Hiking Along The Great Aletsch Glacier

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Added by Luan Baruti

  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Stunning views
  • Hike along the largest glacier in the Alps
  • Distance: 5km (3 miles) round trip
  • Elevation gain: 350m (1150ft)
  • Duration: 2-3 hours round trip
  • Do not go onto the glacier without appropriate equipment and a guide!

From Bettmersee Lake follow the trail northeast to "Biel". There's some elevation gain until you reach a large, wider bend in the the trail at Biel, from where you have an incredible view of the Aletsch Glacier and the Swiss Alps, including the Matterhorn.

Facing the Glacier, head left and follow the trail to Moosfluh (the top of one of the lifts), which is a cable way station. From this point you have the possibility to descend to Aletsch Forest and the glacier. However, do not go onto the glacier without appropriate equipment and a guide! The glacier has many crevasses and is extremely slippery with normal boots.

Since you're not lazy, taking the cable lift from Moosfluh is taboo. From Moosfluh follow the trail to Blausee (blue lake) and head back to Bettmeralp from there on.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Small backpack
  • Some snacks and drinks
  • Water
  • Camera
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Added by Luan Baruti

I'm a Swiss guy enjoying the mountainscapes I live in.

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