Eggishorn via ferrata | Via ferrata | Eggishorn | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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Eggishorn via ferrata Eggishorn 2926 m

  • Difficulty
    K3
  • Ascent
    1:45 h
  • Mountain Experience
    1 / 4
  • Power
    2 / 4
  • Endurance
    1 / 4
  • Psyche
    3 / 4

The Eggishorn (2926 m) has one of the most beautiful panoramic views found in the Goms region. Xaver Imfeld (1853-1909), the ingenious panoramatic artist, already knew that; he has captured this view in some of his incredible paintings. However, he had to climb on foot from Fiesch, a proper mountain tour. Today, it is possible to ascend comfortably attached to thick steel cables as far as the top cable car station on the Fiescherhorli at 2869 m, just a stone's throw from the Eggishorn summit. Cables have also been hanging from the rocks of Fiescherhorli (2893 m) for a few years; from the cable car cabin you can see climbers walking an 'iron way' over its precipices, stepping across the shaky three-cable bridge and balancing along the jagged ridge, all of them looking forward to the magnificent view of the largest alpine ice stream; the Aletschgletcher.

Route description

Approach
Eggishorn via ferrata

A narrow track leads gently downhill, eastwards over the rocky grass slope of the Fiescherhorli's SE flank. Soon, the first safety cables appear; shortly after you are confronted with the 20-meter-long suspension bridge, a somewhat shaky construction. Beyond that, the route continues across the 'Snowfield Traverse', after which a short ascent leads to the ca. 40-metre-long three-cable bridge. If you get weak knees, you can avoid this particularly breezy challenge. From "Gemstritt", the route continues to the foot of the "wall creeper slabs" (emergency exit, approx. 2700 m). Here the goes (finally!) upwards, first almost vertically up a long row of iron rungs. After an airy traverse and a few small ups and downs, the "Adlerspitz" presents several small towers. The route follows these in stimulating, undulating terrain; the last (mini) challenge consists of another small suspension bridge, after which you climb scree to reach the cable car station (2869 m, 2 hours).

Additional information

Character

Only moderately demanding, with a lot of iron, this route on Fiescherhorli has two suspension bridges and a three-cable bridge. The Tyrolienne on the ridge may only be used under the guidance of a mountain guide!

Time

Total: 2 hrs. Approach: ¼ hr Ferrata: 1¾ hr

Signalisation

Blue signs at the start and finish

Descent

With the Eggishorn cable car comfortably back to the valley.

Author

Eugen Hüsler

Eugen E. Hüsler is a Zurich born author and photographer. He has written around 70 via ferrata, hiking and cycling guides and illustrated books. His many publications on via ferrata have led to the nickname “Klettersteig-Papst“ (Via Ferrata Pope).

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