Hikes

Hikes

Circular hike from Bettmerhorn to Bettmeralp via Märjelensee open

The Great Aletsch Glacier, landscapes shaped by the perpetual ice, colourful alpine flora and an idyllic glacial lake. Experience glorious nature in all its facets!

The starting point of the hike is the Bettmerhorn view point, two minutes’ walk from the Bettmerhorn cable-car mountain station (2,647m). At first the route takes you gently downwards via “Uf de Setzu” towards Roti Chumma. The Great Aletsch Glacier is constantly in your sights on this section of the trail, and each step brings you closer. Following the path cut in the rock with stone steps, you head towards Märjela, Märjelensee and the “Gletscherstube” mountain hut. You return to the sunny plateau of the Aletsch Arena via Unneres Tälli or Oberes Tälli (or take a shortcut through the kilometre-long, illuminated Tälligrattunnel). Walk as far as Salzgäb and then follow the path downhill to Fiescheralp. The last section of this fantastic hike takes you back to Bettmeralp.

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Aletsch Panorama Trail Wallis

Since 2001, the Jungfrau-Aletsch region has been a UNESCO World Heritage. 23 km of ice from the Jung...
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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

Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car - Roti Chumma - Märjelensee - Obers Tälli  - Fiescheralp - Bettmeralp 

Start: Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car (2639 m)
Destination: Bettmeralp (1924 m)

Author's recommendation

Enjoy a break in the idyllically situated Gletscherstube to relive your impressions of the Great Aletsch Glacier!

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2647 m 1924 m

  • Ascent

    233 m

  • Descent

    949 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Betten valley station. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Approach

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Betten Valley Station exit. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Parking

Large pay car park near the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). 

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.

  • The trail leads through rocky territory, hence a steady footing is required.
  • 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