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Eiger Ultra Trail E51

· 2 reviews · Trail running · Bernese Oberland
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  • Eiger Ultra Trail E51
    Eiger Ultra Trail E51
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The E51 is rightly called the Panorama Trail. The view of the snow-covered Bernese Alps from the trail is simply magnificent.
difficult
Distance 49.9 km
10:15 h
2,716 m
2,716 m
2,676 m
893 m
The early bird gets the worm. If you want to complete the 51 kilometres in one day, you'd better get up early. The ascent via Grosse Scheidegg to First is quite demanding. But the panorama becomes more impressive with every metre of ascent. When you reach the Faulhorn, it's worth taking a short break. The view over Lake Brienz, the Black Forest, the Vosges and the Jura makes your heart beat even faster.

On the well-known high-altitude hiking trail to Schynige Platte, you can expect to see one or two hikers or bikers. From the Berghaus, the crisp descent to Burglauenen begins. The last few kilometres back to Grindelwald are mostly on asphalt.

 

Route characteristics

Length 51km

Height difference + 3100m / - 3100m

85% (43km) trail, hiking path, forest path 

15% (8km) asphalt

Author’s recommendation

Free running shoe test at the Backdoor Shop Grindelwald 
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Martin Strahm
Update: May 03, 2022
Difficulty
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Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Faulhorn, 2,676 m
Lowest point
Burglauenen, 893 m
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Track types

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Safety information

In spring and autumn, snow can still be present.

A good physical condition and experience in trail running is a prerequisite for mastering the route E51.

Tips and hints

 

Start

Grindelwald Sports Centre (1,034 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'637E 1'163'826N
DD
46.624132, 8.034508
DMS
46°37'26.9"N 8°02'04.2"E
UTM
32T 426084 5163849
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Destination

Grindelwald Sports Centre

Turn-by-turn directions

Grindelwald - Grosse Scheidegg - First - Oberläber Bussalp - Faulhorn - Schnynige Platte- Burglauenen - Grindelwald

Note

Wildlife refuge Grindelwald Spilmatten-Reetihorn: December 01 - April 20
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.

 

Grindelwald

From Interlaken Ost railway station we reach Grindelwald without changing trains on the Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB). Important: Get on the rear part of the train, as it splits in Zweilütschinen. If you get on at the front, you will end up in Lauterbrunnen. The journey takes 30 minutes to Grindelwald Terminal (V-Bahn). Three minutes later we are at the terminal in the village.

There are three stations in Grindelwald (Terminal, Grund and Dorf). The terminal station (Dorf) is in the centre of Grindelwald.

Getting there

From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.

 

From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.

 

Grindelwald

From Interlaken we follow the main road to Zweilütschinen. Here we turn left towards Grindelwald. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes and leads over a partly winding road.

Parking

Grindelwald

There are three public car parks: Parkhaus Eiger+ (252 parking spaces), Parkhaus Sportzentrum (160 parking spaces) and the new Terminal Parking (1000 spaces) of the V-Bahn. Alternatively, we can also use the car park in Grindelwald Grund.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'637E 1'163'826N
DD
46.624132, 8.034508
DMS
46°37'26.9"N 8°02'04.2"E
UTM
32T 426084 5163849
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • First aid kit
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always bring rain gear)
  • Drink and food
  • Telephone

Questions and answers

Question from Dominik Von Känel · July 26, 2019 · Community
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Answered by Anika Pabst  · August 08, 2019 · Community
Photo: Anika Pabst, Community

Rating

5.0
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Trailrunning- Guide.ch
January 06, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? July 14, 2018
Remo Spieler
November 07, 2018 · Community
Awesome Trailrun. Spectacular view in a breathtaking area.
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When did you do this route? July 14, 2018

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
49.9 km
Duration
10:15 h
Ascent
2,716 m
Descent
2,716 m
Highest point
2,676 m
Lowest point
893 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic

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