Meet at the railway station in Interlaken Ost at 1pm, for a briefing of the week ahead plus gear check. From the Grimsel Pass, we will walk for approximately 1.5 hours to reach our designated inn situated on the shore of Lake Oberaar, with the Oberaarjoch glacier and pass as its backdrop. Along the way we will marvel at the Aar glacier, the third biggest in the Alps, dominated by the faces of Finsteraarhorn, the Lauteraarhorn and the Schreckhorn. The Grimsel region also has one of the largest hydrlectric resources in the Swiss Alps. Approx walking altitude: +1095m / -372m
Ascent to the Oberaarjochh tte (3258m) bordering the Oberaarsee, and then up the Oberaar glacier. Cross the Oberaar pass at 3231m, and arrive at the Oberaarjoch hut situated on the col. If we have the time and the energy, there is the possibility of an easy climb to the summit of the Oberaarhorn. Approx walking time / altitude: 5-6 hours; +1100m
Descent of the Galmihorngletsher to rejoin the Rotloch, at the intersection with the Fiesch glacier. We will then re-ascend this immense river of ice heading towards the Gr nhornl cke at 3286m. This little pass allows us to pass onto the Gr neggfirn glacier descending to the Konkordiaplatz. The view of the Finsterhaarhorn to the east and the glacial immensity to the west is striking, and puts the size of these alpine giants into perspective. Descend to the Konkordia hut (2850m) with the scaling of metallic steps anchored into the cliff. At each landing, a sign indicates the era during which the glacier reached that particular point. The decent is unbelievable!
Approx walking time / altitude: 5-6 hours; +480m / -400m
Today we will cross the snow covered immensity of the Konkordiaplatz, the meeting point of all the glaciers giving birth to the Aletsch glacier. Beneath our feet lies 1000m of ice, a point where a million cubic metres of ice passes by each year. Then we will traverse 7km to the Hollandia refuge located on the L tschenl cke. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Fafleralp valley from the refuge. Approx walking time / altitude: 5-6 hours; +400m
An easy and optional ascent of the Ebnefluh (3962m) via gentle snow slopes, with stunning views of the entire mountain range. Descend via the same route to the Hollandia hut, and then to Fafleralp (1788m) at the foot of the impressive north faces. Then onto the Langg glacier, and across fields and prairies via a very pretty little path. Overnight in dormitories at a hostel.
Approx walking time / altitude: 6-8 hours; +730m / -2100m
Today we will hike the glacier route with an ascent of the Petersgrat (3126m), a strange glacial dome bordering between two valleys. Afterwards we will descend to the Mutthorn hut (2898m). Approx walking time / altitude: 5-7 hours; +1320m
Today is the last day of this fantastic journey to the heart of the largest glacial ensemble in the Alps. We will descend via the Tschingelfirn to the valley of Stechelberg and to the village of the same name. Transfer to Interlaken where trip concludes. Approx walking time / altitude: 4-5 hours; -2000m