What is travel, if not an adventure? And an alpine adventure from the Eiger to the Matterhorn provides both travel and adventure. This unique alpine adventure takes you across one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world.
Everyone knows of the ‘The Alps;’ the greatest mountain range in Europe. A statement like that sure does send shivers down one’s spine. But, fear not. Within these magnificent mountains are some great holiday trekking routes that are moderately difficult. As long as you are fit, all’s good.
The Eiger-Matterhorn Trek
The Eiger-Matterhorn trekking route is the perfect example of a moderately difficult long-distance trek in the Alps. The trekking route connects the two mountains of Eiger and Matterhorn. In terms of height, the maximum height that this trek will take you to is 10,000 feet. The route begins and ends with the two main trails: Eiger trail and Matterhorn trail.
What’s unique about this trek is the distance. It’s a perfect trek for any person who wants an experience of multi-day trekking. At the same time, it’s also an ideal trekking route for people who want to undertake a long-distance trek in the Alps but are confined by time-limits.
There are two ways you can go about this adventure. One way is to do the entire trek on your own or with a group of your friends. The other way is to go through one of the travel agencies that offer you an entire package according to the time you want to spend trekking. Both ways have their own pros and cons. But, to sum it up; if you want a more luxurious adventure, stay in high-end resorts, etc. opt for a travel package. If roughing it out and going local is something that excites you, then try doing it on your own with a little help from articles like this one. That’s the gist of it.
The trek approximately takes you 10 days to complete. Over the course of these 10 days, your senses will be treated to some spectacular things. This is what you can expect from this alpine adventure.
Visit the Picturesque Jungfrau Region and Local Villages
A glimpse of the beautiful Jungfrau region will be enough for you to fall in love with it. Revel in the beauty of the snow-covered mountains and picturesque landscape of one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland.You can also visit the highest railway station in Europe: The Jungfraujoch Railway Station.
Flutter in and out of beautiful country villages. Each village is special in its own way. For example, the villages of Wengen and Murren are well known for winter activities; skiing especially. Whether you know it or not, some of the routes through which you will be traversing were once upon a time, routes used by smugglers and traders alike! You will also be treated to a whole-range of local delicacies along the journey.
Glaciers and Waterfalls
Along the trekking route, you will come across some spectacular glacial views. Two glaciers that you will surely see are: Eiger Glacier and Aletsch Glacier.
Trivia: The Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacial river found in the Alps.
Oeschinensee Lake is considered bySwiss residents to be the most beautiful lake of their country. On this trek, you will have a chance to visit the most beautiful lake of the most beautiful country, in my humble opinion! The lake, in itself, is a sight to withhold. But it does not end there. At some distance of the lake, there’s a beautiful valley, the sight of which you will not forget anytime soon.
You will also witness a whole-lot of waterfalls. There’s a river-valley walk that will takeyou across 72 waterfalls! Not every waterfall will be visible on this walk, but the beauty of the ones you can see will suffice for the ones you miss out. In addition to these majestic waterfalls, there’s a famous underground waterfall that you may come across. It’s called the Trummelbach Falls.
The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge
You will come across the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge. This is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. The bridge is 279 feet long. From the bridge, you will have some spectacular views of the Weisshorn, the Matterhorn and the Bernese Alps. Across the bridge lies Zermatt, yet another spot that is heaven on Earth.
The route offers one an opportunity to scale the Gornergrat summit. And, the view from the summit is worth all the efforts that you have put in to reach there. The summit gives you an amphitheater vibe. All around you, you are surrounded by huge 4000m peaks. This is an experience of a lifetime!
Your Alpine Adventure Awaits
The Alps is a beautiful place. There’s a reason it’s such a popular tourist destination. But most people tie the Alps together with luxury. However, that need not be the case. Trekking trails are truly magnificent in these mountains. Just like the mountains, the trails too, are unique.
Some of the sites you will see along these trails will be hard to find anywhere else in the world. If you head to Switzerland, you would be remiss to miss out on the treks. Because, truly, there’s something in nature that makes one’s heart sing.
- Switzerland Tourism, https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/home.html
- On our site: 6 Things to Do Around Interlaken, Switzerland
- On our site: Berggasthaus Aescher: A Quaint, Yet Adventurous Hideaway at the Foot of the Alps