Begin of tour: Fiesch (or Fiescheralp)
End of tour: Fiesch
Technical requirements: Easy
Physical fitness: Medium to difficult
Distance: 40 km
Total altitude meters: 1380 m
Biking time: 04:00 - 05:00 (hours, minutes)
Elevation start of tour: 1050 m
Elevation end of tour: 1050 m
Culmination point: Märjelen Lake
Season: June - October
Gastronomy: Gletscherstube Märjela, a glacier restaurant
Overnight: Sporthotel Derby, Fiesch
Access starting point: Public Transportation / Car
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.
I read an article today that projects an average of 3 new alpine lakes per year to appear due to glacial melt. This makes it all the more urgent for YOU to do some biking in this area. My son and I did a variation on this ride in 2011 - riding up from Brig (not recommended due to traffic) and cabling from Morel to Greich (~1,450m). From there the biking is superb, with the option of car free pavement to ~2,200m or extensive variety of gravel/dirt single track. From Fiescheralp we elected to do the Eggishorn cable (no bikes on the protected summit) - the view up there of the Aletsch glacier with, Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau peeking up behind, is one of the greatest of alpine vistas (and is my computer background screen to this day). Ultimately, we turned back some km before the lake in order to not miss the last cable down to Fiesch. There are some lovely boutique hotels above 1,800m specifically serving the hiking crowd (bicyclists definitely the minority), so I hope to return to give the area several days attention at some point. Tip: Swiss Map Mobile, for iPhone or Android (as the map shot above) greatly adds to the experience.