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THE EIGER: TRAILS OF GRINDLEWALD

Entlebuch

Grindelwald, 6163 Entlebuch Luzern, Schweiz

Wed 25th May 2022 - Sun 29th May 2022

Starting at 09:00

1 race

£300.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

We are taking bookings for departures into 2022 and beyond into 2023, but understand anyone considering travel will likely have additional concerns and questions.

During uncertain times, flexibility and confidence can be invaluable, and we understand you might be apprehensive when it comes to booking a trail running adventure right now.

So, we wanted to outline our assurances for all new and existing bookings:

FULLY REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS - On all new bookings. For all new bookings we have now included a six-week cooling off period which begins after the day your book with us. What that means is that your initial deposit is fully-refundable in the event that you change your mind, no questions asked.

Once the six-week cooling off period has ended your deposit payment then comes in line with our existing terms and conditions which states that deposit payments made are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by yourself.

FLEXIBLE CHANGES - For all bookings, we’re allowing you to flexibly change to any other future departure (dependent on availability) using existing monies paid as credit. We are also reducing the number of days’ notice we ask for before your departure for you to make changes, down from 90 days to 45 days. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 45 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date.

FINANCIAL PROTECTION - All customers booking with Pure Trails Adventure are fully financial protected in the unlikely event of financial failure by the company. When you book your adventure with us you are covered by the Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection. What that means is that your holiday with us is financially safe, secure and water tight with 100% protection and no additional cost.

TRIP POSTPONEMENT - As a travel company based in the UK, we follow The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If they advise against ‘all but essential travel’ or ‘all travel’ to a destination, we’ll postpone or amend itineraries in accordance with this advice. If your running adventure is affected as a result of these changes, one of our team will contact you directly. If we need to postpone your trip for any other reason, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Please, rest assured, though – if your trip is postponed, for any reason, you will still get the running adventure you paid for, on a date that suits you and this will remain 100% financially protected.

C-19 PLAN
Pure Trails Adventure has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Marvelous Grindlewald is arguably one of the finest valleys in the world, embedded with dramatic mountain scenery, charming Swiss culture, and endless trails to explore. The valley also just happens to be host to one of the most notorious mountains in the world - the mighty Eiger and its infamous North Face.

Grindlewald is our base for the entire trip, staying in a cosy alpine hotel where we have views of the Eiger directly from our bedroom windows.

Each day we’ll trail run a selection of inspiring routes, utilising the free local transportation system, as well as taking cable cars to get us up high and exploring the high mountain terrain.

We’ll experience running trails from lush alpine meadows and waterfalls, glacial gorges, rushing rivers, and mighty mountains. What more can you ask for!

Races

  • The Eiger: Trails of Grindlewald

    £300.00

    Final Balance of £845 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure

    CLOSED

Book

  • The Eiger: Trails of Grindlewald

    £300.00

    Final Balance of £845 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure

    CLOSED

What's Included

4 days guided trail running

4 nights accommodation (twin or double room share)

Half-board throughout with a fixed 3-course menu

Led by two professional trail running guides

Free use of the public bus

Nutriathletic Swiss sports nutrition shakes, drinks, bars, and gels

Trails & Trees: with every booking, we plant a tree

  • Experience trail running in one of the finest valleys found on earth - Grindlewald
  • Run along the spectacular Eiger trail traversing high mountain routes and lush alpine meadows
  • Experience a semi-supported adventure travelling only with light-packs led by two qualified mountain runners
  • Relax at our alpine hotel with sundowners overlooking the Eiger North Face

Course Details

Total Distance: approx. 55+ km

Total Running Days: 4 Days

Lowest Elevation: 1,034m

Highest Elevation: 2,680m

*The daily distances and itinerary may change according to local weather conditions and the groups condition.

itinerary

+ DAY 1: ARRIVE INTO GRINDLEWALD
Arrival into Grindelwald

Check-in from 16:00 and relax

Meet the group for a breifing with tea/coffee on the veranda

Optional: Light 5km trail run to explore the local area

Group dinner at the hotel

Overnight Hotel with half-board

+ DAY 2: TRAIL RUN PFINGSTEGG
Swiss breakfast at the hotel

Meet the group at 10am on the balcony for a team briefing + prepare our gear

Approx. 10-12km to Pfingstegg run starting at the hotel

Following the trails through the village, woods and the glacier gorge and get a beautiful first impression of the valley we are staying in

Afternoon to relax with further optional activities

Overnight Hotel with half-board

+ DAY 2: THE EIGER TRAIL
Swiss breakfast at the hotel

Walk to the cable car station and take the lift up the mountain to First

Soak up the impresive view of the Eiger mountains on the other side of the valley

17km panorama trail run through mountain meadows, rocky trails, snow fields and along a mountain lake, to the Faulhorn guest house (2680m) where we stop for lunch (extra cost)

Our trail run ends at First and take the lift back down to Grindelwald.

Walk back to our hotel

Afternoon to chill and relax

Group dinner at the Alpenblick

+ DAY 3: THE EIGER TRAIL
Swiss breakfast at the hotel

Trail Run (15km) the Eiger Trail up to Eigergletscher oder Kleine Scheidegg along the foot of the Eiger North Face

After a beer and snack at the mountain restaurant we take the Eiger Express cable car down to Grindelwald

Arrive back at the hotel with time to chill & relax

Group dinner at the Alpenblick

+ DAY 5: RECOVERY TRAILS & HOMEWARD BOUND
Swiss Breakfast at the hotel

Pack-up and check-out

10km Recovery trails along the Lütschine River from Burglauenen back to Grindelwald

Shower at the hotel, with lunch and beer to toast our trip

Farewell and own onward arrangements

Note: All routes and program can be changed do to the weather and conditions as well as shortened if necessary.

not included

International flights

Arrival / departure transfers

Cost of the cable car

Beverages and snacks

Lunches

Personal equipment

Laundry

Travel Insurance (REQUIRED before the trips departure - for cancellation, accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage or personal effects)

Tips

Single Supplement (available on request)

accommodation

Hotel Alpenblick
Located in a blissful spot just metres away from central Grindlewald our base for the experience will be the Hotel Alpenblick.

From the hotel, we have immense views of the towering Eiger and the entire Grindlewald valley. Its cosy set-up makes it a perfect space to chill after magical days on the trail.

faqs

FLIGHTS

We specialise in arranging excellent trail running holidays but do not book international flights. As there is a great variety of value flights departing from all over the world to Zurich International Airport (ZRH).

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE

We begin the running experience from the Alpenblick hotel, Grindlewald and it is, therefore, necessary to make your own travel arrangements to get to the hotel. Getting to Grindlewald is relatively straightforward and we recommend taking an international flight to Zurich airport (ZRH) and then taking a train to Grindlewald (usually 2-changes along the way). The journey by train can take up to 3 hours.

On arrival into Grindlewald, the hotel Alpenblick is an easy 10-min walk from the station.

VISAS

British citizens can enter and remain in Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days in every 6-month period without a visa.

GROUP MANAGEMENT

Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our Swiss running guide who will be with us on the trip.

By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.

TRAIL RUNNING

Over the course of the experience, we will trail run a rich variety of routes; ranging from lower alpine meadow to higher mountain skylines. We have purposefully designed this trip to be inclusive of a range of running abilities, but there is an assumption that participants arrive on the trip in good fitness and that you are capable of being on your feet for between 2 - 5 hours on each of the days.

TEMPERATURES

May is a beautiful time to be in Grindlewald as the days begin to get longer, the temperatures slowly rise and the meadows are filled with spring flowers. Daytime temperatures range from 09 - 15 degrees C, but in the sun it can feel a lot hotter. At night, as with travel to the mountains, we expect temperatures to dip down to 5 degrees C. As a result we need to be prepared for all weather with the possibility of rain and foggy conditions, as well as bright sunshine.

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