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Alpine hike: UNESCO high-altitude trail from Bettmerhorn to Eggishorn

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  • Aletschgletscher, View Point, Eggishorn
    / Aletschgletscher, View Point, Eggishorn
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  • / Aletschgletscher, Eggishorn
    Photo: Angelika Wenger, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Der Grosse Aletschgletscher
    Photo: Angelika Wenger, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Gipfelkreuz Bettmerhorn, UNESCO-Höhenweg Bettmerhorn - Eggsihorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Der Grosse Aletschgletscher, UNESCO-Höhenweg Bettmerhorn-Eggishorn
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  • / UNESCO-Höhenweg Bettmerhorn - Eggishorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / UNESCO-Höhenweg Bettmerhorn - Eggishorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / UNESCO-Höhenweg Bettmerhorn - Eggishorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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The ridge trail promises genuine challenges and fantastic views of the Aletsch Glacier and the Valais mountain scenery. Sure-footed hikers with a head for heights will love it!
open
moderate
3 km
3:00 h
372 m
149 m
The hike starts at the Bettmeralp cable-car mountain station. It takes about half an hour to reach the summit of the Bettmerhorn (2,647m) via a fixed rope route. From there you follow the partly exposed but well-secured ridge trail for about 1.5km, until you reach the steep descent down to Elselicka. Cable handrails are provided for your safety. The path along the ridge is designated an Alpine Route, meaning that it is suitable only for sure-footed hikers with no fear of heights! Keep to the white/blue marked path on this section! From Elselicka, the route follows a well-maintained hiking trail up to the mountain station of the Eggishorn cable car (2,869m), the end of the UNESCO high-altitude trail.

Author’s recommendation

Get yourself the Aletsch+ hiking Pass! The combined cableway and train ticket gives you unlimited travel in the Aletsch Arena!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: June 26, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2870 m
Lowest point
2648 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Mountain hut Horli-Hitta
Panorama-Restaurant Bettmerhorn

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.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips, hints and links

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

 

Start

Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car (2647 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.410598, 8.076719
DMS
46°24'38.2"N 8°04'36.2"E
UTM
32T 429038 5140083
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Destination

Eggishorn, top station of aerial cable

Turn-by-turn directions

Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car – summit Bettmerhorn – Elselicka - Eggishorn, top station of aerial cable

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Betten valley station. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Betten Valley Station exit. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Parking

Large pay car park near the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). 

Coordinates

DD
46.410598, 8.076719
DMS
46°24'38.2"N 8°04'36.2"E
UTM
32T 429038 5140083
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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

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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Questions & Answers

Question about Patrick Goetschi · 2 days ago · Community
Bonjour, le sentier alpin de Bettmerhorn à l'Eggishorn est-il aussi faisable dans l'autre sens, difficulté identique ? Nous partons demain, les conditions météo semble défavorable, le sentier est-il praticable si le terrain est gras ? Nous avons une bonne expérience de la montagne et des sentiers bleu-blanc, nous gérons avec plaisir un T4. Nous partons en train de Romont jusqu'à Fiescheralp, et passons 2 nuits. Avez-vous un conseil concernant le prix des transport publique ? Merci d'avance pour votre réponse. Patrick
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Answer by Aletsch Arena AG · Yesterday · Aletsch Arena AG
Bonjour, Ce chemin peut être suivi des deux côtés. Il n'est pas recommandé dans des conditions humides et brumeuses. Vous trouvez les prix des téléphériques ici: https://www.aletscharena.ch/remontees-mecaniques/billets-et-tarifs/trajets-individuels/ Si vous avez d'autres questions vous pouvez nous contacter info@aletscharena.ch / Tel +41 27 928 58 58 Meilleures salutations de Aletsch Arena
Question about bernard lefranc · June 16, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, le sentier d'altitude de l'UNESCO du Bettmerhorn à l'Eggishorn sera-t-il encore fermé du 20 au 27/06/2020? Merci d'avance pour votre réponse. Cordialement
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Answer by Aletsch Arena AG · June 18, 2020 · Aletsch Arena AG
Actuellement, il y a encore de la neige sur les sommets. Nous ne penserons pas que le sentier va ouvrir. Veuillez consulter le bulletin d'été, https://www.aletscharena.ch/remontees-mecaniques/bulletin-dete/, pour savoir quels sentiers de randonnée sont ouverts.

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
372 m
Descent
149 m
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