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Hike from Riederalp to Blatten via the Knebelbrücke bridges

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  • Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
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  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Alte Wasserleitung - Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
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  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Gebidum Staumauer - Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
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  • / Gebidum Staumauer - Wanderung von der Riederalp über die Knebelbrücke nach Blatten
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Hike to the other side of the valley just below the impressive Gibidum dam! Enjoy nature and wonderful views of the mountains!
open
moderate
12.1 km
4:30 h
359 m
959 m
The trail takes you from Riederalp up to Riederfurka, where you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic vista of mountains and glaciers. Tip: If you take advantage of the cable car for this section, the rest of the route is mostly downhill! Follow the signs to Knebelbrücke along a beautifully laid-out path to the Rotbrüch turning and on via Knebelbrücke to Oberried. Here you follow the Massaweg trail towards the Gibidum reservoir/Blatten. Cross the bridge below the impressive Gibidum dam. On the other side of the valley, follow the easy trail up to the mountain village of Blatten. From there you catch the PostBus, train and cable car taking you via Brig and Mörel back to Riederalp.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the interactive exhibition of the “World Nature Forum” in Naters and learn a lot of interesting facts about the UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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Author
Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: May 25, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
2066 m
Lowest point
1266 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Riederfurka Self-Service Restaurant
Villa Cassel

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, hints and links

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

Start

Riederalp, top station of aerial cable car (west) (1925 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.376170, 8.026118
DMS
46°22'34.2"N 8°01'34.0"E
UTM
32T 425102 5136304
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Destination

Blatten

Turn-by-turn directions

Riederalp West – Riederfurka – Rotbrüch – Knebelbürcken – Oberried – Gebidum Stausee - Blatten

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Mörel-Filet, then on foot to the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). Take the cable car up to Riederalp. 

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Mörel-Filet exit, then follow signs for the parking facilities. Proceed on foot to the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG), which takes you up to Riederalp. 

Parking

  • Limited parking spaces (charges apply) at Mörel-Filet station. Further parking options are signposted. 
  • Large pay multi-storey car parks at the entrance to Mörel-Filet and in the village centre. 

Coordinates

DD
46.376170, 8.026118
DMS
46°22'34.2"N 8°01'34.0"E
UTM
32T 425102 5136304
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
12.1 km
Duration
4:30h
Ascent
359 m
Descent
959 m
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