Berner Oberland – Day 0: Meet in Interlaken, Switzerland
The adventure begins at our designated hotel at 5:00 PM for a group orientation and equipment check. Please plan to arrive in the early afternoon of this day, shop for snack lunch food for the trip, organize your gear, and put together any luggage that will be staying at the hotel for the return.
Berner Oberland – Day 1: Jungfraujoch (3471m) to Hollandia Hut (3240m)
An early start to catch the first train to the Jungfraujoch, tunnels leading through the Eiger delivers us onto a saddle between the Monch (4099m) and the Jungfrau (4158m). Once on the glacier we will review beacon use, basic avalanche rescue procedures before our tour starts.
We’ll ski down Jungfraufirn, and then climb up to the Louwitor (3676m), a high pass between the Louwihorn (3773m) and the Kranzberg (3738m). The di-hard ski mountaineers might want to try to climb of the Jungfrau (4158m) along the way, a long day. Once at the Loumnitor glacier we ski a 700 meter descent to the Grosser Aletschfirn. Then a one hour strole up leads us to our evening destination, the Hollandia Hut. This quante hut, is the ciozious on of them all and run by some local ladies.
Our bad weather option would be to stay on the Jundgfraufirn and descend all the way to the Konkordiaplatz before heading to the Hollandia Hut.
Berner Oberland – Day 2: Hollandia Hut (3240m) to Konkordia Hut (2850m)
Before heading to the Konkordia Hut we will tackle one of two objectives up the Abeni Flue Glacier above the Hollandia Hut. We will climb either the Abeni Flue (3962m) or the Mittaghorn (3895 m). On past trips we have managed to squeeze both in. The Mittaghorn is a bit more technical and can only be done at a 2:1 or lower ratio. The skiing off the Abeni Flue tends to be the better of the two, but the Mittaghorn is a wonderful climbing objective. After descending one of these peaks we will pass the Hollandia Hut and then undertake the low-angle glacier ski to the Konkordia Hut where will will spend the night. Few will forget the journey up the 150 meters of ladders and stairs that lead to this amazing hut.
Berner Oberland – Day 3: Konkordia Hut (2850m) to Finsteraarhorn Hut (3048m)
On this day we will head East and climb the Grunhorn-Lucke (3266 m) and descend to the Finsteraahorn Hut. We have the option for a side trip to climb the Wyssnollen (3594 m), adding some vertical to our day. Either option finishes with a spectacular descent to the glacier and traverse to our hut for the night. The Finsteraarrhorn Hut is our favorite of all the huts in the region.
Berner Oberland – Day 4: Finsteraarhorn Hut (3048m)
This day is for skiing, with many options in the basin to satisfy every skiers appitite. One option is to wake up early, climb the Gross Wannenhorn (3905m), The ski off the Gross Wannenhorn is a spectacular descent of nearly 1000 meters down a very scenic glacier. For those feeling light on energy, there is always the option to skip the Gross Wannenhorn and go directly to the hut. Second option with small groups can consider climbing and ski of the Finsteraarrhorn, the most significant 4000m peak in the area.
Berner Oberland – Day 5: Finsteraarhorn Hut (3048m) to the Oberaarjoch Hut (3258m)
A mellow start with a lap up Wyssnollen (3594 m) makes this day as we journey over to the Oberaajoch Hut for an afternoon Rosti. This private hut sits in a percurious position between to peaks with a ladder, tunnel snow shed approach. You probably see the Hut keeper out doing laps up the local ski run in preparation for the Famous PDG race from Zermatt to Verbier.
Berner Oberland – Day 6: Oberaarjoch Hut (3258m) to Munster (1388 m)
Our last day takes us below Galmihorn (3486m) and tours up to Galmilucke (3293m) which each provide 2000 meters descent to the villages of either Munster or Reckingen where we return by train to Interlaken. Our final descent into the Rhone Valley takes us down a beautiful valley into high grazing pastures and possible some hiking down to town.
This is a strenuous tour and requires a high level of fitness. Participants must be strong skiers able to perform strong stem christies while carrying a pack in variable conditions: Powder, hard spring snow, crud and everything in between. Basic mountaineering skills are helpful, we may use a rope, ice axe, and crampons. Your guide will be happy to teach you these skills during the tour.
Cost for Spring 2019: April & May
3 persons $ 3,000 per person
4 persons $ 2,600 per person
5 persons $ 2,200 per person
- Professional IFMGA guide & expenses
- Transportation during the tour, train to Jungfraujoch
- Train from Munster back to Interlaken, via Brig.
- Mountain Huts 5 nights, with breakfast and dinner
- Group technical equipment. First aid kit, ropes, radio.
- Rescue sled, repair kit.
Services Not Included:
- Transfer to and from Interlaken
- Hotel and Meals in Interlaken
- Picnic lunches
- Personal gear
- Rescue insurance, Incidentals