Eigergletscher to Kleine Scheidegg


Route: Eigergletscher to Kleine Scheidegg

Area: Lauterbrunnental, Switzerland

Date of walk:  18th June 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 1.7 miles

Ascent: 0 feet (descent 900 feet)

Weather: Sunny and warm

After concluding this morning’s walk up Lauberhorn we returned to Kleine Scheidegg and decided to visit the nearby Eigergletscher, set at the foot of the north face of the Eiger. We could have simply caught the train up, but just because we could (thanks to our Jungfrau Travel Pass) we took the train down to Grindelwald and the cable car back up to Eigergletscher.  There are incredible views all round from both and we hadn’t seen this part of the area yet. The cable car station is a busy place, as it’s a springboard for the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at nearly 3,500m. Despite the prospect of huge views along the longest glacier in Europe we decided not to visit, as it’s a honey pot for tourists, attracting crowds of people and there’s an eye watering fee for the journey

As we left the cable car we glanced up to the fearsome north face of the Eiger and the Eigergletscher (Eiger glacier). Thankfully our path led the other way and we followed a path downhill along a narrow crest of rock (the main path back to Kleine Scheidegg is to the right and is a very simple walk). After a while we traversed the slopes following a narrow path lined with alpine flowers. This brought us to the main path, which is a little touristy in truth, but the surroundings are so awesome that it hardly matters. From here it was an easy stroll back down to Kleine Scheidegg, from where we took the Wengernalp train back to Wengen

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