Ascent of the Eggerhorn, descent into the Binntal
Climb from the young Rhône valley up a panoramic peak, and descent into the pristine Binntal valley. Thrilling experience of the scenery and villages of the Binntal Landscape Park.
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This exhilarating ascent of the Eggerhorn (2,503 m) starts in the main Rhône valley and concludes with a descent beyond into the wild Binntal valley. The contrasts along the way and the spectacular summit views of the two valley systems make for an unforgettable hike. In fact the entire route lies within the confines of the Binntal Landscape Park, known for its pristine scenery, geological variety and wealth of plant and animal life. The historical villages seem to live in a state of suspended animation, having been bypassed by modern traffic routes; several have won awards for their superb state of preservation. The hike begins in Ernen, one of the first Swiss villages to win the Wakker Prize for the conservation of its architectural heritage. Over recent years, Ernen has made a name for itself as a music village, thanks to its classical concerts in summer featuring international musicians. A steady climb through the forests above Ernen leads to a gentler ascent across the flower-covered pastures at Alpe Frid. The trail then becomes much steeper, but the reward is well worth the effort: spectacular panoramic views from the summit of the Eggerhorn. The route then leads into a different realm: the pristine Binntal valley, which was entirely cut off from the outside world for months every winter until construction of an access tunnel just half a century ago. The historical settlements of traditional wooden houses and barns, bronzed by the sun, are full of charm. Our route down from the Eggerhorn cuts across the pastures to the village of Imfeld (also known as Fäld); an alternative route features a steeper zig-zag descent to Binn. Both ancient villages are among the best-preserved in Valais. Highlights Ernen – historical “music village” with a renowned international summer festival Eggerhorn – exhilarating climb, panoramic views Binntal valley: pristine landscapes, charming villages of ancient wooden houses