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UNESCO World Heritage high trail

Sure-footed hikers with a head for heights and a taste for adventure will certainly appreciate the UNESCO World Heritage high trail.

Exposed in parts but always well secured, the path leads from the Bettmerhorn (2,647 m) straight across the summit ridge to the Eggishorn (2,869 m). This hike, designated as an Alpine route, is also an unforgettable experience thanks to the stunning views of the Great Aletsch Glacier, Jungfrau, Aletschhorn and Bietschhorn to the north, as well as the Rhone Valley and the mighty 4,000 m peaks of Valais to the south.

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts from the Bettmerhorn cable car mountain station, where you can take the steep track and reach the summit of the Bettmerhorn in about 30 minutes. From here, continue for about 1.5 km along the ridge secured with climbing aids until you reach an escarpment (with fixed ropes to hold on to) and descend to the Elselicka. For your own safety, it's best not to depart from the signposted trail on these sections! Walk along the wide hiking path for about 45 minutes until you reach the Eggishorn mountain station, the end of the UNESCO World Heritage high trail.

Start: Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car (2647 m)
Destination: Eggishorn, top station of aerial cable (2869 m)

Author's recommendation

The Aletsch+ hiking pass is a combined cableway and train ticket giving you unlimited travel in the Aletsch Arena. 1-day to 21-day tickets are available.

Tickets include free travel on all Aletsch Bahnen AG (Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Fiesch-Eggishorn) services and on the Mörel – Betten Talstation – Fiesch – Fürgangen train line.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2870 m 2648 m

  • Ascent

    372 m

  • Descent

    149 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

From Brig train station to Betten Talstation (BAB) with Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (travel time: 15 -20 min.).

Approach

 Von der Kantonsstrasse 19 bei Betten Talstation ausfahren und anschliessend weiter zur Luftseilbahn.

Parking

Please inform about parking facilities in the area.

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)  

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.