Aletsch Panoramaweg: The Swiss Glacier Trail

Bettmerhorn – Grosses Gufer – Märjelen lakes – Fiescheralp

Wurzenbord

Wurzenbord

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Dorf II

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Dorf II

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Skigebiet

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Skigebiet

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Talegga II

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Talegga II

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Piste

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Piste

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp

Eggishorn

Eggishorn

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Eggishorn Aletschgletscher

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp Eggishorn Aletschgletscher

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Dorf

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Dorf

Fiesch › Nord-West

Fiesch › Nord-West

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp II

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Fiescheralp II

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Talegga

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Talegga

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Eggishorn

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Eggishorn

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Eggishorn, Bergstation Eggishorn

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Eggishorn, Bergstation Eggishorn

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Eggishorn, Aletschgletscher

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Eggishorn, Aletschgletscher

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Eggishorn, Fieschertal

Fiesch: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Eggishorn, Fieschertal

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Wellness Resort Alpenrose

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Wellness Resort Alpenrose

Riederalp

Riederalp

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Berghotel Riederfurka

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Berghotel Riederfurka

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Riederfurka Dorf von SB Riederfurka Bergstation

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Riederfurka Dorf von SB Riederfurka Bergstation

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Dorf

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Dorf

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Riederalp: Aletsch Arena - Art Furrer Resort

Greich: Aletsch Arena - Imkerei Furrer

Greich: Aletsch Arena - Imkerei Furrer

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

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

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bettmerhorn II

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bettmerhorn II

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Skipiste

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Skipiste

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Kapelle

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Kapelle

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bettmersee

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bettmersee

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Dorf II

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Dorf II

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bettmerhorn

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bettmerhorn

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Bettmeralp: Aletsch Arena - Bergstation Wurzenbord

Flanked by 32 4,000-meter peaks and only a few minutes from the Bettmerhorn mountain station, a spectacular experience is in store: the Great Aletsch Glacier. The route follows mountain paths down to the Rote Chumma and into the basin of the Märjelen lakes. The Fiescheralp is reached by rounding the Tälli ridge or through the pedestrian tunnel to shorten the distance.

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Technical information

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
Technique:Average
Physical fitness:Average
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.

Description

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.

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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