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Flanked by 32 4,000-metre peaks and only a few minutes from the Bettmerhorn upper station, a spectacular experience awaits you in the form of the Great Aletsch Glacier.

Description

This glacier adventure offers unimpeded views and is quite intoxicating – even without a glass of Valais wine. Stone steps take you up to an unforgettable experience on Europe’s largest ice flow.

The route crosses the Grosses Gufer 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 way to Märjelensee lake. In previous times, a mighty wall of ice from the Aletsch Glacier impounded the lake and icebergs the size of houses 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 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 an illuminated tunnel, you reach the other side of Talligrat, where a wide hiking trail leads down to Fiescheralp. Hikers need to be surefooted to negotiate the 14-kilometre route,

along which you will find a number of places to eat and drink: Gletscherstube at Märjelensee lake; Restaurant Kühboden, Fiescheralp; Restaurant Alpina, Fiescheralp

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Riederalp
Destination
Fiescheralp
Start Point
Moosfluh upper cable car station
Target Point
Fiescheralp upper cable car station
Direction
One way
Altitude (meter above sea level)
2644 m
Ascent
510 m
Descent
630 m
Distance
12 km
Duration
3 h 45 min
Technical requirements
Medium
Physical requirements
Medium
Season
July - October
Theme
With panoramic view, To a mountain peak, Along a glacier

Map

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Contact

Aletsch Bahnen AG
3992 Bettmeralp
Switzerland

Phone +41 (0)27 928 41 41
Fax +41 (0)27 928 41 42
info@aletschbahnen.ch
aletscharena.ch

Quick Facts

Route number

Distance

12 km

Duration

3 h 45 min

Ascent

510 m

Travel information: Riederalp

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