We climb the Eiger by the long and exposed Mittellegi Ridge that is the east ridge of the mountain overlooking the famous north face. The first few days of the program involve warming up on some classic peaks around Chamonix and then in the Oberland close to the Eiger. These ascents are very good for getting your mind and body prepared for the intensity of climbing a big alpine route like the Eiger’s Mittellegi Ridge.
The climbing on the Mittellegi is predominantly on rock with a very exposed snow crest near the top. Initially you will climb in the dark making use of the headtorch and as dawn breaks you will be suitably impressed with the exposure on both sides of the ridge! The climb stays near the ridgeline, moving from side to side of the ridge, over and around towers and in the steeper sections, we are aided by a thick handline that is fixed in place on the mountain.
In order to get up this long route, prospective climbers must be confident in rock climbing in alpine boots to grade US5.7/ Aus 15/ UK HS and be capable of moving at a steady pace for extended periods in technical terrain. We descend from the summit via the West Flank or the South Ridge, depending on conditions.
Dates: July to September annually
Duration: 5 days / 6 nights
Departure: ex Chamonix France or Lauterbrun, Switzerland
Price: Mittellegi Ridge 1:1 guiding EUR3700 ex Chamonix
Mittellegi Ridge 1:1 guiding EUR4400 ex Lauterbrun
You can view the trip notes for the guided ascent of the Eiger via the Mitellegi Ridge, ex Chamonix France or Lauterbrun, Switzerland online or download a pdf by clicking on the below links:
|Eiger Guided Ascent Mittellegi Ridge ex Chamonix 2013|
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|Eiger Guided Ascent Mittellegi Ridge ex Lauterbrun 2013|
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You can view the trip notes for the guided ascent of the Eiger via the South Ridge, ex Chamonix France, or Lauterbrun, Switzerland online or download a pdf by clicking on the below links:
|Eiger Guided Ascent South Ridge ex Chamonix 2013|
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|Eiger Guided Ascent South Ridge ex Lauterbrun 2013|
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See also our Matterhorn Guided Ascent options (Hornli Ridge, ex Chamonix or Zermatt)
Mont Blanc Guided Ascent options (5 day and 3 day add-on)
New Zealand Guided Ascents (Mt Cook, Aspiring, Tasman, Tutoko)