Because of its gigantic north face, the Eiger (which means ‘ogre’) is a world-famous mountain and one of the “big three”, together with the Matterhorn and the Mont Blanc. Mittellegi ridge, which forms the left ridge of the north face, stands with impressive walls and towers, and forms a sharp ridge covered by snow that leads us to the summit. It is an even more technical ascent than the Matterhorn, although some sections have fixed ropes. It was the last big ridge of the Oberland to be climbed (1921).
The most popular routes to the Eiger’s summit are the South Ridge or the Mittellegi Ridge. Both routes are technical. Their difficulty is classified as severe American 5.4-5.5 V grade, and they are suitable only for climbers with experience in alpine terrain (including use of pick and crampons) and a very good physical condition.
With strong climbers who choose our five-day tour, we can climb the Mittellegi Ridge. The Mittellegi Integrale is one of the longest and most challenging ascents of such difficulty level in the Alps. It is a three-day ascent of 2,500 meters from the small town Alpiglen to the summit. This ascent is for people who are able to do rock climbing. Its difficulty is classified as American 5.8 alpine V+ grade. For the more technical section, you will need climbing shoes.
The aim of this tour is to enjoy a wonderful week of technical mountaineering around the Eiger, as well as to make a safe and successful ascent (and descent!) of the summit. Our six-day tour includes four days of acclimatization to altitude and technical preparation. During those four days, we ascend to mountains such as the Mönch (which means ‘the Monk’) and Jungfrau (which means ‘the Virgin’).