|Starting point:||Bettmerhorn, cable car mountain station|
|Destination:||Fiescheralp (Fiesch–Eggishorn cable car midway station)|
|Getting to the starting point:||From Betten valley station, take the cable car to the Bettmeralp, then on foot to the Bettmeralp, and cable car to the Bettmerhorn|
|Back from the destination:||Back on foot to the Bettmeralp or cable car to Fiesch|
|Difference in elevation:||Ascent 430 m, descent 865 m|
|Hiking time:||3h 45m|
|Season:||July to October|
|Note: The water tunnel from Märjelen (passable on foot) shortens the tour by about 1 h.|
This glacier adventure offers unimpeded views and is quite intoxicating – even without a glass of Valais wine. Rock stairways open up access to a memorable experience on Europe's largest ice flow.
The route crosses the Grosses Gufer rock glacier and continues down to Rote Chumma. On hot summer days the fresh glacier breeze is especially pleasant. Carved into the rock, the wide mountain trail finally winds its adventurous way to Lake Märjelen. In previous times a mighty wall of ice from the Aletsch Glacier impounded the lake and icebergs the size of a house floated on the water. Today the polar landscape has yielded to an idyllic postcard setting, showing its best side in spring with its picturesque cotton grass meadows.
There is no reason whatsoever to resist the apple tart that is served straight from the wood fired oven in the Restaurant Gletscherstube. Unless perhaps those watching their waistlines choose to give the trail around the Talligrat with its fabulous views of the Fiescher Glacier a miss in order to take the shortcut and save an hour. Through a tunnel one reaches the other side of Talligrat, where a wide hiking trail leads down to Fiescheralp.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.