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Circular hike from Bettmeralp through the Aletsch Forest and back

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  • Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp durch den Aletschwald und zurück
    / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp durch den Aletschwald und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp durch den Aletschwald und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp durch den Aletschwald und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp durch den Aletschwald und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp durch den Aletschwald und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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The protected Aletsch Forest's centuries-old Swiss stone pines and superb views of the Great Aletsch Glacier: this tour lets you experience the highlights of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the tour!
closed
moderate
Distance 12.7 km
4:15 h
595 m
535 m

The first section takes you from Bettmeralp up to Lake Bettmersee and along the western shore to the turnoff towards Gopplerlücke. Follow the Herrenweg to Berghaus Toni (Riederalp West). Then it’s uphill to Riederfurka, where it’s recommended to visit the Pro Natura Centre Aletsch at Villa Cassel. Well-informed about Aletsch Forest and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you head from Riederfurka along the Moraine Trail through the protected Aletsch Forest. After about 30 minutes, the view opens up on the imposing Great Aletsch Glacier. Passing centuries-old Swiss stone pines, you continue on towards Moosfluh and Biel. Here you switch to the side of the sunny plateau and tackle the last stage of the hike, the downhill walk to Lake Bettmersee and Bettmeralp.

Important: Aletsch Forest has been under strict nature protection since 1933 – please follow the rules displayed on signs there!

Author’s recommendation

The exhibition and alpine garden at the Nature Conservation Centre in Villa Cassel on Riederfurka are well worth seeing! Be sure to plan a visit!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: November 04, 2021
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Highest point
2,333 m
Lowest point
1,924 m
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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. 

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
2'647'614E 1'137'397N
DD
46.386258, 8.057600
DMS
46°23'10.5"N 8°03'27.4"E
UTM
32T 427537 5137396
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Destination

Bettmeralp, valley station of the Bettmerhorn gondola

Turn-by-turn directions

Bettmeralp – Bettmersee – Gopplerlücke – Herrenweg – Riederfurka – Moränenweg – Moosfluh – Biel – Bettmersee – 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
2'647'614E 1'137'397N
DD
46.386258, 8.057600
DMS
46°23'10.5"N 8°03'27.4"E
UTM
32T 427537 5137396
w3w 
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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)   

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

5.0
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Anthony Lair
October 28, 2021 · Community
Achtung: Diese Kommentar von Thomas Rüegg entspricht nicht die GPX Datei. Habe diese Wanderung in umgekehrter Richtung gemacht und hatte der Gletscher immer im "Rücken". Ihr musst also unbedingt am Blausee Richtung Riederalp gehen.
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Thomas Rüegg 
July 28, 2019 · Community
Besser in umgekehrter Richtung...! Eine traumhafte Wanderung. In umgekehrter Richtung hat man den Aletschgletscher stets vor sich und nicht im "Rücken".
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When did you do this route? July 24, 2019
Photo: Thomas Rüegg, Community
Photo: Thomas Rüegg, Community
Photo: Thomas Rüegg, Community
Christian Graf v. Normann 
July 16, 2019 · Community
Eine tolle Wanderung mit sagenhafter Aussicht.
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Status
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
595 m
Descent
535 m
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