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Winter hike Fiescheralp - Riederalp

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  • Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Seilparkhäuschen Baschweri Bettmeralp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Aletsch Promenade Bettmeralp Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
m 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 8 6 4 2 km Kapelle Maria zum Schnee Restaurant Bättmer Hitta Bergstation Riederalp West Bergstation Luftseilbahn Bettmeralp
Idyllic winter scenes and magnificent views of the 4000-metre peaks of Valais. The fantastic winter hiking trail takes you across the whole of the Aletsch Arena’s sunny plateau.
closed
moderate
Distance 9.1 km
3:15 h
63 m
343 m

The hike starts at the mountain station of the Fiesch – Fiescheralp cable car, from where you set off in a westerly direction. After passing the snow-covered Alps and the slopes of Martisbergeralp and Laxeralp, follow the Herrenweg trail until you reach the Bättmer-Hitta restaurant. The route then climbs slightly towards Wurzenbord, where a magnificent view of the mountains awaits you. After this, the trail takes you back downhill, past the Berghaus Möriken hostel to Hotel Aletsch. Now follow Dorfstrasse through Bettmeralp westwards as far as the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, passing the Maria zum Schnee chapel and typical Valais chalets on the way. Continue on the Aletsch Promenade in the direction of Riederalp West. There are hardly any more vertical metres to overcome on this section of the route. Numerous benches invite you to rest a while, enjoy the view and recharge your batteries.

The tour comprises a number of separate sections. Please check the winter sports report for the status (open/closed).

Author’s recommendation

The homemade cream slices in the Bättmer-Hitta are simply gorgeous. They’re a delicacy you must definitely try!
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Author
Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: April 20, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2,218 m
Lowest point
1,878 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Winter sports report

 

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 

  • 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.

  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature. 

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.

  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.

  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.

  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.

  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

     

Note(s)
The altitude and the route mean that good footwear is absolutely essential for this winter hike. 

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG
Furkastrasse 39
CH-3983 Mörel
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch

www.aletscharena.ch 

 

 

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility

Start

Fiescheralp, top station of aerial cable car (2,210 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'651'102E 1'140'394N
DD
46.412960, 8.103265
DMS
46°24'46.7"N 8°06'11.8"E
UTM
32T 431082 5140322
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Destination

Riederalp West

Turn-by-turn directions

Fiescheralp - Restaurant Bättmer-Hitta - Bettmeralp - Riederalp

The hike starts at the mountain station of the Fiesch – Fiescheralp cable car, from where you set off in a westerly direction. After passing the snow-covered Alps and the slopes of Martisbergeralp and Laxeralp, follow the Herrenweg trail until you reach the Bättmer-Hitta restaurant. The route then climbs slightly towards Wurzenbord, where a magnificent view of the mountains awaits you. After this, the trail takes you back downhill, past the Berghaus Möriken hostel to Hotel Aletsch. Now follow Dorfstrasse through Bettmeralp westwards as far as the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, passing the Maria zum Schnee chapel and typical Valais chalets on the way. Continue on the Aletsch Promenade in the direction of Riederalp West. There are hardly any more vertical metres to overcome on this section of the route. Numerous benches invite you to rest a while, enjoy the view and recharge your batteries.

The tour comprises a number of separate sections. Please check the winter sports report for the status (open/closed).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, then on foot to the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). Take the cable car up to Fiescheralp.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, then follow Furkastrasse to the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). Take the cable car up to Fiescheralp.

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'651'102E 1'140'394N
DD
46.412960, 8.103265
DMS
46°24'46.7"N 8°06'11.8"E
UTM
32T 431082 5140322
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.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hikingpoles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.1 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
63 m
Descent
343 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Scenic Point to Point Groomed snow

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