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A route where you can admire the imposing “tongue” of the Aletsch Glacier with little effort – this wide winter hiking trail from Belalp mountain station to Aletschbord via Bruchegg makes it possible. No less impressive are the views stretching from the Mischabel Group to the Matterhorn.

Description

The tourist destination of Belalp is located on a terrace on the southern flank of the Unterbächhorn and the Sparrhorn. From Belalp mountain station (2,094 metres above sea level), this wide connecting path passes through Bruchegg and continues to Aletschbord (2,130 metres above sea level). Once you’ve arrived in Aletschbord, it’s worth taking a lengthy break for the panoramic backdrop alone – the views of the Great Aletsch Glacier, the Matterhorn and the numerous Valais three- and four-thousand-metre peaks are unparalleled. The Great Aletsch Glacier belongs to the UNESCO Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site. In terms of area, it is the largest and longest glacier in the Alps (22.75 kilometres).

Another imposing sight is Hotel Belalp, built in the style of the Belle Époque. Opened in 1858, back then it was predominantly visited by guests from England. You will inevitably come across the name John Tyndall on your hike. The Irish scientist and alpinist spent 44 summers on Belalp, during which he researched glacier movements. The hotel still has a John Tyndall room in its original style. A little above the hotel, there is a memorial dedicated to the researcher.

Before the return journey along the same path you can enjoy local specialities on the Hotel Belalp panoramic terrace and soak up the sun. Going back towards the mountain station, there is an alternative route between Lüsga and the Hotel Sparrhorn that passes through somewhat further down.

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
Belalp, Bergstation
Destination
Belalp, Bergstation
Direction
One way
Ascent
130 m
Descent
130 m
Distance
4 km
Duration
1 h 15 min
Physical requirements
Easy
Elevation profile
130Meter ascents
130Meter descents
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More information https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/winter-hiking/route...

Map

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Contact

Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Rischinustrasse 5
3914 Blatten

Phone  +41 (0)27 921 60 40
tourismus@belalp.ch
belalp.ch

Quick Facts

Route number

Distance

4 km

Duration

1 h 15 min

Ascent

130 m

Travel information: Blatten-Belalp

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