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Hike from Fieschertal to Ernen via Fiesch

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A wonderfully easy valley hike with something for everyone: families with children, pleasure hikers and even wheelchair users will all find their ideal version of the route.
Open
easy
Distance 5.3 km
1:45 h
194 m
104 m
1,196 m
1,007 m
The first stage of the hike takes you from Fieschertal to Fiesch, with a choice of three different routes: the Gogwärgiweg trail, which is perfect for families; the wheelchair path along the Wysswasser river; and the Bregeraweg trail. Once you arrive in Fiesch, you’ll cross the village, passing some notable buildings along the way: from the hotel du Glacier (which was built in 1847 and is the oldest hotel in Fiesch) you pass the schoolhouse, the Kreyghaus and the Präfektenhaus on your way to the historic centre of Oberegg and its picturesque houses. Take the street that leads to the turn-off to Ernen. Turn left towards Hotel Christania, pass the Milachra development and follow the path which leads under the bypass down to the power station. After crossing the bridge, continue via the old mule track through Ärnerfäld and up to Ernen, which was awarded the Wakker Prize for its exemplary preservation of its village architecture. Take the PostBus from Ernen back to Fiesch or Fieschertal.

Author’s recommendation

A tour of Ernen is a must while you’re there! The picturesque ‘music village’ is well worth a look as the recipient of a Swiss Heritage Society award.
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Update: April 14, 2022
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
1,196 m
Lowest point
1,007 m
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Rest stops

Wirtschaftt St.Georg
Brownie’s Restaurant & Pub

Safety information

Summer sports report 

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Aletsch Arena AG accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.  

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page. 
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife. 
  • Close gates after passing through. 
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. 
  • Do not leave any waste in nature. 

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG 
Furkastrasse 39 
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet 
+41 27 928 58 58 
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch 

Start

Fieschertal, bus stop (1,108 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'654'144E 1'141'712N
DD
46.424575, 8.142985
DMS
46°25'28.5"N 8°08'34.7"E
UTM
32T 434148 5141579
w3w 
///unscathed.binders.craftsmen

Destination

Ernen

Turn-by-turn directions

Fieschertal – Fiesch – Ernen

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, then catch the PostBus to Fieschertal. 

Getting there

Leave Cantonal Road 19 at the Fiesch exit, then follow Fieschertalstrasse to Fieschertal. 

Parking

There are limited parking spaces (charges apply) at the village square in Fieschertal. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'654'144E 1'141'712N
DD
46.424575, 8.142985
DMS
46°25'28.5"N 8°08'34.7"E
UTM
32T 434148 5141579
w3w 
///unscathed.binders.craftsmen
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher 

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Equipment

We recommend:   

  • good footwear 
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket 
  • hat or cap 
  • sunscreen  
  • bottle for water 
  • picnic 
  • camera 
  • binoculars (optional) 
  • hiking poles (optional)  
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)   

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Status
Open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
194 m
Descent
104 m
Highest point
1,196 m
Lowest point
1,007 m
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