Hikes

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Hike from Belalp to Riederalp via the suspension bridge open

The adrenaline buzz on the suspension bridge, the imposing view of the glacier gate and ancient Swiss stone pines in Aletsch Forest make this hike a truly impressive experience.

From Hotel Belalp you hike down the Steigle to Aletschji, from where you cross the Leng Acker to the old glacier ascent and to the Belalp-Riederalp suspension bridge. At 124m long and 80m high, the suspension bridge is the highlight of the tour! Spanning the Massa Gorge, it gives you a stunning view of the snout of the Great Aletsch Glacier. After crossing the bridge, you have a choice of two routes for the ascent to Riederfurka: one takes you through the shady Teiffewald forest, the other via Silbersand and a place known as Death Valley since it can get very hot there in strong sunshine. From Silbersand the path rises slightly through Aletsch Forest to Riederfurka. The descent to Riederalp is the last stage of this impressive hike.

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Hiking holidays Aletsch Panorama Trail Wallis

The Aletsch Glacier has been a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since 2001. Twenty kilometres of ice descend here from the Jungfrau into the Valais, making the glacier one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the Alpine region. But this hiking tour is not only about the eternal ice. You’ll hike over suspension bridges, visit the Aletsch Forest, which is protected, and spend the night in mountain inns in the middle of the mountains of Valais.

Itinerary

Day 1: Individual arrival in Brig | Brig - Belalp

Luggage drop-off in Brig, followed by a visit to the World Nature Forum, the visitor centre for the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Naters. Afterwards hike to Blatten and by cable car up to the Belalp.

Details: approx. 2.5 h / approx. 7 km / 675 m ascent / 20 m descent

Day 2: Belalp – Riederalp

Best view to the glacier gate and the lower part of the Aletsch Glacier from the Aletschbord. Over a suspension bridge to the Aletsch forest with 100-year-old Swiss stone pines. The Riederfurka with Villa Cassel is enthroned like an eagle's nest on a ridge of this magnificent Valais mountain world.

Details: approx. 4 h / approx. 10 km / 695 m ascent / 850 m descent

Day 3: Riederalp – Fiescheralp

Unique viewpoints follow each other like fireworks: in the north, a magnificent view of the Aletsch Glacier, the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in the south, the 4,000-metre peaks of Valais. A gentle descent to Märjelensee. Woolly grasses and small lakes form stark contrast to rocks and ice. At the end of the tour, head through the Tälligrat Tunnel to Fiescheralp.

Details: approx. 4 h / approx. 12 km / 775 m ascent / 355 m descent

Day 4: Fiescheralp – Bellwald | Departure

Back to Märjelensee and using mountain paths, we descend to the castle, a glacier-cut gneiss rock massif with the mountains of Goms in the background. The Fiescher Glacier becomes visible. The 160-metre-long suspension bridge Aspi-Titter indicates the way to the idyllic Goms mountain village of Bellwald. Luggage claim in Brig and individual departure.

Details: approx. 4 h / approx. 10 km / 435 m ascent / 1,150 m descent

Key elements

A hike in the alpine region for which you should be sure-footed and in good physical condition. You must be immune to vertigo to cross the suspension bridge over the Massa Gorge.

What’s included:

  • 3 overnight stays (mountain inns) incl. breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Entrance to the World Nature Forum Naters

  • Carefully elaborated route description

  • Detailed travel documents (1 per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

Not included:

  • Cable car ride not included in the journey (Bellwald – Fürgangen). Approx. CHF 11 with half-fare travel card.

  • Train journey Fürgangen – Brig not included in the journey. Approx. CHF 6 with half-fare travel card.

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

Option of additional nights - to be booked after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Brig: CHF 89.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

  • Bellwald: CHF 89.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 29 days before start of the trip: 20%

  • 28 – 15 days before start of the trip: 50%

  • 14 – 08 days before start of the trip: 70%

  • 07 – 1 days before start of the trip: 90%

  • 0 day before start of the trip / No–show: 100%

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Turn-by-turn directions

Belalp - Hotel Belalp - Aletschji - Bridge - Riederfurka - Riederalp

Start: Belalp, top station of aerial cable car (2094 m)
Destination: Riederalp, top station of aerial cable car Mitte (1910 m)

Author's recommendation

The Round Trip Ticket  offered by Aletsch Bahnen AG lets you use all public transport and cable cars on this hike

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2133 m 1560 m

  • Ascent

    604 m

  • Descent

    782 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

From Brig train station until Blatten b. Naters with the bus line 624 (travel time: 15 -20 Min.)

Approach

Take Cantonal Road 19 to the Brig exit, then follow Blattenstrasse from Naters to the valley station of the Blatten-Belalp cable car in Blatten bei Naters.

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Blatten-Belalp cable car.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

Safety information

Summer sports report

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Aletsch Arena AG accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

Literature

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Maps

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher