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Arigscheis (Nr. 41)

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  • The perfect place to rest at the summit
    / The perfect place to rest at the summit
    Photo: Klaus Tscherrig, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Ascent to the Arigscheis
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / On the way view into the valley and in the background to the Breithorn (4,164 m)
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Over two ladders it goes further and further up
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Arrived at Arigscheis (2,244 m)
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Beautiful view of Dom, Täschhorn, Alphubel, rimpfischhorn and Täschalp.
    Photo: Klaus Tscherrig, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / A wonderful view of the surrounding mountain landscape
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / On the way back to Täsch
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
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This hike through the forests above Täsch is certainly steep, but also offers a good chance of spotting wild animals. Perhaps even an eagle…
difficult
Distance 9.4 km
4:10 h
826 m
826 m

The name Arigscheis indicates that eagles have been seen here. “Ari” means eagle in the local dialect, and Arigscheis can refer to a spot where eagles land, nest or roost. This trail leads across the lower flanks of the Mettelhorn and the Aeschhorn.

  • Metal ladder with safety cables in terrain (requires a good head for heights)
  • Weisshorn, Täschhorn and Dom from an unusual perspective
  • Wildlife (chamois, in lower area possibly roe deer)

Author’s recommendation

When you reach your destination, you will find a cross on the summit along with a seating area. From this point, you have a wonderful view of the valley and the Mischabel group on the other side.
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Update: December 03, 2020
Difficulty
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Highest point
2,247 m
Lowest point
1,426 m
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Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
  • Beware: railway crossing

Start

Täsch (1,450 m) (1,437 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'626'050E 1'101'851N
DD
46.067679, 7.775301
DMS
46°04'03.6"N 7°46'31.1"E
UTM
32T 405284 5102296
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Destination

Täsch (1,450 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Täsch (station) - Arigscheis - Schalenäbi - Schali - Täsch (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 4h 10)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Täsch: less than 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Täsch.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Täsch takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'626'050E 1'101'851N
DD
46.067679, 7.775301
DMS
46°04'03.6"N 7°46'31.1"E
UTM
32T 405284 5102296
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from the guest information centre in Täsch, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.4 km
Duration
4:10 h
Ascent
826 m
Descent
826 m
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