The starting point of this tour is the mountain station of the Eggishorn cable car. Hike downhill to the Elsenlücke (ca. 30 mins) and continue to the start of the via ferrata. The route, which can also be tackled by those with relatively little via ferrata experience, leads across easy-to-grip surfaces and impressive rock formations. There are wonderful views of the sunny plateau throughout. Sturdy iron rungs make steep passages more manageable, while cables and railings mean you’re well secured even in the easier sections. Highlights include a Nepalese bridge (40m), a suspension bridge (30m) and a zip line (30m). The latter can only be tackled with a mountain guide, but it’s possible to skip it. After two hours of climbing and 305 metres of altitude difference, you’ll find yourself back at the starting point.
Difficulty: easy to medium (K2 – K3), no overhanging sections.
Tip: There’s an emergency exit after the first hour of climbing, just in case you feel like breaking off the tour.
Every Monday you can do a guided tour with a mountain guide from the Aletsch mountaineering centre. More info here.
Safety informationSummer sports report
Weather conditions: before setting off to tackle a via ferrata, it is important to check the weather forecast. Bad conditions can make climbing dangerous – particularly in stormy weather.
Rockfalls: because of the risk of falling rocks – usually caused by climbers higher up or by animals – all climbers are strongly advised to wear a helmet.
Safety: always leave sufficient distance between yourself and the climber ahead. There should never be more than one person between two anchor points.
Tips and hints
Getting thereTake Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, then follow Furkastrasse to the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). Take the cable car up to Eggishorn.
ParkingLarge pay car park at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).
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EquipmentAll climbers must wear a harness. Because of the risk of falling rocks along the route, a helmet is also essential. Ensure you have sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing, and bring a small rucksack with water and a snack. A suitable pair of gloves will protect your fingers and knuckles from grazes.
Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Via ferrata set
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
- Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
- Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.