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Circular hike from Riederalp to Silbersand, Bischofsitz and back

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Map / Circular hike from Riederalp to Silbersand, Bischofsitz and back
1650 1800 1950 2100 2250 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bergstation Riederalp West Restaurant Derby Restaurant Berghaus Toni Pro Natura Zentrum Aletsch Selfservice Riederfurka

This beautiful hike lets nature shows off her plentiful charms: age-old stone pines in the protected Aletsch Forest are followed by breathtaking views of the Great Aletsch Glacier.

closed
moderate
7.1 km
2:30 h
333 m
333 m

Starting at Riederalp West mountain station, head up to Riederfurka. From there, follow the Lower Aletsch Trail eastwards through the protected Aletsch Forest with its stone pines, some of which are over 900 years old. As you then pass ancient moraines down to Silbersand, you get your first views of the striking Great Aletsch Glacier. Continue on to the Bischofssitz or “Bishop’s Seat”, which owes its name to a former bishop who often had himself carried up to this point in a sedan chair. The return route takes you via Lengmoosweg through the ancient pines of the Aletsch Forest and up to Riederfurka. This is where the imposing Villa Cassel, the home of the Pro Natura Centre, is located. The last stage is the descent from Riederfurka to the Riederalp West mountain station.

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!

Please note: due to renovation work in the summer of 2019, activities at Villa Cassel are restricted, but you can still book the excursions and visit the alpine garden.

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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: November 08, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
2066 m
Lowest point
1910 m
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Rest Stop

Riederfurka Self-Service Restaurant
Restaurant Derby
Restaurant Berghaus Toni
Pro Natura Center Aletsch

Safety information

Summer sports report

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. 

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)

Tips, hints and links

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

Start

Riederalp, top station of the gondola west (1925 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.376165, 8.026239
UTM
32T 425112 5136304

Destination

Riederalp, top station of the gondola west

Turn-by-turn directions

Riederalp West – Riederfurka – Unterer Aletschweg – Silbersand – Bischofssitz – Lengmoosweg – Riederfurka – Riederalp West

Public transport

Getting to the Aletsch Arena

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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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.1 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
333 m
Descent
333 m
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