Climbing the Eiger - 1:1 guiding
A fantastic week of 1:1 guided mountaineering culminating in climbing the Eiger, one of Switzerlands most famous peaks, with our IFMGA Mountain Guides.
In just a one week trip, 1:1 guiding for the full 6 days ensures maximum climbing time, acclimatising with more technical climbing at AD level. After an initial 3 days of acclimatisation on AD graded routes you will head to Grindelwald to climb the Eiger by the Mittelegi ridge.
The difficulty and physical challenge of climbing the Eiger should not be underestimated. It offers very long and sustained rock climbing and spectacular exposure. The terrain is very different from snow peaks like Mont Blanc. Recent rock climbing and scrambling training plus winter mountaineering experience is essential for a safe and enjoyable ascent. A couple of days' prior personal acclimatisation before the trip is helpful.
Typical itinerary in good conditions (read the 2016 blog here):
Day 1: Traverse of Petit Dent de Veisivi (3184m) - a high-quality rock scramble of AD (grade III) standard
Days 2-3: Ascend to Vignettes Hut (3158m) above Arolla and traverse Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3869m)(AD-) a classic mixed route at high-altitude
Days 4-6: Drive to Grindelwald; ascend to Mittellegi Hut and climb the Eiger by the Mittellegi ridge descending by the South Ridge; stay at Mönchsjoch Hut, climb Mönch; return to Evolène
If travelling by train from Geneva, we recommend buying a Swiss half tariff card to reduce lift expenses.
"Eiger / Matterhorn Double"
This 1:1 guiding week can be used to climb both the Matterhorn and the Eiger for a guiding supplement of £300. Please add this as on your booking form in the "Extra's" box if required. Note: if planning to attempt both summits in 6 days, clients must have acclimatised beforehand and be able to demonstrate their climbing ability is suitable for such technical routes from the outset (e.g. having completed a suitable mountaineering course with Frost Guiding in the previous week).
Discount available for booking to climb the Eiger as a group of 2 and acclimatising together at a guiding ratio of 2:1 on less technical routes for 3 days (you would still spend the second half of the week at a 1:1 ratio).
What our clients say:
"Thanks again for an absolutely fantastic week. Had a great time and achieved more than I thought was possible: I still can't believe I climbed the Eiger - it's a great feeling. Send my thanks again to Andy L for his great guiding and company, to Steph for the food and to you both for running such a great setup. Look forward to climbing with you again." Matt, 2016
For information on accommodation and what's included in our Climb the Eiger price click here.