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UNESCO Höhenweg

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 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Airy ridge traverse with stunning 360-degree views of glaciers and mountains.


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1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

63%

Runnable

9,439' 2,877 m

High

8,712' 2,655 m

Low

593' 181 m

Up

1,303' 397 m

Down

19%

Avg Grade (11°)

83%

Max Grade (40°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This technical hike/scramble offers the maximum wow factor with the minimum approach time. Ride the Eggishorn tram up, run the route, and ride the Bettmeralp gondola down. Going this direction has gradually increasing difficulty and exposure with less overall ascent. Fixed cables, steel bars, and wooden stairs and bridges provide assistance on the steepest sections.

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Not appropriate for dogs or small children. Dangerous when wet.
Lift tickets: aletscharena.ch/en/planning…
Lift schedules: aletscharena.ch/en/planning…

Description

Ride the Fiescheralp gondola and Eggishorn tram to the top. The trail starts behind the hut with the hot tub, just west of the tram. Run up to the communication tower and then down behind it. Enjoy the widlflowers along the steep descent to the grassy saddle. In the saddle, go right at the junction.

The surface becomes all rocks as you ascend the ridge. There are some rock steps, then boulder-hopping, scrambling, and a partial ladder with iron bars and a cable. Continue up surprisingly steep terrain as the trail wraps around the southern side of the horn to a flat ridge with more glacier views. This is a great rest stop and photo op.

You can see the next section of the ridge is narrower and more exposed. Follow the markers across more rocks up and down on the ridge until you reach the last high point, Bettmerhorn. Find a flat spot to to enjoy views of the broad valley, including the mountain villages of Bettmeralp and Riederalp.

Begin the steep descent on rock, then wooden stairs and bridges. You'll end up at the Bettmeralp gondola, which leads to lunch and cold beverages.

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Jason Anderson

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Photos

Looking east along the ridge.
Jul 3, 2022 near Fiesch, CH
Descent from the communications tower.
Jul 3, 2022 near Fiesch, CH
Aletsch glacier, note the blue and white trail marker.
Jul 3, 2022 near Fiesch, CH
Partial ladder with iron bars and cable.
Jul 3, 2022 near Fiesch, CH
Surmounting a large rock pile along the ridge.
Jul 4, 2022 near Fiesch, CH
Descending to the saddle
Jul 3, 2022 near Fiesch, CH

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