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Circular hike from Bettmeralp to the Chatzulecher lakes and back

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  • Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von der Bettmeralp zu den Chatzulechern und zurück
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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The emerald-green Chatzulecher lakes and the panorama from the Moosfluh view point are just two of the highlights of this amazing tour! And the new route makes it easier to get there!
closed
moderate
Distance 11.6 km
4:30 h
688 m
687 m
The Bettmeralp cable car mountain station is the starting point of the tour. Set off in an easterly direction, past the Maria zum Schnee chapel, through the village and up to Lake Bettmersee. Here you follow the path along the western shore of the lake. Make your way via Lake Blausee and Breite Bodu up to the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh mountain station. At the view point,  magnificent panoramic views of the Great Aletsch Glacier and the four-thousand-metre peaks of Valais await you! From there, follow the path east to Biel and then continue downhill to the Chatzulecher lakes, which you’ll see shimmering right at the edge of the glacier. The return journey follows the same path back to Biel, where you switch to the south side of the mountain to tackle the final stage of the hike: the descent to Bettmeralp. Hint: For a shorter tour, take the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh up to the view point: set off west from the starting point, following the Aletsch Promenade up to Riederalp (approx. 25 mins).

Author’s recommendation

The Chatzulecher lakes are an exceptionally beautiful place to stop for a rest. Enjoy the magnificent view and recover your strength ahead of the climb up to Biel.
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: November 02, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2,333 m
Lowest point
1,924 m
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Safety information

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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 (1,924 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'647'621E 1'137'411N
DD
46.386381, 8.057690
DMS
46°23'11.0"N 8°03'27.7"E
UTM
32T 427544 5137410
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Destination

Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car

Turn-by-turn directions

Bergstation Luftseilbahn Bettmeralp – Bettmersee – Blausee – Bergstation Gletscherbahn Moosfluh – Biel – Chatzulecher – Biel – Bettmersee – Bergstation Luftseilbahn 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
2'647'621E 1'137'411N
DD
46.386381, 8.057690
DMS
46°23'11.0"N 8°03'27.7"E
UTM
32T 427544 5137410
w3w 
///chew.intensely.donates
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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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
688 m
Descent
687 m
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