Multi-Day Tour through the Aletsch Region
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Hängebrücke Belalp - RiederalpPhoto: Aletsch Arena AG
This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information
The starting point of the tour is Hotel Belalp. You hike down the Steigle to Aletschji, from where you cross the Leng Acker to the old glacier ascent and the Belalp-Riederalp suspension bridge. At 124m long and 80m high, the suspension bridge is the highlight of this stage! Once on the other side, you start the ascent to Riederfurka. From Riederfurka you hike down to the destination of the first stage, Riederalp.
Accommodation: Accommodation in Riederalp
From Riederalp, take the Gletscherbahn up to the Moosfluh view point, which is the starting point for the second stage. Head east to Biel and then make the short climb up to Hohbalm. From there, the trail crosses the north-facing slopes of Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn without much change in altitude, ending at Lake Märjelensee. Views of the Great Aletsch Glacier accompany you all along this stretch of the route.
From the Gletscherstube mountain hut, climb up to the little lake of Tällisee, a beautiful lookout point, and on to Tälligrat Ridge along a nicely laid-out footpath. Continue on up the switchback trail to the Horli-Hitta and Eggishorn view point, where a unique vista awaits you. Then hike back along the same path to the Gletscherstube. The last section of the day’s stage takes you via Märjelenwang down to the Burghütte.
Day 4 promises thrills galore: the tour begins with a relatively challenging, steep descent that calls for sure-footedness. Around 600 metres of elevation difference have to be tackled on this terrain. This is followed by the crossing of the 160m-long Aspi-Titter suspension bridge, which spans the Weisswasser Gorge at a height of 120 metres. You’ll need a head for heights, but you can also look forward to stunning glimpses into the depths below. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, the trail still holds a number of challenges: sure-footedness and a head for heights are also a must on the steep climb to the highest point of the hike. Once there, you hike to Bellwald and continue downwards via Fürgangen to the second suspension bridge of the fourth day’s stage: the 280m-long Goms Bridge crosses the wild young Rhone, which rushes by 92m below. On the other side of the bridge, Mühlebach awaits you. There you’ll find restaurants where you can replenish your energy levels for the final stage, which takes you to Fiesch via Ernen.
Safety informationSummer 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 hintsAletsch Arena AG
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Duration 5 h | Distance 11,4 km | Ascent 604 m | Descent 782 km
Day 2: Moosfluh – Biel – Hohbalm – Roti Chumme – Märjelensee – Gletscherstube
Duration 4 h | Distance 10,6 km | Ascent 735 m | Descent 282 m
Day 3: Eggishorn – Tälligrat/Tällisee – Gletscherstube - Burghütte
Duration 4 h | Distance 10,2 km | Ascent 508 m | Descent 1123 m
Day 4: Aspi-Titter suspension bridge - Bellwald - Fürgangen - Goms Bridge - Mühlebach - Ernen Fiesch
Duration 4 h | Distance 11,9 km | Ascent 262 m | Descent 964 m
Public-transport-friendlyFrom Brig railway station, take the No. 624 bus to the Blatten bei Naters stop (journey time: 15–20 min.).
Getting thereTake Cantonal Road 19 to the Brig exit, then follow Blattenstrasse from Naters to the valley station of the Blatten-Belalp cable car in Blatten bei Naters.
ParkingLarge pay car park at the valley station of the Blatten-Belalp cable car.
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- good footwear
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
- bottle for water
- binoculars (optional)
- hiking poles (optional)
- printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)
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