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Massaweg

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The spectacular hike takes you through the wild Massa Gorge from Blatten bei Naters to Ried-Mörel. Enjoy an impressive view of the Rhone Valley.
Open
moderate
Distance 8.7 km
2:45 h
196 m
355 m
1,446 m
1,174 m
The Massa Trail leads you from Blatten bei Naters via the Blattnerschliecht forest to Gragg and from here along the former Suone Riederi, which was first mentioned in 1385, to Ried-Mörel. The steepest cliff face, around which six long canals led at dizzying heights until the end of the 1930s, is now bypassed by a short tunnel. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Rhone Valley and the Valais Alps.

Author’s recommendation

Along the path there are several information boards on the theme "Water connects". For example, one learns that similar methods are used in Nepal to transport water along slopes to the fields. The information boards explain the similarities between the two traditions and give insight into the customs and myths surrounding this tradition.
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Blatten-Belalp Tourismus 
Update: September 14, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Burge, 1,446 m
Lowest point
Ried-Mörel, gondola lift, 1,174 m
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Track types

Asphalt 7.59%Dirt road 0.17%Forested/wild trail 13.88%Path 74.30%Road 4.04%
Asphalt
0.7 km
Dirt road
0 km
Forested/wild trail
1.2 km
Path
6.4 km
Road
0.4 km
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Safety information

Despite the " impossible to miss " markings of the hiking trails, we recommend for safety reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map with you, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in case of a thunderstorm or an emergency, for example.

Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After storms, trees can still fall over or branches can fall down. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths. You have to expect this kind of path impairment when you go on a hike.

Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. In some cases surefootedness is required. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them.

Tips and hints

If you have any questions, please contact:

Belalp Bahnen AG

www.belalp.ch

bahnen@belalp.ch

+41 27 921 65 10

Blatten - Belalp Tourismus AG

tourismus@belalp.ch

+41 27 921 60 40

Start

Blatten bei Naters, valley station (1332 m) (1,332 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'971E 1'134'335N
DD
46.359090, 7.983974
DMS
46°21'32.7"N 7°59'02.3"E
UTM
32T 421837 5134447
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Destination

Ried-Mörel village - gondola lift

Turn-by-turn directions

In Blatten bei Naters, cross the village and hike through the Blattnerschliecht to the Gibidum bridge and follow the Massaweg signs. Via Gragg you reach the Suone Riederi and follow its route on a blasted, airy path above the impressive Massa Gorge. After about 3 hours you reach Ried-Mörel. Here you can board the gondola lift to Mörel. In Mörel you cross the main road and take the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to Brig.

On the Massaweg you have the option of leaving the trail earlier. For example, you can leave the trail at Ebnet and walk to Bitsch. From Bitsch you can walk the Red Mile through Naters towards Brig.

Blatten bei Naters - Massa - Gragg - Steischlag - Schwarzes-Flesch - Rischwald - Roti Flue - Ried-Mörel

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Blatten bei Naters can be reached by public transport from Brig or Naters.

You can find the timetable and further information on how to get there at: www.belalp.ch 

Getting there

Arrival by car

From western Switzerland: A9 Lausanne - Vevey, or north-western Switzerland: A12 Bern - Vevey: A9 - Sierre: main road Sierre - Brig

From north-western Switzerland: A6 Berne - Thun - Spiez: main road Spiez - Kandersteg (Lötschberg tunnel car transport) - Goppenstein - Gampel - Brig

From eastern and central Switzerland: Andermatt - Realp (year-round Furka car transport; in summer via Furka Pass) - Oberwald - Brig

From Ticino (in summer): Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen - Brig

Or via Centovalli - Domodossola - Simplonpass - Brig

From Italy (Aosta, Mt. Blanc Tunnel): Aosta - Grand Saint Bernard tunnel (over the pass in summer) - Martigny: A9 motorway - Sierre: Sierre - Brig main road.

Or via Domodossola - Simplon Pass - Brig

Blatten bei Naters

From Brig you can reach Blatten bei Naters via Naters, then take the cable car to the car-free Belalp.

Parking

Paid parking is available at Chienzlichrommu and in the underground car park in Blatten bei Naters.

You can find more info at:

www.belalp.ch 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'971E 1'134'335N
DD
46.359090, 7.983974
DMS
46°21'32.7"N 7°59'02.3"E
UTM
32T 421837 5134447
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Equipment

Sturdy shoes, clothing suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, as well as sufficient supplies of food and drinks, should there be no refreshment stops or shopping facilities available or open. Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons. Take sticks or other aids with you.

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Rating

5.0
(3)
Michael Herrmann 
August 07, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 03, 2019
Idyllischer Start von Blatten
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Spektakuläre Ausicht
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Aussicht auf Brig
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Abwechslungsreiche Pfade
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Suonen
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Giljam Aarnink 
July 05, 2019 · Community
Beautiful Hike and easy to walk. Need not be afraid of heights, but well secured.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.7 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
196 m
Descent
355 m
Highest point
1,446 m
Lowest point
1,174 m
Public-transport-friendly Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Flora and fauna Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip

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