Glacier trails cross terrain that you simply won't experience anywhere else...

European Trekking

Glacier Trekking Europe

Trek over alpine glaciers and explore a unique environment....

European Trekking

European Glacier Trails

Alpine trails exploring the unique glacier environment...

Alpine trails are not all equal. Alpine trails incorporating trekking over a glacier offer an opportunity to explore a unique environment and achieve something over and above the norm. Completing a glacier trail is a real achievement! Take the Haute Route trail in the summer, for example: you can complete the Haute Route trail in the normal way on lower level paths or you can gain altitude with our guides and experience the trail as a stunning wilderness, far from the madding crowds.

Glacier trails cross terrain that you simply won't experience anywhere else. Often you will you get the chance to get up close to stunning ice formations and crevasses within glaciated environments, and the mountain views are quite unlike anything you'll see elsewhere! Of course, getting to and from the glaciers includes travelling through more traditional alpine environments too, so the trips offer a true all-round experience.

Mountain guides are the only mountain professionals able to guide you on an alpine trek crossing a glacier. Mountain Tracks runs guided glacier trekking adventure holidays in the Alps from several locations, each offering a different experience.

In addition to experiencing the glaciers up close and personal, you will also enjoy mountain accomodation in some breathtaking situations, camaraderie with group members and an opportunity to really appreciate walking at altitude.

Classic Haute Route trail
Classic Haute Route (Introductory)

The Summer Haute Route trail is one of the world's great multi-day treks and is featured in National Geographic's top ten worldwide treks. The Haute Route trail provides some of the finest views in the Alps, stretching from Mont Blanc to the Grand Paradiso. The 'Classic' summer Haute Route trail takes to the glaciers, as opposed to the walker's... view

Eiger Trek and Via Ferrata
The Eiger Trek (Introductory)

The Eiger Trek will take you through stunning scenery and pass directly beneath the celebrated north face of the Eiger. Starting in Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, this high alpine week combines high altitude trekking with some exhilarating via ferrata. You will be experiencing trekking on glaciated terrain and use crampons and glacier... view

Bernese Oberland
Bernese Oberland Trek (Introductory)

The Bernese Oberland is one of the Alps most impressive ranges. This trek traverses the Bernese Oberland range from east to west on a wonderful high-alpine trail across glaciated terrain and the group will be roped up and wear crampons for long sections. Stunning panoramic views stretch out in all directions making the Bernese Oberland a 'must-... view

Italian High Level Route
Italian High Level Route (Introductory)

This wonderful glacier trek - aka The Spaghetti Tour! - provides a high (mostly above 3000m) circumnavigation of the Monte Rosa massif. It crosses some of the most spectacular glacial scenery on the Swiss Italian border. The route also takes in technically straightforward peaks, some above 4000m. It has superb trekking on and off the glaciers... view

Gran Paradiso Summits
Gran Paradiso Summits (Introductory)

A superb trekking adventure in the Italian Alps. The highlight of the week is the ascent of Gran Paradiso, the highest mountain entirely within Italy.
The trip is 6 days of high-level trekking and easy climbing in one of the most beautiful national parks in the alps, which is free of tourist development and home to wildlife such as ibex,... view

Skill Level Overview


I have little or no alpine experience but I enjoy hill walking and trekking. I am competent trekking on rough, rocky footpaths. I would like to use crampons, understand basic rope work and glacial travel. Any snow patches encountered are crossed without too much fuss. Carrying a 30 litre rucksack with my daily equipment is no problem.

Stamina Level Overview

Level 1

I have good hill walking fitness and endurance and can hike for around 5-7hrs on undulating terrain at a steady pace. This would include ascents and descents of between 500 - 800m vertical. I am also happy carrying a rucksack with all my kit in it for a day. This stamina level can be achieved by regular hill walking in the UK and doing 2-3 sessions of exercise per week (long hike, cycle ride, swimming or playing sports). Working on your endurance is important as days in the Alps tend to be around 6-8hrs in length.

Level 2

I have good aerobic fitness and leg strength. I can trek up steep, rocky paths and ascend up to 800m - 1000m in a day. I enjoy being on the hill for up to 6-8 hours a day, and can cope with moderate altitudes above 3000m. To prepare for this trip the best activities are those that increase your heart rate and build your aerobic levels e.g. running, cycling and swimming. For via ferrata trips a moderate amount of upper body strength would be helpful, gained ideally through scrambling or lifting light weights.

Level 3

I have excellent cardiovascular fitness and plenty of endurance to cope with several demanding days in a row. I can climb 5-6 hours most days, and on summit days up to 10-12 hours. I have enough upper body strength to pull myself up short sections of fixed rope or ladders. Endurance fitness is gained through longer training periods of walking, running, cycling and swimming. These climbs can be strenuous with the need for upper body strength gained through, gym sessions, scrambling or in/outdoor rock climbing.

Level 4

I have a supreme level of fitness and stamina. I can move confidently on technical terrain for 10-15 hours at altitude. I have a strong upper body to tackle fixed ropes, vertical rock and ice. A prolonged period of cross training would help build endurance with 5-6 training sessions per week including walking, running, swimming and cycling. Upper body strength is essential for pitched ice and rock climbing and this can be gained from weight training or indoor climbing walls.


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