The Eiger Trail is said to be the most rewarding trails of alpine hiking. The hike is easy, but the scenery is spectacular taking you along the foot of Europe’s most renowned and challenging mountain, Eiger. The Eiger peak is 4000 metre in altitude and the north face of Eiger is the one of the most sought after climb for Alpine mountaineers. The north face of Eiger also happens to be one of the most challenging and difficult alpine climbs and has killed over 100 mountaineers.
We are not talking about the difficult Eiger North Face climb, but the easier Eiger Trail that will take you below the Eiger so that you can get a glimpse of what the climbers face. The sweeping view of the valley of Grindelwald is another reason to do this trail. And for those who are not quite fond of hiking uphill, this trail can be done downhill too. Infact the downhill trail is the more popular one.
The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are the three most famous mountain peaks in the Jungfrau region and attracted tourists and mountaineers alike. There is an interesting folklore that says long ago there were two monasteries at the top of the world. They were located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The women folk would stay on the one on a peak called the Jungfrau (the maiden) and the other one known as Eiger (the ogre) was the home of the men. In the middle stood the most formidable of the three peaks called Mönch (the monk). It used to keep both the sexes apart. These three peaks tower over the village of Grindelwald.