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Hiking ticket panorama trail Elsigenalp-Frutigen

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

At Elsigenalp, situated at an altitude of 1790 meters in the Engstligental valley near Adelboden, the panoramic trail begins at the foot of Elsighorn. Elsigenalp can be easily reached by cable car. The path descends along the western flank of Elsighorn, traversing mountain trails and natural roads until reaching Frutigen. Spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains accompany you throughout the hike.

Craving regional specialties? At the Oberer Achsetberg Alpine hut, you have the opportunity to purchase local products and enjoy them on-site.

Plan your next hike effortlessly with the hiking ticket and experience a fantastic day of hiking with the whole family. Benefit from a 20% discount on the round-trip journey to Elsigenalp by train, bus, and cable car.


Benefit from the following when you purchase travel to and from the event by public transport at the same time: 

  • 20% reduction on the return journey by public transport
  • 20% reduction on the call bus Achsenten, church - Elsigbach, valley station
  • 20% reduction on the cable car ride to Elsigenalp

The savings offer is also available at BLS Travel Centres.

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 Today (Monday) open

The Elsigenalp-Frutigen hiking ticket is valid from 26.05.2023 to 22.10.2023 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 22.10.2023
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.


Food & drink

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

  • Berghaus Elsigenalp 
    The Berghaus Elsigenalp (Elsigenalp Mountain House) is closed the whole summer because of renovation works.
  • Alpenstrand-Bistro
    The Alpenstrand-Bistro invites you to stay at the Brandsee in nice weather. 5 minutes by foot from the mountain station.
  • Alpine hut Oberer Achsetberg     
    Take a break and enjoy local specialties from the small alpine kiosk at the alpine hut. The alp kiosk is open during the alp season. 
  • 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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