Aletsch Glacier Trail
Distance 12 km
Duration 3 h 45 min
Ascent 510 m
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.
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
Moosfluh upper cable car station
Fiescheralp upper cable car station
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3 h 45 min
July - October
With panoramic view, To a mountain peak, Along a glacier