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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
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  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den Aletschwald zu den Chatzulechern
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von der Riederalp durch den 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
  • / 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
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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
Distance 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
Update: November 02, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,333 m
Lowest point
1,923 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
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch 

 

Start

Riederalp, top station of the gondola west (1,925 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'195E 1'136'260N
DD
46.376189, 8.026047
DMS
46°22'34.3"N 8°01'33.8"E
UTM
32T 425097 5136306
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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

Note


all notes on protected areas

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.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'195E 1'136'260N
DD
46.376189, 8.026047
DMS
46°22'34.3"N 8°01'33.8"E
UTM
32T 425097 5136306
w3w 
///reinstate.digs.chairs
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)  

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
12.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
873 m
Descent
483 m
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