Switzerland, Europe

Oberland 4000ers

Home to the Eiger, the Bernese Oberland range of central Switzerland is one of the highest and most extensive massifs in the Alps. There are nine 4000m peaks here and these peaks offer a choice of remote and spectacular routes. The mountains of the Oberland are characterised by wide glacial valleys and sharp rocky summits. The area is as charming as it is dramatic, below the snowy peaks and glaciers lay pine forests, alpine meadows and traditional villages.

During the course, we attempt some of the highest and most famous Oberland summits. The central objectives are The Gross Grünhorn (4,044m), Finsteraarhorn (4274m), Jungfrau (4158m) and the Mönch (4,107m)

We run this course at a 1:2 guiding ratio, and as always maintain flexibility in the program to maximise the 6 guided days.

Day Itinerary

  • Travel to Interlaken. Briefing and equipment check with the guides at about 7pm. Stay overnight in a hotel in Interlaken.

  • Ascent of the famous Jungfrau railway, with fantastic views of the Eiger North Face. The railway tunnels through the Eiger itself and eventually emerges at the Jungfraujoch (3450) the highest railway station in Europe. We descend the massive Aletsch glacier – the biggest glacier in the Alps, to the Konkordia Hut.

  • Day 3 Ascent of the Grünegghorn and possibly the Gross Grünhorn. Descent on glacier to Finsteraarhorn Hut.

    Day 4 Ascent of the Finsteraarhorn by the NW ridge. This is another big day with a necessary early start. The same route is reversed back to the hut.

    Day 5 Glacier hike to the Monchjoch Hutte.

    Day 6 Ascent of the Mönch (4105m). This is the shortest climb of the trip, but nonetheless a spectacular outing. We take the South East Ridge, beginning on rocky buttresses and finishing on an elegant and exposed snow ridge.

    Day 7 For our final ascent we attempt the Jungfrau (4158m). After a glacial approach, the route climbs a rocky spur followed by a fine snow ridge. Return back to Interlaken for the last night.

  • Depart after breakfast

2021

Dates

Price

Sat 14 Aug
- Sat 21 Aug
£2195 Book
Flexible From £2,195 PRIVATE GROUP Enquire

The price includes:

  • 6 full days guiding fees & expenses
  • 5 nights of HB accommodation in mountain huts
  • 2 night of B&B accommodation (twin-share)

The price does not include:

  • lunches & drinks
  • ski pass/lift costs
  • travel to and from Chamonix
  • insurance
  • equipment hire
  • local transfers

*Single rooms are subject to availability and supplement.

 

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  • There are 2 grades of boots for alpine trekking and mountaineering: B1 and B2

    • B1 boots are usually lightweight boots offering more flexibility when walking and are usually suitable only for trekking, easy glacier walking and Via Ferrata trips.

    • B2 boots are semi-rigid boots that are the best option for summer alpine mountaineering trips. There are leather and plastic/composite options. Leather boots tend to be more comfortable and breathable whereas plastic/composite boots are warmer and more waterproof.

    B2 boots are compatible with C1 and C2 crampons.

    Key features of a good alpine boot include Vibram soles, a reversed leather upper (which protect the best side of the leather from scuffing and abrasion and improves durability and water resistance) and ankle flex and a higher cut which give control, mobility and support.

    Boots can be hired in resort but to avoid discomfort we do strongly recommend that you have your own pair which needs to be well worn-in prior to your trip.

    Alpine huts supply hut slippers so that you don't need to take any other footwear apart from your boots. Boots are not allowed in the dining room or dormitories and must be left in the foyer.

  • These items are essential for all alpine mountaineering courses

    All items can be hired from Mountain Tracks or from sport shops in the Alps.

    • Climbing helmet
    • Ice Axe - General mountaineering / alpine pick 55-70cms long depending on your height.
    • Boot crampons - with anti-balling plates.
    • Climbing Harness – adjustable leg loops are useful for easy of putting on over your boots.
    • Adjustable trekking pole(s)

  • Rucksack - A simple and lightweight pack with a capacity of between 35-45 liters is recommended. You need to have one loop for carrying an ice axe on your rucksack.

    Lightweight sleeping bag liner – a silk or cotton sleeping bag liner is now compulsory in all mountain huts.

    Water bottle or Thermos – a water bottle or hydration system is needed.

    Head torch with spare batteries

    Penknife

    Personal first Aid Kit - Should contain:

    Plasters – of various sizes and possibly some adhesive wound dressings.

    Pain Killers – aspirin or Paracetamol/Nurofen

    Antiseptic cream or wipes

    Blister kit – compeed and elastic tape to hold it in place (essential)!

    (Note: Guides will have comprehensive first aid kits and are qualified in mountain first aid)

    Whistle

    Sun Glasses - minimum category 3.

    Ski Goggles – these can be very useful if you encounter strong winds and poor weather.

    Sunscreen and Lip Protection

    Ear Plugs - For noisy huts!!

    Camera

    Hold-all bag - for gear not required on trek. Will be left at first hotel and collected on return.

    Passport

    Money - You will need some cash for food and drinks. There are some ATMs and most hotels, shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, but most huts still accept cash only. You should allow about 30-40 Swiss Francs or 25-35 Euros per day for lunch and drinks (amount approximate and depends on consumption).

    Toiletries – Should contain:

    Toothbrush and paste - a mini one is ideal

    Soap

    Anti-bacterial hand cleaner

    Wet wipes – essential to try to maintain hygiene

    Tissues and toilet roll

    Small light quick dry towel e.g. a Lifeventure Soft fiber towel

    (Any other essentials you need but remember there are no shower facilities and generally no running water in the huts and you have to carry everything with you!)

    Alpine club card - If you're a member.

    Book, pack of cards and or Ipod/MP3 player – It’s nice to have something to read or listen to when you are in the huts or to challenge your fellow travelers to a game of card. These items are not essential but if you have space you might appreciate them.

  • It is possible to hire boots and the technical items needed for the Mont Blanc Climber week in Chamonix and guideline prices for 6 days hire are:

    Mountaineering boots €55
    Ice Axe €30
    Boot crampons €35
    Harness €15
    Helmet €15

    If you wish to hire any technical kit please contact us in advance with your requirements.

  • Base Layer Top and Bottoms – a few base layer tops, usually long-sleeved is best, wool base layers form Ortovox are good as they offer good wicking properties and dry quickly. For your legs, a couple of pairs of long or ¾ length bottoms are best.

    Mid-layer fleece tops – a couple of fleece type jacket or tops that can be worn between your base layer and outer layers. The “Layering” approach offers the best heat retention and flexibility in warm and cold weather.

    Insulation Layer - a down or Primaloft jacket is a good item to have ready to wear in the event of cold weather, it can live in your rucksack as a spare layer and can come in very handy for sudden changes in the weather.

    Lightweight softshell type trousers - you want to wear a lightweight softshell or similar material on your legs, these types of trouser offer good protection from snow/ice as well as abrasion on rock and are comfortable to move in.

    Walking shorts or a pair of trousers with zip-off legs. Useful for walk-ins to huts on hot days.

    Gore-Tex Jacket - Gore-Tex or other waterproof breathable jackets. Best to have a lightweight jacket that can be worn in the event of wet or windy weather but is packable enough to fit in your rucksack. Your insulated ski jacket will be overkill and too hot and bulky.

    Gore-Tex Pants - Gore-Tex or other waterproof breathable trousers. Lightweight is important plus side zips for putting on over your boots and crampons. Used in cold, wet and windy weather.

    Sun hat and warm hat – bring a wide-brimmed sun hat or baseball cap plus a warm beanie style hat.

    Light, thin gloves – a thin pair of fleece or softshell gloves for warm weather are a must.

    Insulated gloves - You need to have a pair of waterproof warm gloves to wear on cold days.

    Gaiters – these are useful to wear to keep snow out of your boots.

    Socks - 3-4 pairs of medium weight socks usually mid-calf length is good.

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Interlaken

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Interlaken is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland and is our preferred starting point for our ski touring / trekking / climbing excursions into the Oberland massif.

It is the largest town in the Jungfrau region and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland.

Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west and takes its name from its geographical position between the lakes.

Our top reasons for visiting Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland:
  • Taking the Jungfrau railway through the north face of the Eiger to the Eismeer and Jungfraujoch
  • The Bernese Oberland is the highest range in the Alps and has wonderful remote ski touring until late May
  • Some of the best alpine mountaineering itineraries in the Alps including the infamous Eiger
  • No resort or piste skiing = a fantastic venue for intermediate-advanced level ski touring
  • The majestic splendour of the mountains in full 360 panoramic-vision!

Resort Information:

Height of Resort: 570m
Highest Lift: 3,454m
Nearst Aiprort: Zurich, Geneva and Bern

Transfer Options: We recommend you take the train from Zurich airport to Interlaken. Connections are regular and the its takes about 2hrs for the journeyusually with 1 or 2 changes.

From Geneva journey time is 2hrs 50 mins with 1 or 2 changed. To look up train timetables use this link Swiss Railway Timetables.
  • It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.

    For UK residents Ski Club Travel Insurance may be a suitable option.

    For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
    If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
     

  • Brexit advice for skiers and snowboarders going to the EU 

    The impending deadline for the UK to leave the EU may have you worried, especially if you have travel plans in the new year, however with a few steps you can make sure you are well prepared for any eventuality. As of January 1st 2021, there will be new rules for UK residence when travelling to the EU and other European countries. 

    The Ski Club of Great Britain has compiled some of that advice to help skiers and snowboarders understand the changes, and what they might need to do if they are travelling after the Brexit deadline. 

    Entering the EU and other countries within Europe 

    At Border control, you may have to show your return ticket and money 

    At border control, you may need to: 

    • Show a return or onward ticket
    • Show you have enough money for your stay
    • Use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing 

    Visas for short trips: you will not need one if you’re a tourist 

    If you’re a tourist, you will not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. 

    Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. 

    You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel. 

    Passports 

    On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both: 

    • Have at least 6 months left 
    • Be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

    If you do not renew your passport, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

    Holidays 

    Most holiday companies have taken measures to ensure that there will be minimal impact to their guests’ experience. 

    If you are taking a package deal that is covered by ABTA, ABTOT & ATOL you will have the same buyer protection as before. You should always purchase travel insurance to make sure you are covered in case of delays or cancellations. If in doubt about arrangements contact your tour operator to make sure there aren’t any changes.  It is probably worth adding a little extra time before passport control just in case things aren’t running as smooth as normal. 

    Both Ski Club Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks holidays are covered by ATOL & ABTOT protection and are guaranteed to run regardless of the new Brexit rules. Take a look at our holidays here. 

    Travel insurance 

    Most travel insurers will offer the same amount of coverage in EU countries as they did before if you already have a policy with them, in fact, many of them are underwritten by large EU corporations. It is possible that premiums might go up after December 31st as we leave the EHIC scheme and other shared healthcare and insurance organizations. If you aren’t sure whether your insurance still covers you, head to their website or give them a call. 

    Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be valid up to 31 December 2020. It’s particularly important you get travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not. 

    Ski Club Insurance will continue to provide the same cover whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. For full Insurance, policy details go here.

    Driving

    A ‘green card’ is proof that you have motor insurance cover when driving abroad. You should plan to carry one for the vehicle you’re driving in the EU and EEA, including in Ireland, from 1 January 2021.

    You will need to carry multiple green cards if:

    • You have fleet insurance – you’ll need a green card for each vehicle
    • Your vehicle is towing a trailer or caravan - you’ll need one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer/caravan (you need separate trailer insurance in some countries)
    • You have 2 policies covering the duration of your trip, for example, if your policy renews during the journey

    Contact your vehicle insurance provider 6 weeks before you travel to get green cards for your vehicle, caravan or trailer. The green card can be emailed to you by your insurer for you to print. For more information head to gov.uk

    Mobile roaming 

    From 1 January 2021, the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway will end. 

    A new law means that you’re protected from getting mobile data charges above £45 without you knowing. 

    You can find all the latest information on gov.uk. 

  • All our mountaineering trips are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.

  • Our preferred accommodation in Interlaken is the Hotel Rossli B&B Hotel. This is a small but very comfortable and friendly hotel located close to the centre of town. The owners, Christopher and Caroline are excellent hosts. You'll stay here on your first and last nights of the trip. For the rest of the week you'll be staying in traditional alpine mountain huts. In the huts breakfast and evening meals are included and are generally nourishing and plentiful. Vegetarians can be catered for although in most huts there is usually only 1 menu option.
  • The Alps generally have a very pleasant climate throughout the spring, summer and autumn with warm days and cool nights, with daytime temperatures in the valley around 25 - 30°C. At high altitude the temperature often goes down below -10 and can feel even colder with wind chill.

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