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Climbing three of the most iconic peaks in the Alps…in just a week? With weather gods on our side, we’ll try just that! Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc—this is the most epic Alpine trilogy imaginable. Summiting any one of these peaks is a massive feat, let alone all three of them, so physical and mental strength, as well as determination and prior experience is a must. It’s also quite a logistical challenge, but that’s what I’m here for. As a local, internationally certified IFMGA guide who’s climbed these peaks numerous times, I’ll deal with the whole organization, transfers, and lodgings—and also make sure you’re ready, prepared, and safe up on the mountain. This Alpine trilogy is coming out this summer: are you ready for the lead role?

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  • Stand on top of the big three

    Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc—three of the most epic peaks in the Alps, if not in Europe

  • Local IFMGA guide

    Climbing these peaks is best done with a local certified IFMGA guide with tons of experience

  • The best of the Alps

    Visit charming villages, stay at legendary huts, and get a taste of the Alpine lifestyle as well

Itinerary

Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc—three fabled mountains, each one special and formidable in their own way. What if we told you that you could climb all three of these in a single, week-long trip? That’s exactly what this trip is all about, reserved only for the experienced, motivated, and (physically and mentally) fit individuals. Having explored these areas for years and having climbed these mountains numerous times, I’ll do all the organizing and preparation. All that’s left to do is climb three of the most famous peaks in the Alps with me—piece of cake, right?

  • We will meet in the charming Grindelwald and take the train up to Jungfraujoch. Today we will climb our first peak of this adventure—Mönch at 4,107 m (13,474 ft)—via the spectacular, but technically easy, south-east ridge. Once we reach the summit, take in the first great achievement of this week, enjoy the views, and then we’ll descend down to Mönchjoch hut at 3,650 m (11,975 ft) and spend the night there.

    The resort town of Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps, with wooden houses, framed by lofty peaks.
  • In the morning, we’ll take the train down to the Eismeer station. Through a small tunnel, we will reach the glacier and start the approach to the Mittellegi hut (3,355 m / 11,007 ft) where we spend the night. Get some rest, tomorrow we’re tackling the beautiful, but technically challenging Eiger!

    Mittellegi Hut, Eiger
  • To reach Eiger, we will climb our way via the east ridge. This is a difficult ascent, but already your second summit of this week! Take in the views and let’s descend to the Mönchjoch hut, where we will have lunch and re-energize. Then we’ll take the train down to the valley and spend the night there.

    Famous north face of the Eiger
  • Continuing our three peaks journey, we will drive to Zermatt and leisurely approach the Hörnli hut at 3,260 m (10,696 ft). This ultimate hut stands at the foothills of Matterhorn and boasts surreal views of the peak.

    Zermatt traditional houses in summer
  • For our second major peak of this week, we will climb the Matterhorn via the east ridge. This is the most recognizable peak of the Alps, its pyramidal shape is unmistakable. After some obligatory pics at 4,478 m (14,692 ft), we will descend back to the hut for a well deserved lunch and rest. When we’ve re-energized a bit, we will head down to the valley.

    Matterhorn at sunrise in Switzerland
  • For our last big summit of the trip, we first have to drive to Chamonix and then take the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi. From there, a short hike over the glacier takes us to the Cosmiques hut (3,613 m).

    Cosmiques hut in France
  • We will climb Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps and in Western Europe at 4,809 m (15,778 ft) via the 3 Mont-Blancs route. Once we reach the summit, enjoy beautiful views opening up before you and celebrate! We will descend down the normal route to the valley, and for the last section of it, we will use the cog-wheel train to save our tired legs.

    Mont Blanc summit, last section
  • This is an extra day in case of bad weather or if we need to include a rest day during the week. If we end up climbing Mont Blanc on Day 7, as we planned, we can always use this day for some rock climbing or planning and preparing for a new adventure.

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Meet your guides

Olov Isaksson
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Olov Isaksson
Olov grew up in Sweden, but his passion for the mountains brought him to the Alps at an early age. Having lived in Switzerland, France, and Germany for 15 years, he now splits his time between Scandinavia and the Alps. Olov is an IFMGA guide, but also works as an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Stockholm University. Olov enjoys all sports in the mountains, but has a special love for ski touring, rock climbing, and winter climbing. He has personal and guiding experience in the Alps, Scandinavia, Himalayas, Karakorum, Patagonia, Yosemite, and the Rockies. Olov can guide you in Swedish, English, French, Swiss German, German, and, if you’re patient, Italian.
Mountain Moments Guiding
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Mountain Moments Guiding
Mountain Moments Guiding
Mountain Moments Guiding is run by Karin and Olov Isaksson Zgraggen. They are a Swiss-Swedish couple and offer mountain guiding services around the world, but primarily in the Alps and Scandinavia. They are at their happiest with climbing shoes or skis on their feet and they would love to share their passion for the mountains with other people. For them, being in the mountains is both about reaching peaks and achieving your goals, but also about enjoying everything that comes with it—whether it be a cup of warm tea in the wind shelter or eating a chocolate bar on a ledge.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day private guiding on Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc
      • 1:1 guiding
      • Accommodation for 7 nights for you and your guide (in mountain huts and guesthouses in the valley)
      • Breakfasts and dinners
      • Lifts, mountain trains, and all other transportation during the tour
      • All of the guide’s expenses

    Special dietary requirements can be accommodated. Dinner at the huts is usually a three or four course meal (soup, salad, main course, dessert).

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Grindelwald and from Chamonix
      • Technical equipment — can be rented from the guide
        • Mountaineering boots with a rigid sole (crampons compatible)
        • Steel crampons
        • Climbing harness
        • Two locking carabiners
        • One 120 cm sling
        • Hiking poles (optional for approach to hut)
        • Mountaineering ice axe
        • Helmet
        • Headlamp
        • Backpack 25-35 l
      • Lunches, snacks, and drinks
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • If you’re coming to climb Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc, you have to be in excellent physical fitness and have lots of experience in technical climbing.

    These are all physically and technically demanding climbs, with the Eiger and Matterhorn standing out as the most technical. You need to have previous alpine climbing experience., be able to move fast on technically easy terrain, and have a high base-level fitness for consecutive long days. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain of them all, but less technically demanding—that’s why you’ll tackle it last.

    You’ll have a guide by your side the whole way through, with a 1:1 ratio. Your guide has tons of experience climbing these peaks, so they’ll make sure you’re fully prepared, ready, and safe.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Mountaineering boots with a rigid sole (crampons compatible)
      • Steel crampons
      • Climbing harness
      • Two locking carabiners
      • One 120 cm sling
      • Hiking poles (optional for approach to hut)
      • Mountaineering ice axe
      • Helmet
      • Headlamp
      • Backpack 25-35 l

    Here’s a list of clothing and personal items:

      • Clothing — dress in layers
      • Socks
      • Long underwear (top and bottom)
      • Mid layer sweater
      • Mountaineering or softshell pants
      • Hardshell / waterproof jacket and pants
      • Down or Primaloft jacket
      • Warm hat
      • Gloves (thin and thicker gloves for different temperatures)
      • Lightweight shorts / t-shirt (optional for the approach to the hut)
      • Sunhat and sunglasses
      • Water / tea thermos, minimum 1.5 l total
      • Lunches and snacks, high energy (chocolate, dried fruit, meats, cheese)
      • Toiletries for huts, ear plugs
      • Sleeping liner for huts
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    Pack as light as possible, you’ll appreciate a light backpack every step of the way! Equipment can be rented from your guides, let us know upon booking if you need it.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For climbing Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc, the client-to-guide ratio is 1:1. One client goes alone with one guide.

    Climbing Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • To get to climbing Eiger, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc, you first have to get to Grindelwald. The nearest international airport is Zurich Airport (ZRH). From there, you can rent a car, take a bus or a train. It will take you anywhere between 2 and 3 hours.

    Make sure to arrive in Grindelwald at least a day prior to your tour, since you’ll be meeting your guide on Day 1 and climbing the Mönch peak.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a 50% (fifty percent) refund of the total amount of the trip.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
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