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Hike from Riederalp to the Chatzulecher lakes via Aletsch Forest

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  • Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    / Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp via Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
1800 1950 2100 2250 2400 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Bergstation Riederalp West Pro Natura Zentrum Aletsch Selfservice Riederfurka Gondelbahn Moosfluh Talstation Blausee Gondelbahn Moosfluh Bergstation View Point Moosfluh Bar-Buvette Moosfluh

Centuries-old stone pines, the Great Aletsch Glacier and a landscape shaped by the Ice Age: the trail showcases impressively what nature has created here.

closed
moderate
12.3 km
5:00 h
873 m
483 m

From Riederalp West, it’s an uphill walk onto Riederfurka, home of the imposing Villa Cassel and the Pro Natura Centre Aletsch. Now follow the Lengmoosweg in the direction of Bischofssitz. The trail takes you through the protected Aletsch Forest with its ancient stone pines. Stay on this path until you reach the signpost for Breitebode – Moosfluh – Biel, then take the turnoff leading uphill towards the ridge. At Biel, the path branches off to the famous emerald-green lakes of the Chatzulecher. Every step on this downhill section brings you closer to the Great Aletsch Glacier. On the way back, follow the same path to Biel and then head west to Moosfluh view point. From there, take the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh down to Riederalp West. Alternatively, from Biel you can walk straight down to Riederalp.  

Author’s recommendation

Not a view point, but an idyllic mountain lake: the alternative route takes you from Breitebode past Blausee and Biel to the Chatzulecher lakes.

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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: November 06, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2333 m
Lowest point
1923 m
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Rest Stop

Riederfurka Self-Service Restaurant
Gondola bar Moosfluh
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 

 

Start

Riederalp, top station of the gondola west (1925 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.376189, 8.026047
UTM
32T 425097 5136306

Destination

Moosfluh, top station of the Mossfluh gondola

Turn-by-turn directions

Bergstation Gondelbahn Riederalp West – Riederfurka – Lengmoosweg – Breitebode – Moosfluh – Biel – Chatzulecher – Biel – Moosfluh - Riederalp

Public transport

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

Please inform yourself about parking facilities on site.

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
12.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
873 m
Descent
483 m
Scenic In and out Geological highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent With refreshment stops Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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