The Valais is a hiker’s paradise in winter. Its 1000 kilometres of immaculately prepared winter trails invite hikers to leisurely strolls or athletic climbs in an unparalleled setting. With the winter sun as your companion, you can wander through silent snow-covered forests and over magnificent sunny terraces featuring fantastic views. This is as close as you can get to the high peaks and majestic glaciers of the Valais Alps. A steaming cup of schnapps and coffee or hot chocolate welcomes contented hikers in a snug mountain hut at the end of the day.
View to the mightiest glacier in the Alps
This is a superb winter high route! Like a frozen river, the 23-kilometre-long Great Aletsch glacier flows from the Jungfraujoch to the Rhone Valley. This magnificent river of ice forms the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. To reach the starting point, first take the cable car from Mörel up the Riederalp and then continue up the Moosfluh. The trail makes a gentle descent towards the southwest and the afternoon sun. Down to the right you will see the tongue of the Aletsch glacier while to the left your gaze will be drawn to the Mischabel Group, the Matterhorn and other Valais four-thousanders. The Pro Natura Center Aletsch is located in the magnificent Villa Cassel on the Riederfurka and can be visited in summer. The trail ends in Riederalp, from the cable car takes hikers back down to Mörel.
End of tour: Riederalp / Greicheralp
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: easy
Hiking time: 1 h 30 min.
Length: 6 km