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The Aletsch Half Marathon – a classic race in the World Heritage Site

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It’s Europe’s most beautiful half marathon: but the 21.2km route covering a difference in altitude of 1,050m also makes for an impressive hiking experience.
closed
moderate
Distance 20.9 km
4:13 h
1,040 m
316 m

Starting at the Bettmeralp cable-car mountain station (1,950m), first follow the route through the village of Bettmeralp. Continue via the Baschweri Adventure Park, the Forest Promenade and Lake Bettmersee to Riederalp and then up to Riederfurka. From there, the trail well and truly becomes a panoramic hike: the route section around the Riederhorn offers a thrilling view of the Rhone valley and the four-thousand-metre peaks of Valais. The rest of the hike – from Riederfurka via Hohfluh, Moosfluh, and Hohbalm up to Bettmerhorn mountain station (2,647m) – is dominated by the magnificent view of the Great Aletsch Glacier. From Bettmerhorn mountain station, take the gondola back to Bettmeralp.

The Aletsch Half Marathon attracts 2,500 mountain runners every year. See for yourself what it’s like to take part in this first-class running event.

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The Aletsch Half Marathon attracts 2,500 mountain runners every year. See for yourself what it’s like to take part in this first-class running event.
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Update: November 03, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,651 m
Lowest point
1,924 m
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Safety information

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  • Use at your own risk!

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG
Furkastrasse 39
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58

www.aletscharena.ch 

Start

Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car (1,923 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'647'614E 1'137'399N
DD
46.386268, 8.057606
DMS
46°23'10.6"N 8°03'27.4"E
UTM
32T 427537 5137397
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Destination

Bettmerhorn, top station of the Bettmerhorn gondola

Turn-by-turn directions

Bergstation Luftseilbahn Bettmeralp – Seilpark Baschweri – Waldpromenade – Bettmersee  Gopplerlücke – Riederfurka  - Casselweg ums Riederhorn – Hohfluh – Moosfluh – Biel – Hohbalm - Bergstation Gondelbahn Bettmerhorn

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Betten valley station. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Betten Valley Station exit. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Parking

Large pay car park near the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'647'614E 1'137'399N
DD
46.386268, 8.057606
DMS
46°23'10.6"N 8°03'27.4"E
UTM
32T 427537 5137397
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: 

  • Running shoes
  • Running gear
  • Sun protection
  • Sufficient fluids (preferably isotonic or water)

Basic Equipment for Jogging

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Comfortable running shoes
  • Trail running socks
  • Vest pack
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Blister kit
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Headlamp
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • 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
20.9 km
Duration
4:13 h
Ascent
1,040 m
Descent
316 m
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