotel in Grindelwald
- 6 nights in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner
- Transfer from Zürich airport to Grindelwald
- Guide's expenses
- Icelandic IFMGA mountain guide
- Airtravel to and from Iceland
- Dinner at the hotel
- Lunch and drinks in the huts and hotel
- Ski lift and train: Grindelwald - Jungfrau - Grindelvald
- Additional travels and/or accommodation incase itinerary changes significantly due to weather or conditions
- Travel and accident insurance
We will ensure that our guests with different dietary needs are looked after.
All huts can offer a vegetarian option but is is important that you let us know in advance so the hut keeper can plan for this.
Vegan option can be difficult to come around. Pleas get in touch with us and we can advice you on the possibilities.
The huts are often very remote and sitting at high altitude, which means the comfort level is basic. They are clean and cozy and have everything you would wish for an overnight stay.
Most of the huts have a hostel style dormitories where people have their own small space in a bunk bed. The hut provides blankets and pillows so you don´t have to carry a sleeping bag. Most of the time it is possible to charge your phone/camera in the hut but they do not have stable electricity so it is good to bring a power bank to charge your devices.
The hut has a fully functioning kitchen and a bar where you can order lunch from a menu, coffee, cake or beer on tap. The quality of the water varies between huts and we recommend bottled water available for purchase at the hut.