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Hike from Belalp to Riederalp via the suspension bridge

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  • Hotel Belalp, Aletschbord
    Hotel Belalp, Aletschbord
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Belalp Bahnen AG
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The adrenaline buzz on the suspension bridge, the imposing view of the glacier gate and ancient Swiss stone pines in Aletsch Forest make this hike a truly impressive experience.
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moderate
Distance 11.4 km
5:00 h
604 m
782 m
2,133 m
1,560 m
From Hotel Belalp you hike down the Steigle to Aletschji, from where you cross the Leng Acker to the old glacier ascent and to the Belalp-Riederalp suspension bridge. At 124m long and 80m high, the suspension bridge is the highlight of the tour! Spanning the Massa Gorge, it gives you a stunning view of the snout of the Great Aletsch Glacier. After crossing the bridge, you have a choice of two routes for the ascent to Riederfurka: one takes you through the shady Teiffewald forest, the other via Silbersand and a place known as Death Valley since it can get very hot there in strong sunshine. From Silbersand the path rises slightly through Aletsch Forest to Riederfurka. The descent to Riederalp is the last stage of this impressive hike.

Author’s recommendation

The Round Trip Ticket  offered by Aletsch Bahnen AG lets you use all public transport and cable cars on this hike
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Author
Aletsch Arena AG
Update: November 04, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,133 m
Lowest point
1,560 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 23.50%Path 68.65%Road 7.84%
Forested/wild trail
2.7 km
Path
7.8 km
Road
0.9 km
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Rest stops

Hotel Belalp

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

 

Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Rischinustrasse 5
CH-3914 Blatten b. Naters
+41 27 921 60 40
tourismus@belalp.ch
www.belalp.ch

Start

Belalp, top station of aerial cable car (2,094 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'248E 1'135'757N
DD
46.371923, 7.974707
DMS
46°22'18.9"N 7°58'28.9"E
UTM
32T 421142 5135882
w3w 
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Destination

Riederalp, top station of aerial cable car Mitte

Turn-by-turn directions

Belalp - Hotel Belalp - Aletschji - Bridge - Riederfurka - Riederalp

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig train station until Blatten b. Naters with the bus line 624 (travel time: 15 -20 Min.)

Getting there

Take Cantonal Road 19 to the Brig exit, then follow Blattenstrasse from Naters to the valley station of the Blatten-Belalp cable car in Blatten bei Naters.

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Blatten-Belalp cable car.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'248E 1'135'757N
DD
46.371923, 7.974707
DMS
46°22'18.9"N 7°58'28.9"E
UTM
32T 421142 5135882
w3w 
///directly.clapper.headache
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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

Book recommendations for this region:

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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 Olivier Fleury · April 13, 2020 · Community
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Answered by Cornelia Erne · April 13, 2020 · Community
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Question from Patrizia Tosi · August 21, 2019 · Community
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Answered by Aletsch Arena AG · August 22, 2019 · Aletsch Arena AG

Rating

5.0
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Jeanine Reinhard
September 22, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 22, 2022

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Status
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.4 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
604 m
Descent
782 m
Highest point
2,133 m
Lowest point
1,560 m
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