The Eiger to the Matterhorn – an Alpine Adventure

If you want to do one long-distance hiking trail in the Alps next summer, it is a little-known routes that can be done in just over a week visiting while on vacation a few The most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe.

pedestrian path that the two best-known Swiss mountains, the Eiger and the Matterhorn is not yet an official long-distance trail, but when I hiked the route myself, I found a good, well-marked roads most of the way, and fewer, than what meets the established tracks like the Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt or the Tour du Mont Blanc.

the way of the Eiger to the Matterhorn is not, I assure you, does not involve the ascent or the two peaks – one of which is not known for easy increases – but begins and ends with walking trails associated with each mountain – the Eiger Trail above Grindelwald and connecting the Matterhorn Trail Zermatt to the Schwarzsee tarn at the foot of the Matterhorn. Although not a family walk, the road is suitable for hikers moderate ability – because there is no rough terrain or glacier crossings – and it goes a little visited areas in Switzerland and cross the high passes close to reaching the maximum height of 10 000 feet.

alternative route is suitable for both short some long alpine tours where time may be limited, or a good introduction to multi-day hiking in the Alps.

own idyllic alpine adventure began in Switzerland Jungfrau Region the path directly below the North Face of the Eiger. The Eiger Trail footpath high above the village of Grindelwald as a good start for a walk I can think of anywhere in Switzerland.

The next few days saw through the villages of Wengen and Murren – better known for skiing enthusiasts of winter activities – and so the snowy peaks of the Jungfrau region pass through the high country is much farther to the west Mürren. My route follows part of the Alpine Pass Route, which runs along the length of the Bernese Oberland Gsteig in the West, but I left it over the crest of long-distance road south of the Alps, the old crossing of the Gemmi Pass Kandersteg reached.

Le vineyards of the Rhone valley in Valais canton – Switzerland is divided into cantons or regions – and back in time than my road to the Turtmanntal that Switzerland is one of the least populated and most pristine areas. The idyllic upper reaches of this remote valley, the road joins another long-distance hiking down the road – the Haute Route – which also goes to Zermatt, at the foot of Mont Blanc de Chamonix in France.

above the heights above Turtmanntal and Augstbordpass to 2871 meters on the highest peak of the Matterhorn Eiger route, a return to civilization is in St. Niklaus valley of the mattertal. From now on our journey continues to the next mattertal valley to the south all the way to the snow and ice in the Pennine Alps – the highest mountains in Switzerland.

The 4000-meter Breithorn drive forward followed the sleepy villages of the valley road and next to the cool forests, rushing rivers Mattervispa. After an easy day, the climb begins again as the route leaves the valley to ascend through the woods, where the first view of the Matterhorn can be seen in the trees, road end in sight.

The Europaweg a spectacular two days of high-level routes in the lower mattertal Zermatt, and arguably the best route to Zermatt. The last part of our route joins this road just after the midpoint, and follows the road to the big Alp hamlet of Findeln before the last stretch through the woods back to Zermatt.

The most important part of the route actually do when reached Zermatt but since I started the Eiger Trail in Grindelwald, the Matterhorn Trail was a worthy end of walk. The Matterhorn Trail signposted Schwarzsee – Zermatt accessible by cable car and an easy downhill walk back to town with magnificent views all the way.

So – if you are heading to Switzerland this summer with hiking boots, here is a possible alternative to some of the better-known alpine tours – especially when time is short. You'll be missing out on anything in the Alps offer up – well only the crowd!

Source by Pete Buckley

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