The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
Aletsch suspension bridge, Belalp - Riederalp
On the traverse from Belalp to Riederalp hikers take in the incredible silence of the legendary Aletschji, savouring the Aletsch Forest nature reserve and views of the mighty Aletsch Glacier. The trail begins from Hotel Belalp, descending the Steigle to the Aletschji, continuing to the 124m-long Aletschji- Grünsee suspension bridge. Completed in July 2008, more than 30,000 eager hikers crossed the bridge during its inaugural summer. It is situated in front of the gate to the Aletsch Glacier, crossing the 80m-deep Massa Gorge. Hikers have two choices once they cross the bridge: either travel from the Grünsee to the Teife Forest, or take the Riederfurka to Riederalp via Silbersand.
How to get there: with the bus from Brig railstation
Return: cable car from Riederalp to Mörel, then with the train from Mörel to Brig.
Fitness requirements: medium
Distance: 10.7 km
Vertical metres: +680 m, -870 m
Total hiking time: 4h20
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: Riederfurka