The North Face of Eiger is one of the classic alpine routes that climbers long to conquer. With worn out gear from the 50s still in place, climbers will find themselves battling fickle weather, rock fall, ice, snow, and ever-changing conditions in tricky alpine terrain to reach the top. Routes require a high level of skill, experience, and mental strength. Duration is dependent on a number of factors, and usually requires a few days of prep before taking on the North Face. It’s a demanding endeavor, but with the right training, planning and guidance, you can summit Eiger’s North Face and add your name to the list of those who dared to take on this iconic route.
Arrive in Chamonix and settle into your chosen accommodation. Meet with your guide and discuss the ascent up the North Face.
The North Face is a tough and challenging ascent. Allow yourself enough time to practice on nearby peaks and familiarize yourself with the terrain—your guide will be with you the whole time and help you every step of the way. The day of the summit, you’re going to get up very early, climbing on snow and rock terrain until you reach the summit.
Note: Keep in mind that this is a customizable ascent. The North Face isn’t a walk in the park and not every climber is the same regarding how much prep time they need. Contact us to make proper arrangements and a tailored tour for you.
After a hard day in the field, this day is all about rest. It’s time to say goodbye to your guide, but feel free to stay a bit longer in the Chamonix area!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, certified IFMGA mountain guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 5 days of climbing (including training, duration of the tour subject to changes depending on a number of factors)
- Transportation during the tour
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Chamonix, France
- Airport transfers — we recommend Mountain Drop-Offs
- Parking in Grindelwald
- Train to Jungfraujoch
- Guide gratuities — optional
In order to climb Eiger’s Mittellegi Ridge or the North Face Route, you need to be an experienced alpine climber on rock, snow, and ice. You need to have excellent physical fitness, strong mental stamina, and be capable of strenuous exercise for the entire duration of your tour. Multi-pitch climbing rope skills, including belaying and lead climbing, are essential. On some days, you’ll be climbing for 10 to 15 hours a day on technical terrain, which requires full focus and confidence.
Alpine climbing the Eiger mountain isn’t a walk in the park. Like many rewarding ascents, successful ascent of the Eiger is a result of a long preparation. That being said, this tour is not suitable for beginners. If you’re looking to get into the climbing world, we recommend this course of Chamonix rock climbing basics or a day of alpine climbing in Chamonix.
This is a list of technical climbing equipment that you’ll need:
- Alpine climbing harness with a primary attachment locking carabiner, 3 locking carabiners, 8 regular carabiners, and a belay device
- Accessory/prusik cord
- Bungee tether
- Technical ice axes
- Double length runner (48”)
- Belay/rappel device
- Trekking poles
- Bivy gear
Here’s a list of clothing we suggest you bring:
- Warm hat, face mask, sun hat
- Heavyweight, medium-weight, and lightweight gloves
- Summit mittens and hand warmers
- Neck gaiter
- Glacier glasses & ski goggles
- Softshell, hardshell, and puffy jacket
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Softshell pants, hardshell waterproof pants
- Bottom synthetic or wool long underwear bottoms
- Synthetic or wool layers, underwear, and socks
- Synthetic or wool underwear
- Mountaineering socks
- Mountaineering boots
Here are other personal items you’ll need:
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First aid kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Camera — optional
- Maps and compass
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.
Group sizes and prices:
- For alpine climbing the Eiger peak, client-to-guide ratio is 1:1. For training climbs in Chamonix, there may be 2 clients with one guide.
- The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
Alpine climbing the Eiger 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.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join alpine climbing the Eiger on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to Chamonix, most people fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), one hour away. Once you arrive, there are several ways to reach your destination, including public transport. Looking to make the airport transfer hassle-free? Check out Mountain Drop-Offs—they provide door-to-door service in their comfy and spacious shuttles.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in France and Switzerland, please refer to the official website of France Diplomacy and COVID-19 entry restrictions in Switzerland.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!