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From Belalp over the suspension bridge to Riederalp

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  • Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    / Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
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  • / Blick auf den Grossen Aletschgletscher
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  • / Abstieg über Steigle
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  • / Aletschji
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  • / Aletschji
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  • / Ziegen auf Walliser Stadel
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  • / Blick vom Aletschji auf Hängebrücke
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The 124-meter-long hanging bridge is a highlight in the Aletsch hiking paradise.
closed
moderate
Distance 11.4 km
4:30 h
655 m
849 m
2,133 m
1,504 m

The 124-meter-long hanging bridge is a highlight in the Aletsch hiking paradise. The suspension bridge is not merely a convenient connection between Belalp and Riederalp, it crosses the gorge a dizzying 80 meters above the water right in front of the Aletsch glacier’s snout. A truly thrilling and memorable experience.

Once upon a time, one crossed the Aletsch glacier to get from Belalp to Riederalp. However, the glacier’s retreat has rendered this impossible. The suspension bridge that was built in 2008 in cooperation with Pro Natura, the WWF and UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch reestablishes this link.

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Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Update: November 05, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,133 m
Lowest point
1,504 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel Belalp
Villa Cassel

Safety information

Tips and hints

Start

Belalp (2095 m) (2,095 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'239E 1'135'750N
DD
46.371863, 7.974579
DMS
46°22'18.7"N 7°58'28.5"E
UTM
32T 421133 5135876
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Destination

Riederalp

Turn-by-turn directions

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'239E 1'135'750N
DD
46.371863, 7.974579
DMS
46°22'18.7"N 7°58'28.5"E
UTM
32T 421133 5135876
w3w 
///strength.eternally.campsites
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Equipment

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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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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Willy Schlack 
March 19, 2021 · Community
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Status
closed
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.4 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
655 m
Descent
849 m
Highest point
2,133 m
Lowest point
1,504 m
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