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Circular hike to and from Fiesch via Bellwald, Niederwald and Ernen

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  • / Rundwanderung von Fiesch über Bellwald, Niederwald und Ernen nach Fiesch
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  • / Rundwanderung von Fiesch über Bellwald, Niederwald und Ernen nach Fiesch
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Rundwanderung von Fiesch über Bellwald, Niederwald und Ernen nach Fiesch
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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Pure hiking pleasure – though you’ll need to be in good shape for the 600m climb. On this tour through Untergoms you’ll discover villages with well-preserved historic centres. 
open
moderate
Distance 15.7 km
5:00 h
613 m
613 m
Starting from the valley station of the Fiesch cable car, follow the Bregeraweg trail to the signpost for Bellwald. The path leads through wonderfully shady forests up towards the St Anna Chapel and on through the meadows to Bellwald, the highest point of the hike. By this point you’ve climbed around 600 metres. Cross through the village and take the path that leads gently downhill through a larch forest to Niederwald. Shortly after Niederwald, you’ll cross the young Rhone and continue on fairly level terrain down the other side of the valley to Mühlebach via Steinhaus. After a quick detour to the gallows where criminals were once hanged and a visit to the old mill, continue on to Ernen. From there, the final stage of the hike follows the old mule track through Ärnerfäld, down to the young Rhone and takes you back to Fiesch on the other side of the river.

Author’s recommendation

A must-see: Mühlebach is home to the oldest village centre in Switzerland consisting of wooden structures. Be sure to plan in enough time to tour the village!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: July 07, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,562 m
Lowest point
1,007 m
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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.

Tips and hints

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

Start

Fiesch, valley station of aerial cable car (1,058 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'653'630E 1'139'481N
DD
46.404543, 8.136045
DMS
46°24'16.4"N 8°08'09.8"E
UTM
32T 433591 5139359
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Destination

Fiesch, valley station of aerial cable car Fiesch-Eggishorn

Turn-by-turn directions

Fiesch – Bellwald – Niederwald – Steinhaus – Mühlebach – Ernen – Fiesch

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, on foot to the starting point of the tour at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, then follow Furkastrasse to the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'653'630E 1'139'481N
DD
46.404543, 8.136045
DMS
46°24'16.4"N 8°08'09.8"E
UTM
32T 433591 5139359
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)  

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.7 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
613 m
Descent
613 m
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