Following High Alpine Irrigation Channels


The Massa Hiking Trail gives hikers a good illustration of how the alpine irrigation system (bisses) worked in the olden days. The trail follows the Riedere canal and connects the villages Blatten and Ried-Mörel. Thanks to an engineering feat, the trail high above the Massa Gorge is carved right into the cliffside.

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Technical information

Starting point: Bus station Blatten-Belalp.
Destination: Bettmeralp.
Get to Blatten-Belalp by aerial cable-car, train and bus .
Walking time: 3 h 45 min
Season: June through October
Altitude difference/Condition: easy / easy
Place to eat: Blatten, Ried-Mörel, Riederalp, Bettmeralp
Hiking map:
Hiking map SAW Jungfrau 1:50'000


The Massa Hiking Trail starts in Blatten. The Furka-Oberalp-Bahn (FO) goes from Brig to Blatten regularly. Leave Blatten and hike towards the valley until you cross the brook that carries the same name. On the other side of the valley, the trail now snakes along the Riedere canal to Ried. Then ascend to the Riederalp via aerial cable-car. A flat, wide trail begins at the mountain station and leads to Bettmeralp.

Tour Overview

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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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