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Circular hike from Bettmerhorn to Bettmeralp via Märjelensee

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  • Herbstwanderung am Grossen Aletschgletscher
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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!
Open
moderate
Distance 14.9 km
5:30 h
233 m
949 m
2,647 m
1,924 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a break in the idyllically situated Gletscherstube to relive your impressions of the Great Aletsch Glacier!
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Update: August 12, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,647 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.

  • 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.

Tips and hints

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

 

Start

Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car (2,639 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'648'978E 1'140'219N
DD
46.411544, 8.075631
DMS
46°24'41.6"N 8°04'32.3"E
UTM
32T 428956 5140189
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Destination

Bettmeralp

Turn-by-turn directions

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

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

Getting there

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

Parking

Large pay car park near the valley station Betten.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'648'978E 1'140'219N
DD
46.411544, 8.075631
DMS
46°24'41.6"N 8°04'32.3"E
UTM
32T 428956 5140189
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

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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 Johanna Tantow · June 23, 2021 · Community
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Answered by Front Office · June 23, 2021 · Aletsch Arena AG
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Answered by Front Office · July 17, 2020 · Aletsch Arena AG
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Rating

5.0
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Chris McCarson 
September 27, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 22, 2021
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Jarosław Świderski
August 29, 2019 · Community
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Status
Open
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.9 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
233 m
Descent
949 m
Highest point
2,647 m
Lowest point
1,924 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Cableway ascent/descent

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