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Jakob Edholm

Glacier trekking

Alps

Relaxed hiking on mountain trails and glaciers, great panorama views over the mountains. Hut to hut trekking in the alps in summer is an enjoyable way to discover the alpine scenery.

We can travel up to 5-6 persons in one group. We carry light backpacks and live in nice mountain huts.

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Travel on glaciers in summer is a great experience. Hut to hut trekking on glaciers is for hikers of all ages who want have a pleasant time in the mountains and discover adventurous terrain by foot without involving any technical climbing. We sleep in mountain huts and enjoy local food and mountain culture.

Depending on how many days you want to be away and what area you want to discover we design the perfect program for your group. Here’s a example of treks we can do:

  • Haute Route, Chamonix-Zermatt 7days
  • Chamonix Mer de Glace tour, 3days
  • High Glacier trek of Tour du Mont Blanc, 5days
  • Berner Oberland, 6days
  • Glacier trek Engelberg, 3days

Glacier trekking is also a nice way to get introduced to easier alpine climbing. On the glaciers we use crampons and ice-axes and are always roped up together. We always start the treks with adequate training to be able to use this equipment properly.

Program, Glacier trek Engelberg

Engelberg is a quiet and peaceful place in summertime. Cozy huts, beautiful surroundings and less people than other parts in the alps. You stay at Hotel in Engelberg before and after the trek. There’s lot of other nice hikes and alpine activities in the area. Feel free to make a request about extended tailored programs.

DAY 1

Preparing equipment and packing. Walking up to Spannorthütte, 1956m.

DAY 2

Starting the hike early in the morning with head torches. Enjoying the sun rise at Schlossberglücke at 2624m. We continue the glacier walk to Krönten 3107m before we go down to Kröntenhütte where we spend the night.

Day 3

Ascending Gross Spannort, 3198m. A classic easy peak in the area. Walking down to Fürenalp and Engelberg in the afternoon.

Program, Mer du Glace tour

There exist various alternatives and link-ups for glacier treks around the Mont Blanc Massif.  A fantastic day tour is traversing the Vallé Blanche from Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner in Italy. Below is an example of a three day glacier trek around the same area, perfect as weekend trip.

Day 1

We start in Chamonix by the Montenvers train up to 1913m. From here we walk down to Mer du Glace by the steep iron stairs. On the glacier we train with crampons and ice-axe before we walk up to Couvercle hut at 2687m where we spend the night.

Day 2

We walk a great loop by first passing the Leschaux hut then on the Leschaux glacier before we arrive to the Requin hut, 2516m. From here we have a great view over the mighty Géant glacier. We spend the night in the Requin hut

Day 3

Hiking to Montenvers train over the Mer du Glace. We’re back in Chamonix in the afternoon.

We are happy to arrange glacier trekking trips from mid June to mid September. 

Check if we have this activity already planned in the booking calendar, if not make a request and we will get back to you soon.

LEVEL REQUIRED

Very good fitness. No previous experience of alpine climbing is needed.

GUIDE / CLIENT RATIO

Up to six clients per guide.

LENGTH

Depending on route. From 1day to 7days

PERIOD

Mid June to mid September

ASSURANCE

The client needs a travel and accident insurance for the implementation of this activity.

PRICE

2-3 clients 650 CHF/day
4-6 clients 850 CHF/day

NOTE

Expenses for the guide is not included in the daily fee(lifts, travel costs, lodging etc.).
The price is based on the recommended daily fee by the Swiss Bergführerverband, SBV.

Guide fee is depending on
  • Type of activity and where
  • Course seriousness and difficulty
  • Course length (day tour or bivinights included)
  • If going alone or in a bigger group
  • If booking a single day or several days
  • High season or low season

Glacier trekking EQUIPMENT LIST

Below is a recommended checklist that may change depending on conditions and choice of  trekking tour. Please contact us if you need to rent anything of the list below.

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

Crampons, harness, ice-axe, helmet, mountain boots, trekking poles.

OTHER EQUIPMENT
  • Backpack 35 liters
  • Head torch & spare batteries
  • Warm hat & sunhat
  • Warm jacket
  • Underlayer, mid layer, extra socks
  • Jacket (wind and waterproof)
  • Trousers (wind and waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Thin and warm gloves
  • Sunglasses

  • Water bottle 1 liter
  • Thermos
  • Snacks, Bars
  • Blister kit: Including Compeed blister plasters and elastoplast or similar
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs: If you sleep together in the dormitory at the mountain station and there is a lot of movement.
  • Sleeping sheet for the huts