Fründen Hut Hike

Activity overview

A high mountain hut located above Oeschinensee which is also visible from the lake.

The hut is situated at the top of a rock knoll and immediately under the Fründen Glacier. The route consists of a series of long but moderately graded zigzags—gaining 1000m in little over 2km. A diverse and exciting route with spectacular views.


This is only a guide. Times might change according to the weather and the group’s ability.

08:30 Leave KISC
09:00 Take the Gondola to Oeschinensee and begin hiking to the hut
13:30 Arrive at the hut and eat lunch
14:00 Begin walking back down
17:00 Take the gondola down from Oeschinensee
17:45 Arrive back to KISC

Taking the gondola is recommended. Gondola tickets can either be purchased from the reception at the centre or through the online form under the name "Oeschinensee Gondola". More information about the gondola can be found here

  • Price adult: CHF 16.30 (single ticket), CHF 22.20 (return ticket)
  • Price child: CHF 8.30 (single ticket), CHF 11.20 (return ticket)

More information about staying overnight at the hut can be found here

Important information 
  • You need to fill in the route card at reception, before your departure.
  • Please check at reception for the route conditions as they are reviewed regularly.
  • Leaflets containing more information on the exact route can be found in reception.
  • Rucksack - 20 to 40 litres
  • Hiking boots with ankle support (no trainers)
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Warm clothing - long trousers, fleece, warm hat and gloves (no jeans)
  • Sun protection - sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat
  • Water bottle - 2 litres
  • Food - packed lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (asthma inhalers, etc.)
  • Pocket money (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking map, compass and whistle
  • Mobile phone

Extra equipment for overnight activities:

  • Sheet sleeping bag liner (not a regular sleeping bag)
  • Torch
  • Food - dinner and breakfast
Awards & Badges 

You can get closer to achieving the following awards and badges, by completing this activity:

  • Hüttentest: Fründenhütte
  • Eco Award
  • High Adventure Award
  • Swiss Explorer Award
  • KISC Challenge Award

More information about the awards and badges can be found here.


Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 4 hours from Oeschinensee (one way)
TSA Terrain level 
Price adult 
Price child 
Programme theme 
High Adventure
COVID Secure
Group size 1 - 60
Minimum age limit 
from 14 years