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Via Ferrata

Eggishorn via ferrata

Via Ferrata · Wallis
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  • Eggishorn via ferrata
    / Eggishorn via ferrata
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  • Suspension bridge at the Eggishorn via ferrata
    / Suspension bridge at the Eggishorn via ferrata
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  • Roped bridge at the Eggishorn via ferrata
    / Roped bridge at the Eggishorn via ferrata
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  • The Eggishorn via ferrata is especially family-friendly
    / The Eggishorn via ferrata is especially family-friendly
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  • Eggishorn via ferrata
    / Eggishorn via ferrata
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  • Fotospot auf dem Eggishorn mit Sicht auf den Aletschgletscher
    / Fotospot auf dem Eggishorn mit Sicht auf den Aletschgletscher
    Photo: Fabian Röthlisberger, Valais/Wallis Promotion
Map / Eggishorn via ferrata
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Exciting crossings, vertical climbs and amazing views. Eggishorn via ferrata is a unique experience, and although it demands sure-footedness, a head for heights and good general fitness, it is suitable for the less experienced climber.
moderate
1.4 km
3:00 h
285 m
145 m
Strong iron rungs, cables and rails provide excellent protection. Highlights for the more adventurous spirits can be circumnavigated. Climbing enthusiasts without mountain experience may tackle the adventure of the via ferrata with the help of an experienced mountain guide. The via ferrata can be reached from the top station of the Eggishorn cable car in 15 minutes.

Difficulty
B/C moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Eggishorn, 2869 m
Lowest point
Elselücke, 2724 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
NESW
Approach
0 m 0:15 h
Wall height
285 m
Climbing length
1000 m, 2:00 h
Descent
0 m

Safety information

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.

Equipment

All 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.

Tips, hints and links

Rental:
  • Local sports shops in Fiesch

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Mountain station Eggishorn (2867 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.427221, 8.093119
UTM
32T 430320 5141916

Destination

Mountain station Eggishorn

Turn-by-turn directions

From the top station of the Eggishorn cable car, follow the high-altitude trail inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage Sites to reach the Elselücke col, and then follow the path on the left to reach the start of the via ferrata. Along the route, you negotiate various obstacles over the course of about an hour as you cross the rock of the Fiescherhorli. An intermediate exit offers the chance to leave the route before it heads upwards again. The via ferrata then continues along the ridge, over the rocks and then across a suspension footbridge before reaching the top station of the cable car.

Public transport

Frequent Intercity trains from all over Switzerland to Brig. Take the southern exit of the train station and change to the regional trains in direction to Fiesch. From Fiesch have a walk to the Eggishorn cable car.

Getting there

Highway A9 to Brig, then take the cantonal road (19) to Fiesch. Coming from Lucerne region, cross the Furka pass and drive down the cantonal road (19) to Fiesch.

Parking

Parking at the Eggishorn cable car.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
B/C moderate
Distance
1.4 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
285 m
Descent
145 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent Summit route Completely cable-insured

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