Ski touring and ski mountaineering in the Bernese Oberland is the quintessential Swiss Alps experience. Pro Guiding Service has guided on the Konkordia glacier, the Jungfrau and the Finsteraarhorn region for well over 20 weeks in many variations. We have many local connections there and speak the local language. The area south of the Jungfraujoch is the most glaciated zone in the Alps.
April 8, 2019 - April 13, 2019
➢We recommend bringing cash for use in the huts to purchase snacks, lunches, and drinks. Water must be purchased and costs approximately $7 per liter. Most Pro Guiding Service customers have found bringing $200 to $250 in the local currency allows for a good hot meal in the afternoon and plenty of drinks (including beer) for a six-day hut trip.
WHY GO WITH PRO GUIDING SERVICE? Two of the guides (Rinaldo and Martin) are Swiss guides and Rinaldo lives in Grindelwald. We know the area as well as anyone. We know the hut-keepers and have guided in this area for 20 years. We speak the local language, and have entered and exited the area from every possible direction and variation.
WHERE SHOULD I FLY INTO? You can fly into Geneva airport or the Zurich airport. Zurich is a bit closer, but Geneva works fine as well.
HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORTS TO GRINDELWALD? Both of the airports feature a state of the art train station right by the airport. Trains leave in every direction every hour. From Geneva, you would have to catch a train to Bern, from there to Interlaken and from there to Grindelwald. From Zurich, you would take the train to Bern, from there to Interlaken and from there to Grindelwald. Travel time from the airport to the hotel in Grindelwald is about 3 to 4 hours with transfers. For accurate schedule info, please refer to the following link:
WHERE DO WE STAY THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP AND IS IT EASY TO FIND? We will have reservations for you at an amazing B & B which is owned by very good friends of ours. You will be informed of the particular location well in advance. (ie. If the trip starts on Monday, April 8th, than a hotel room will be reserved for you on Sunday, April 7th.)
HOW DOES THIS TRIP DIFFER FROM THE HAUTE ROUTE OR THE ORTLER TRAVERSE? The key words are ski mountaineering. If conditions are on our side, we will be summiting a peak everyday and most of them involve a bit of basic mixed, roped climbing with crampons. You are also roaming in a smaller geographic area than on the Haute Route, but will summit more peaks at a higher elevation.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE? It is not required, but we recommend to have some basic mountaineering experience. Make sure you are fit, are a good skier and have solid ski touring experience.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE? AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THEM? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.