From Riederalp Mitte, head eastwards to the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh valley station. The cable car takes you to the starting point of the hike at the Moosfluh View Point. From there follow the road east via Biel down to the Chatzulecher lakes. Four information boards along the path present fascinating facts about the Great Aletsch Glacier: they tell you about the changes in the Great Aletsch Glacier since the last ice age (Würm glaciation) and show how the history of the ice giant can be reconstructed.
- The first information board (Moosfluh, 2,333m above sea level) shows the extent of the Great Aletsch Glacier during the last ice age.
- The second information board (Biel, 2,280m above sea level) documents the end of the ice age: it depicts the moraine wall as it looked 11,700 years ago.
- The third information board is located near the Young Drift Moraine (2,130m above sea level). It shows the glacier in about 1860.
- The fourth information board is 70 altitude metres above the glacier (2,000m above sea level) and explains how it is possible to reconstruct the history of the Great Aletsch Glacier.
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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
Getting thereTake 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.
- 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.
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Book recommendations for this region:
- 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)
Basic Equipment for Nature Trails
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Comfortable clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- 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.