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  • The Aletsch Glacier is the largest in the Alps. This is a panoramic view of the glacier and surrounding peaks, as seen from the viewing platform at the cable car station.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • The Wannenhorn massif seen from the summit of Eggishorn shortly before sunrise.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • The Aletschhorn at 4,193 meters high with the Mittelaletschgletscher on its eastern slope.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • The Nesthorn, Aletschhorn, and surrounding mountains at sunrise with a cloud inversion.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • Wannenhorn and Strahlhorn catching the morning light beautifully with a cloud inversion.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • Bettmeralp pokes out of the clouds in the foregroud with the Matterhorn, the Dufourspitze, and Dent Blanche in the distance.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • Looking toward the Jungfrau and Mönch with a cloud inversion covering the Aletsch Glacier.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • Telephoto of the glacier, seen from Eggishorn.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • Olmenhorn, seen from the summit of Eggishorn.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
  • The glacier stretches from the Jungfrau all the way past Eggishorn and beyond.- Fiescheralp to Eggishorn Hike
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Pros: 
Incredible views. Lots of different hiking paths. Varied and interesting terrain. Cable car options.
Cons: 
Crowded viewpoint. Typically requires long hike or expensive cable car.
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Region:
Other,
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
9,591.00 ft (2,923.34 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Total elevation gain: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,209.00 ft (2,197.30 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you're looking for a challenging hike with fantastic views and lots of different hiking options, then you will enjoy the hike from Fiescheralp to Eggishorn. The hike offers amazing views of the Aletsch Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Alps and is amazing to see. There are lots of options for hiking in this region as well as numerous cable cars, which makes it easy to enjoy this fantastic region.

The hike described here begins at Fiescheralp, which is a small and touristy mountain village with several hotels and restaurants. To get here you'll need to take a cable car, which leaves from nearby the Fiesch train station. There is parking at the cable car station. Check here for a timetable and prices (under "Fiesch-Eggishorn," look at "Fiesch-Fiescheralp").

Note that you can also begin the hike at the Fiesch train station. However, due to the demanding hike and the extra elevation, it may be worth it to just take the cable car to Fiescheralp and begin hiking there; it saves over 3,700 feet of elevation!

Once you reach Fiescheralp, head right from the cable car station. You'll soon see a yellow hiking sign (and a drinking fountain). Follow this sign down the gravel road toward Eggishorn. At 0.7 miles, keep an eye out for the trail on the left, which will take you up toward Eggishorn. The rocks are painted with blazes and labels, and there are yellow signs. The trail will immediately become steeper and start switchbacking up the slope.

There are a few points where the trail crosses ski runs, which can make the trail a bit hard to follow. However, just keep following the yellow signs toward Eggishorn. The trail is marked with white-red-white blazes.

When you are approaching the summit, the trail becomes more technical as you navigate over rock scrambles. The final push to the Eggishorn cable car station is steep, but as soon as you reach the ridge you are rewarded with incredible vistas of the Aletsch Glacier. Across from the cable car station there is also a very small restaurant.

But the hike isn't over yet. To the north stands the Eggishorn at 9,600 feet. It's only a 15- to 20-minute walk to the summit - and the views are worth it. To the south, west, and north the massive Aletsch Glacier flows from the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks. To the east there are too many mountains to count. And on a clear day, you can also see the Matterhorn and the Dufourspitze off to the south!

The summit of Eggishorn is very rocky, and there's not a lot of space to sit, but back near the cable car station is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or snack. When you are done you can either take the cable car or hike down from here back to Fiescheralp and Fiesch.

For an easier (and maybe more sensible) option, you can do this hike in reverse by taking the cable car to Eggishorn and hiking down to Fiescheralp. Make sure you bring water, because although there are bathrooms at Eggishorn, there is no potable water (except if you buy it at the restaurant).

It goes without saying that you should bring warm clothing. Even in August, Eggishorn reaches temperatures below freezing every morning, and it can get very windy as well. Be sure to plan ahead, and you'll have a great time in the Aletsch region!

Be sure also to check out the Eggishorn to Bettmeralp adventure!

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