Aletsch Panoramaweg: The Swiss Glacier Trail

Bettmerhorn - Fiescheralp

Wurzenbord

Wurzenbord

Aletsch Arena - Fiesch - Eggishorn

Aletsch Arena - Fiesch - Eggishorn

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp II

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp II

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Piste

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Piste

Aletsch Arena - Fieschergletscher

Aletsch Arena - Fieschergletscher

Aletsch Arena - Talegga II

Aletsch Arena - Talegga II

Aletsch Arena - Talegga

Aletsch Arena - Talegga

Aletsch Arena - Fiesch Dorf

Aletsch Arena - Fiesch Dorf

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Skigebiet

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Skigebiet

Aletsch Arena - Fiescherhorn

Aletsch Arena - Fiescherhorn

Aletsch Arena - Fiesch Dorf II

Aletsch Arena - Fiesch Dorf II

Aletsch Arena - Eggishorn Konkordiaplatz

Aletsch Arena - Eggishorn Konkordiaplatz

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp

Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp

Fiesch - Bergstation Eggishorn

Fiesch - Bergstation Eggishorn

Riederalp - Art Furrer Resort, Riederalp

Riederalp - Art Furrer Resort, Riederalp

Riederalp - Wellness Resort Alpenrose

Riederalp - Wellness Resort Alpenrose

Aletsch Arena - Riederfurka Dorf von SB Riederfurka Bergstation

Aletsch Arena - Riederfurka Dorf von SB Riederfurka Bergstation

Aletsch Arena - Wellness Resort Alpenrose

Aletsch Arena - Wellness Resort Alpenrose

Aletsch Arena - Berghotel Riederfurka

Aletsch Arena - Berghotel Riederfurka

Aletsch Arena - Riederalp Dorf

Aletsch Arena - Riederalp Dorf

Riederalp

Riederalp

Aletsch Arena - Riederalp Aletschgletscher

Aletsch Arena - Riederalp Aletschgletscher

Riederalp - Mountain Resort Riederfurka Nord

Riederalp - Mountain Resort Riederfurka Nord

Wellnesskurort Breiten (bei Riederalp) Aletsch Arena VS, Blick Richtung Brig + Glishorn

Wellnesskurort Breiten (bei Riederalp) Aletsch Arena VS, Blick Richtung Brig + Glishorn

Aletsch Arena - Imkerei Furrer

Aletsch Arena - Imkerei Furrer

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Bettmerhorn

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Bettmerhorn

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Dorf II

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Dorf II

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Bettmerhorn II

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Bettmerhorn II

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Skipiste

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Skipiste

Aletsch Arena - Kapelle Bettmeralp

Aletsch Arena - Kapelle Bettmeralp

Bettmeralp - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Bettmeralp - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Aletsch Arena - Bettmersee

Aletsch Arena - Bettmersee

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Dorf

Aletsch Arena - Bettmeralp Dorf

Hiking "on the rocks": This glacier experience offers unobstructed views and is an intoxicating experience – even without a glass of Valais wine!

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Technical information

Starting point:Bettmerhorn
Destination:Fiescheralp (Bettmeralp/Riederalp)
Getting to the starting point:Train to Betten, aerial cableway to Bettmeralp and gondola lift to Bettmerhorn
Getting to the destination:Aerial cableway from Fiescheralp middle station. Train from Fiesch
Technique:medium
Physical fitness:medium
Length:11km
Hiking time:3h30
Season:June till September

Description

Just minutes from the Bettmerhorn mountain station, the Gletscherblick lookout point awaits you for an unsurpassable view in which 32 fourthousanders form a majestic backdrop. With only the Bernese Alps to hold it back, the Aletsch Glacier spreads itself out in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Europe's largest ice stream has retreated slightly, it is still an impressive sight.

Over stone steps and along mountain trails the route leads down towards 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.

It would be a pity to immediately take the cable car for the descent into the valley…how about a night on the Aletsch plateau? Or opt for a panoramic excursion to the Eggishorn. The circular tour can be extended by including a hike to the Bettmeralp and Riederalp, where the next day an excursion to the Nature Center at the historic Villa Cassel or the scenic Aletsch Forest beckons.

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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.

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