Explore the original E101 and E51 trails yourself or in the company of our organisers in preparation for your Eiger Ultra Trail experience. The mountain lodgings along the original track are ideal places for overnight stays and early - or late morning starts. All original trail are signed marked all the year. Depending on snow conditions, the trail is usually viable from mid-June to mid-October.
Discover the E101 & E51 with a guide and guaranteed race entry
Ready for the ultimate race-recon trip? Already aware of where the technical trail sections and potential stumbling blocks lie? Grab your chance to discover the E101 and E51 routes on an extended weekend with one of our Eiger Ultra Trail founders and receive personal running advice and valuable insider knowledge to prepare yourself for Race Day. Enjoy guaranteed race entry as a participant of a guided tour. In order to really internalize the trail, we will spend the night in mountain lodges at key points along the route – all you need to organise is transport to and from Grindelwald and/or extra overnight stays in the village if you wish to stay longer. The running distance per day is between 25 and 40km. Those opting for the E51 trail will accompany the group until Burglauenen.
We meet at 8:45 at Grindelwald main train station, trail run begins on the actual E101 route toward Grosse Scheidegg, crossing to First then up to Bachalpsee and traversing to Bussalp-Oberläger before the last climb to the Faulhorn at 2680m - the highest altitudinal point on the Eiger Ultra Trail and from where we can rest and enjoy the breath-taking panorama. The normal E101 loop section First-Bort-First will be omitted.
As dawn breaks, we leave the Faulhorn for the traverse to Schynige Platte and down to Burglauenen, where we say goodbye to our E51 companions. Next comes the teasing climb to Wengen and up to the Männlichen ridge where we spend our second overnight stay. Watching the sun set on the faces of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau will leave an indelible impression on the memory.
We start towards Eiger-Mönch-Jungfrau and enjoy the view on the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch after the climb of the Lauberhorn. Our discovery tour will end with the great Eiger Trail below the North Face and the tricky uphill to Pfingstegg.
Trail guides Werner Marti & Déborah Chiarello
Werner Marti, founding member and the driving force of the technical management of the Eiger Ultra Trail. Wedi as he is known, is a double World Champion and multiple World Cup winning member of the Swiss national Ski Mountaineering team. He also acts as ambassador for Grindelwald. Déborah is multiple-time winner of the E35 race and race record holder Patrouille des Glaciers (Arolla-Verbier). Both are ambassadors for the Eiger Ultra Trail.
Dates & Reservation info
Each person carries their own backpack (A recommended packing list is available upon booking). Showers are available for use at Männlichen on the second night (E101). Prices for private double rooms in the mountain lodges are available on request. For those wishing to extend their stay in Grindelwald either side of the tour, we recommend the Trail Hotels. Upon booking you will receive further information about discovering the E101. General Terms of Contract listet below apply to the offer "Discover E101 and E51".
Discover the E101 & E51 for yourself
Surveying the route in advance can be very advantageous to your race success. The mountain lodges along the original trails are ideally located and well equipped for overnight stays and provide the ultimate starting point for a day’s trail running. The various public buses, mountain rail and cableways are located near the main trail points, for those who may only wish to explore certain sections of the trail route. We warmly recommend the following mountain lodges, which are great partners each year to organize the event. For overnights in the village check the Trail Hotels.
Berghotel Grosse Scheidegg 1962m
Grosse Scheidegg is a great base for family or business trips and hiking. We also host model aircraft club-meets, ours being an ideal location to offer great conditions for such hobbies. Keen cyclists can also relish the challenge of tackling the pass over Grosse Scheidegg between Meiringen and Grindelwald, the same route taken by the road cycling race, the Tour of Switzerland as recently as 1999 and 2011.
More info: www.grosse-scheidegg.ch
Window with a view instead of Windows with insight: On 2`200 meters above sea level, right at the top station of the First aerial cableway, you will find our mountain inn. With 350 indoor seats and 300 terrace seats, the restaurant offers the ideal size for events up to 300 people. The unforgettable mountain panorama overlooking the upper Grindelwald glacier, the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen and Grindelwald lets you forget everyday life. First Cliff Walk by Tissot, which runs along the rock wall on a viewing platform, can beat a little faster, even with bold heart. More Info: www.berggasthausfirst.ch
Berghotel Faulhorn 2680m
The Faulhorn mountain hotel with its world renowned views across the Bernese Oberland, not only offers great food and hospitality for hikers and Trail runners alike, but its high altitude accommodation at 2680m also provides its guests with a unique optimal location for acclimatising whilst making a reconnaissance of the Eiger Ultra Trail. More info: www.berghotel-faulhorn.ch
Berghaus Männlichen 2225m
The guest house stands atop the Männlichen ridge where the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys meet. Guests are warmly invited to enjoy the awe inspiring views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains from the restaurants sun terrace where you can sit back and let nature weave its magic whilst tucking into a dish of our traditional cuisine. Berghaus Männlichen is easily accessible by cable car from Grindelwald or Wengen, by bike, hike, or of course as a hot-footed trail runner. More Info: www.berghaus-maennlichen.ch
Restaurant Grindelwaldblick nestles in the hillside of Kleine Scheidegg, directly on the Panoramaweg hiking trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg (part of the E101 course!). A perfect location also during the winter ski season, guests profit not just from its large sun terrace with views across to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, but also from the food and drink on offer in the cosy guest 'Stube'. More Info: www.grindelwaldblick.ch
Berghaus Alpiglen 1616m
Alpiglen, lying directly beneath the north face of the Eiger, is an ideal starting point for hikes in and around the Kleine Scheidegg – Männlichen area, a special highlight being the Eiger Trail hike between Alpiglen and Eigergletscher. For those seeking more technical challenges, the area also boasts two via ferrata on the Eiger Ostegg and on the Rotstock, or just come along for a training run! Here, guests simply revel in the magnificent mountain scenery of Alpiglen and the view down to the Grindelwald valley. More Info: www.alpiglen.ch