Bernese Oberland glacier trek
A five day course. Per participant €500. Minimum of 4 participants, maximum six.
This high alpine trek traverses the Bernese Oberland Massif from East to West, traversing some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in the European Alps! Always at high altitude. Constantly walking on glaciers, hence we are nearly always roped up throughout the trek and wearing crampons. This trek is a truly memorable adventure!
The trek starts from the Oberaarsee dam car park at 2338m. From stepping off the dam wall, one is confronted by the most incredible array of wild flowers. Gradually leaving the alpine meadows, we slowly gain height on the Oberaargletscher. At first this is a dry glacier, later becoming wet (snow covered) as we move up to the col (Oberaarjock) at 3223m. From the col a short scramble up ladders leads you to the mountain hut, Oberaarjockhutte.
From the col (Oberaarjock) you will walk towards and down the Galmigletcher. This glacier then joins into the Fieschergletcher. You will then walk up this glacier to the Finsteraarhornhutte at 3048m. If on arrival at the hut, the sun is out, the hut terrace is a great place to chill with a drink and admire the summits around you!
You will descend from the Finsteraarhornhutte back onto Fieschergletcher, heading west again to the saddle Grunhornlucke at 3279m – a nice spot for a snack. At this point you will have the option if weather, conditions and time allows to climb the Grunegghorn 3860m. Otherwise you will continue on the trek down the Gruneggfirn glacier to the Konkoriaplatz glacier crossroads. The Konkordiahutte is perched 150m above the glacier, which is accessed by a series of ladders! The views from this hut are breath taking!
From the base of the ladders, it is westward bound again. Crossing the Konkordiaplatz to the Grosser Aletschfirn glacier, which leads you to the Hollandiahutte.
On the way the Aletschhorn 4193m is towering above you. When arriving at the hut, if the snow is still in good condition a quick ascent of the Abeni Flue 3962m could be possible. If not an ascent could be possible the following morning.
You descend the Langgletscher, leaving the high alpine plateau behind. A 10 kms walk down hill with nearly 1400m of descent to Fafleralp. After leaving the dry glacier, one descends rocky moraine paths and then on to the fresh greenness of larch trees and alpine flowers, on the valley floor.
This itinerary can be changed by the guide at anytime, depending on the weather, snow conditions and the safety of the group.
Level: To take part in one of these treks you should be able to walk for up to 6-8 hours a day carrying a 10 kg rucksack. These treks are not very difficult technically speaking, but you do need to be roped together when crossing glaciers.
A five day trek. Per participant €500. Maximum guide/client ratio 1/6 . This trek will run with a minimum of 4 participants. Included in the trek fee:
• Guiding and instruction from the IFMGA certified mountain guide.
• Loan of climbing harness.
• Clients’ personal equipment
• Meals and drinks.
• The guide’s accommodation and meals during the trek