At 3,967m., The Eiger is one of the Alps most emblematic mountains. It is the westernmost mountain on a ridge that is also dotted by the famous Monch and Jungfrau peaks, and often, programs include all three summits in their itinerary, over a span of days. There are many possible routes to the Eiger summit. The three most common are the Mittellegi Ridge, the South Ridge and the daunting North face route. All of these routes require prior mountain climbing experience and a good fitness level since they are technical climbs that involve rock, snow and ice climbing. The Mittellegi and South Ridges are the easiest of the three, and the North ridge features a 1,800m. face of ice and rock. Regardless of which option you choose, you will enjoy stunning sights of valleys and glaciers that will make the effort up well worth it. Keep in mind that given the challenges that climbing Eiger presents, it’s always best to go with a certified guide who can help you and assess difficult mountaineering situations.
In the warmer summer months between June and September, temperatures at the base are approximately 10ºC to 12ºC, and -7ºC to -5ºC at the summit. In the winter, they go as low as -15ºC and -20ºC.
To climb the Eiger you will first have to get to Grindewald. To do so, you can fly to Geneva and either drive 2.5 hours or take an estimated 4 hour train/bus combination.
Summer is best to climb the Mittellegi Ridge, but Autumn and Spring are better for the Northwall challenge. Winter makes for more difficult climbing conditions, so it's really only an option for very advanced mountaineers, but beautiful winterscapes await you if this is your case.
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