Hiking & nature

Hiking ticket panorama trail Elsigenalp-Frutigen

Enjoy great views on the panoramic mountain trail from Elsigenalp to Frutigen at a special price.

In the Engstligental valley towards Adelboden, the panorama trail starts at the foot of the Elsighorn with its imposing limestone spur on the 1790 m high Elsigenalp. You can reach Elsigenalp comfortably by cable car. Downhill, the trail leads along the western flank of the Elsighorn on mountain paths and natural roads to Frutigen. Spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains are a constant companion on the hike. Fancy some regional specialities? You can buy local products and enjoy them on-site at the Oberer Achsetberg alpine hut.

You can take the train from Bern directly to Frutigen in 45 minutes. Here, you change to the bus that departs directly from the train station. You travel through the Engstligental valley to Achseten Church in 16 minutes. From here, the “on-call” bus will take you conveniently (obligatory reservation: +41 33 671 33 33) to the valley station of the Elsigenalp cable car.

Take advantage of an attractive special ticket from Frutigen that includes the bus ride and the cable car to Elsigenalp. 

The hiking tour can also be completed in reverse order.

Route description

The panoramic mountain trail begins at the Elsigenalp mountain station. In an easy descent, the narrow nature trail leads through alpine meadows and forests to the Oberer Achsetberg. Here you can enjoy impressive views of the Frutig-Spissen trench landscape on the Niesen chain on the other side of the valley. The panorama of the Adelboden valley basin opens up on the other side of the valley. You reach Trute via alpine pastures with great views. Here you will find a picnic area with a bonfire site and views of the two mountains Niesen and Niederhorn. Then the trail continues downhill to the village centre of Frutigen and on to the train station.

Key data

Route  Elsigenalp–Obere Achsetberg–Reinisch–Frutigen
Distance 10,8 km
Hiking time 3 h 10 min
Degree of difficulty Medium. The last part of the route goes steeply downhill. Those who prefer to walk uphill take the route in reverse. 
Elevation difference + 160 m / - 1170 m

Availability

The Elsigenalp-Frutigen hiking ticket is valid from 2 August to 23 October 2022 and is available from the BLS Webshop or any BLS travel centre.

Cable car summer timetable

June: 09.00–17.00, every 20 minutes
July, August: 08.30–17.00, every 20 minutes
September, October: 09.00–17.00, every 20 minutes
Last ascent at 16.40

Bus timetable (operates by appointment only)

Daily if required until 23.10.22
Achseten Church departing at 09.05, 10.05, 11.05, 13.05, 14.05, 15.05, 16.05
Elsigbach (valley station) departing at 09.35, 10.35, 11.35, 13.35, 14.35, 15.35, 16.35

The bus only runs on request. Please contact the bus driver on the bus from Frutigen or call 033 671 33 33.

 

Rates

Hiking ticket

  • CHF 28.40 Adults
  • CHF 14.20 Adults with Half Fare Travelcard
  • CHF 10.80 Adults with GA Travelcard Only ascent or descent with the Elsigenalp cable car and the “on-call” bus, train and bus from Frutigen are free of charge.
  • CHF 14.20 Children (6 to 15.99 years)
  • free Children with Junior Travelcard and Children’s Co-Travelcard

 

The following services are included in the hiking ticket:

  • Bus ride AFA: Frutigen train station–Achseten, church 
  • Elsigenalpbahn: Call bus Achsenten, church–Elsigbach, valley station
  • Elsigenalpbahn: Cable car ride to Elsigenalp

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Notes:

  • Travel to Frutigen is not included in the price.
  • No further discounts are granted to groups.
  • The transport services (Postbus, aerial cable car, BLS) are free for children with a Junior Travelcard or Co-Travelcard.

 

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Food & drink

The following places are ideal for a well-deserved refreshment en route: 

  • Berghaus Elsigenalp 
    Berghaus Elsigenalp (Elsigenalp Mountain House) is situated 300 metres from the mountain station of the cable car. It has a large sun terrace with views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Alphütte Oberer Achsetberg     
    Treat yourself to a break, and enjoy local specialities from the small alpine kiosk near the alpine hut.
  • Feuerstelle Trute
    The bonfire site invites you to linger and has a fantastic view.

Experience report Travelita

At the end of August 2022, Anita Brechbühl, better known as Travelita, wrote a report about her experiences on the panorama trail from Elsigenalp to Frutigen:

Taking in the far-reaching views of the flank of a valley on a leisurely hike downhill. That does sound like a tempting plan, doesn’t it? The panorama trail from Elsigenalp to Frutigen offers just that. The mountain hike leads you along little-used paths and across idyllic Alpine meadows over the Achsetberg mountain and down into the valley to Frutigen. A constant companion: the wonderful panoramic view of the Niesen mountain chain on the opposite side. Read more 

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Getting there

Travel conveniently by public transport to Frutigen. Here, you change to the bus that departs directly from the train station. You travel through the Engstligental valley to Achseten Church in 16 minutes. From here, the “on-call” bus will take you conveniently (obligatory +41 33 671 33 33) to the valley station of the Elsigenalp cable car.

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