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‘Big Three Lakes’ hike: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee

· 2 reviews · Hiking Trail · Aletsch Arena · open
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  • Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Christian Perret, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Grosse Drei-Seen-Wanderung: Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Der Grosse Aletschgletscher Gletscherstube Märjelensee Berghütte Gletscherstube Blausee
Three idyllic mountain lakes and the imposing Great Aletsch Glacier: this fantastic circular hike lets you experience the element of water in a particularly impressive form.   
open
difficult
Distance 20.6 km
6:30 h
750 m
750 m
Leaving the mountain station of Bettmeralp cable car, you head up to Lake Bettmersee. Now follow the path along the western shore of the lake and then on uphill to Lake Blausee. From there, the route takes you up to Biel and Hohbalm, where you cross over to the other side of the ridge. On the following section of the trail to the “Roti Chumma”, views of the Great Aletsch Glacier accompany you all the way. You may also see Valais Blacknose sheep, which spend the summer grazing on the sparse alpine meadows. Once you arrive at the “Roti Chumma”, the monumental glacier is right before you. However you keep on towards Märjela and Lake Märjelensee. Passing the Gletscherstube, the route takes you back in the direction of the sunny plateau. Go through the illuminated Tälligrat-Tunnel (Upper Tälli) and on up to Fiescheralp. From here you can either let the cable car whisk you down to Fiesch, or continue on the Herrenweg trail to Bettmeralp, the starting point of the tour.

Author’s recommendation

Plan a break at the Gletscherstube! Here you can digest all you’ve seen so far as you fortify yourself for the remainder of the hike. 
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: July 09, 2021
Difficulty
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Highest point
2,489 m
Lowest point
1,924 m
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Rest Stop

Mountain hut Gletscherstube

Safety information

Summer sports report
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  • 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. 

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG 
Furkastrasse 39 
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet 
+41 27 928 58 58 
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch 

Start

Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car (1,923 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'647'617E 1'137'405N
DD
46.386321, 8.057643
DMS
46°23'10.8"N 8°03'27.5"E
UTM
32T 427540 5137403
w3w 
///relocated.denim.upholds

Destination

Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car

Turn-by-turn directions

Bettmeralp cable car mountain station – Bettmersee – Blausee – Biel – Hohbalm – Roti Chumma – Märjelensee – Obers Tälli (tunnel) – Fiescheralp – Bettmeralp

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

Getting there

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).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'647'617E 1'137'405N
DD
46.386321, 8.057643
DMS
46°23'10.8"N 8°03'27.5"E
UTM
32T 427540 5137403
w3w 
///relocated.denim.upholds
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher

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)   

Questions and answers

Question from Yanis Ruel · December 11, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, Est-il possible de la faire en hiver ? Cordialement YR.
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Answered by Front Office · December 11, 2020 · Aletsch Arena AG
Non, ce ne pas possible en hiver.
Question from Umberto Ravida · September 11, 2019 · Community
Bonjour, Le tracé GPX est en erreur lorsque je le charge sur Garmin connect. Y a-t-il un problème avec le fichier ? Cdt. Umberto
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Answered by Jonas Walker  · September 11, 2019 · Aletsch Arena AG
Bonjour Monsieur Umberto Ravida. Nous avons importé le tracé GPX en Google Maps sans problème. Cependant, nous ne pouvons pas juger comment cela se comporte sur Garmin. Ci c'est possible, nous vous prions de nous envoyer un printscreen. Désolé pour le dérangement.
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Rating

5.0
(2)
Jochen Fuchs
September 14, 2018 · Community
6km länger und man ist wieder auf der Bettmeralp, also gut als rundweg machbar. Insgesamt super schöne Tour mit viel Gletscher
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When did you do this route? September 14, 2018
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Photo: Jochen Fuchs, CC BY, Community
Jochen Fuchs
September 14, 2018 · Community
6km weiter und man ist wieder auf der Bettmeralp, also gut als Rundweg zu machen +45min - 60min
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When did you do this route? September 14, 2018
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Photo: Jochen Fuchs, CC BY, Community
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
20.6 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
750 m
Descent
750 m
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