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Hike from Bettmeralp to the Bettmerhorn via Lake Bettmersee

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  • Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    / Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung vom Bettmersee aufs Bettmerhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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An enjoyable hike that ends with a challenging climb. Sure-footedness and physical fitness are a must for the last few metres. But the panoramic view from the summit of the Bettmerhorn is worth it.
closed
moderate
Distance 6.7 km
3:15 h
866 m
135 m
From the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, first head east via Bettmeralp and then up to Lake Bettmersee. The beautifully laid out hiking trail begins on the east side of the idyllic mountain lake. The trail leads via Schönbiel and Hohbalm, reaching Bettmerhorn mountain station in around two hours. From there, you’ll tackle the roughly 30-minute climb to the summit of the Bettmerhorn. The climb up the southern flank of the mountain branches off directly in front of the mountain restaurant, and requires some physical fitness but above all sure-footedness! However, it is well secured with cables as well as wooden steps in some areas. Once you arrive at the summit of the Bettmerhorn, you should take the time to fully enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the Great Aletsch Glacier and the four-thousand-metre Valais peaks before heading back down to the mountain station on the same path as before. From there, take the gondola down to Bettmeralp.

Author’s recommendation

The free “Bettmerhorn Glacier World” exhibition near the Bettmerhorn mountain restaurant is definitely worth a look – it complements the hike perfectly!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: November 02, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,787 m
Lowest point
1,924 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

www.aletscharena.ch  

Start

Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car (1,924 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'647'622E 1'137'413N
DD
46.386393, 8.057700
DMS
46°23'11.0"N 8°03'27.7"E
UTM
32T 427545 5137411
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Destination

Bettmerhorn, top station of the Bettmerhorn gondola

Turn-by-turn directions

Bergstation Luftseilbahn Bettmeralp – Bettmersee – Bergstation Gondelbahn Bettmerhorn – Gipfel Bettmerhorn – Bergstation Gondelbahn Bettmerhorn

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Betten valley station. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Betten Valley Station exit. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp.

Parking

Large pay car park near the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'647'622E 1'137'413N
DD
46.386393, 8.057700
DMS
46°23'11.0"N 8°03'27.7"E
UTM
32T 427545 5137411
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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
  • swimwear
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)

 

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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.7 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
866 m
Descent
135 m
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