The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
High route Bettmerhorn-Eggishorn
The UNESCO heritage high trail is an alpine route (marked white-blue-white) suited only for experienced hikers with no vertigo. It offers breathtaking views to the Great Aletsch glacier and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. From the south are spectacular views of the Rhône and Binn Valleys and the Valais Alps! The hike from the arrival station of the Bettmeralp cable car to the Eggishorn cable car takes 3 hours. It takes 30 minutes to hike from the cable car station to the Bettmerhorn. From there it is 1.5km the length of the ridge, after which hikers encounter a steep descent (fixed ropes for aid) to Elselücke. A good hiking trail then leads to the Eggishorn cable car station, circa 45 min.
How to get there: Cable car Betten to mountain station Bettmeralp
Return: Cable car Eggishorn to valley station Fiesch
Fitness requirements: difficult
Distance: 7.4 km
Vertical metres: +536 m, -974 m
Total hiking time: 3h25
Season: July to october
Restaurants and pubs: Mountain restaurant Bettmerhorn and Horli-Hitta Eggishorn
Accomodation: Bettmeralp, Fiesch