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Circular hike from Mörel-Filet to Salzgäb, Bitsch, Naters and back

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Map / Circular hike from Mörel-Filet to Salzgäb, Bitsch, Naters and back
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This magnificent circular hike on the valley floor has a few thrills in store: you’ll cross the 40m-long Massa suspension bridge, which boasts an impressive view of the Massa Gorge.
Open
moderate
Distance 14 km
4:30 h
424 m
424 m
967 m
674 m
The starting point of the tour is at the church in Mörel-Filet. Set off along Dorfstrasse until you reach the upper end of the village. From there, take the path that branches left to the Salzgäb chestnut grove and themed trail, then continue heading west until you reach Bitsch. Pass the district of Ebnet, the church and the schoolhouse on your way to the Massa suspension bridge. Enjoy the impressive view of the Massa Gorge from the bridge! Once you reach the other side, follow the path the leads gently down via Massegga (where there’s an amazing view!) into Naters village centre. Take the “Rote Meile” eastwards back to Bitsch. From there, head up the small path opposite the Raiffeisen bank and continue along the old water channel to Ze hohe Flühe, where you cross the main road and the young Rhone. Now head across the Sand floodplain in the direction of Mörel-Filet. After the power station, cross the young Rhone again and return to the starting point of the hike.

Author’s recommendation

Chestnut culture once was once very important in the region. The information boards in Mörel-Filet provide extensive information on the subject. 
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: April 14, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
967 m
Lowest point
674 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 51.90%Road 28.73%Unknown 19.36%
Forested/wild trail
7.3 km
Road
4 km
Unknown
2.7 km
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Safety information

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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

church, Mörel-Filet (774 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'636E 1'133'998N
DD
46.355750, 8.044552
DMS
46°21'20.7"N 8°02'40.4"E
UTM
32T 426493 5134018
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Destination

church, Mörel-Filet

Turn-by-turn directions

Mörel-Filet – Salzgäb – Bitsch – Hängebrücke Massa – Naters – Rote Meile – Bitsch – Mörel-Filet

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Mörel-Filet, on foot to the start of the tour at the church in the village center.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Mörel-Filet exit, then follow signs for the parking facilities.

Parking

  • Limited parking spaces (charges apply) at Mörel-Filet station. Further parking options are signposted.
  • Large pay multi-storey car parks at the entrance to Mörel-Filet and in the village centre.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'636E 1'133'998N
DD
46.355750, 8.044552
DMS
46°21'20.7"N 8°02'40.4"E
UTM
32T 426493 5134018
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

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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)  

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
424 m
Descent
424 m
Highest point
967 m
Lowest point
674 m
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