Fründen mountain hut 2,562 m

From Kandersteg railway station follow the signs to Oeschinensee. From here continue on the well maintained mountain route and follow the signs to Fründen mountain hut. The final metres of the ascent below the mountain hut slope slightly downhill, but the route is safe.


The access to Fründenhütte via the southern lakeshore (normal access) is currently closed. The closure is expected to last longer, which is why the access via the Fründen cord is to be renovated so that experienced mountain hikers can continue to visit the hut.

The board and the hut wardens recommend that the rope should only be used after the snow has melted and only in good weather conditions.

The path through the Fründenschnur is rated T4 (hiking scale) and is sometimes very exposed, but is equipped with steel cables and ropes in these areas. Hikers / climbers are requested to use a seat belt, via ferrata set and helmet during the ascent.

For ambitious mountain hikers this ascent should be a high light. Exposed but well secured, a magnificent view over the Oeschinensee and the end of the valley; a hiking destination that has gained in popularity in recent years.


Kandersteg - Fründen mountain hut: 6 hours Oeschinensee - Fründen mountain hut: 4 3/4 hours

Route / difficulty level

T4, good, very safe step (»Info Swiss SAC Hiking Scale)

Return trip

to Oeschinensee and on foot or with the Oeschinensee cable car to Kandersteg


Berghotel Oeschinensee, Berghaus Oeschinensee, Swiss SAC Fründen mountain hut

Alternative route

Use Kandersteg - Oeschinensee cable car