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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
  • Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    / Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    Photo: Christian Perret, Aletsch Arena AG
  • Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    / Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Belalp Bahnen AG
  • Arven, Aletschwald
    / Arven, Aletschwald
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Aletsch Arena AG
  • Villa Cassel, Riederfurka
    / Villa Cassel, Riederfurka
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Aletsch Arena AG
  • Aletschgletscher
    / Aletschgletscher
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Aletsch Arena AG
Map / Hike from Belalp to Riederalp via the suspension bridge
1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Belalp Bahnen Hotel Belalp Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp Grünsee

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.
closed
moderate
11.4 km
5:00 h
604 m
782 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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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: 2019-03-30

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2133 m
1560 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Riederfurka Mountain Restaurant
Hotel Belalp
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

 

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 (2094 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.371923, 7.974707
UTM
32T 421142 5135882

Destination

Riederalp, top station of aerial cable car Mitte

Turn-by-turn directions

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

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.
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
11.4 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
604 m
Descent
782 m
Public transport friendly Tour route Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent

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