The Aletsch Glacier is 23 km long, 1800 m wide and has a surface area of 100 square kilometres; it is composed of an impressive 27 billion tons of ice. The massive ice flow originates from the north faces of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and flows down into the Valais. Its melted waters run through the wild Massa Gorge into the Rhone River. In 2001 the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in view of its extraordinary beauty.
The sunny terraces of Fiescheralp, Bettmeralp and Riederalp are situated halfway between the valley and the sky. Six cable cars carry visitors from the Rhone Valley to about 2000 m, from where they can continue up to the most beautiful peaks such as the Eggishorn (2927m), with views of the Aletsch and Fiescher glaciers.
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