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Winter hike from Betten village to Goppisberg and Greich

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This easy winter hike on the sun-drenched slopes below the sunny plateau takes you past three beautifully situated Valais villages as it thrills you with fantastic views.
Open
moderate
Distance 3 km
2:30 h
1 m
655 m
2,000 m
1,211 m
The starting point of the hike is Betten village. Situated on the sun-drenched slopes below the sunny plateau of the Aletsch Arena, it is one of three idyllic Valais villages that you get to explore on this easy winter hike. After a tour of the village, follow the road westwards for a few hundred metres until a footpath branches off to the right, rising gently. Take this path to picturesque Goppisberg, the second Valais village on this hike.  From there, follow the new road to the mountain village of Greich. It’s definitely worth exploring the village before catching the cable car up to Riederalp or alternatively down to Mörel. From Riederalp, take the Aletsch Promenade to Bettmeralp.

Please note: The cable car stops at Greich station on request only!

Author’s recommendation

Get a glimpse of the history of the people of Valais: you will still find many typical Valais chalets in the three beautiful Valais villages.
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: January 01, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,000 m
Lowest point
1,211 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Winter sports report
  • Plan each mountain tour carefully and adapt it to your own conditions, the weather and the season. 
  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly, so make sure you have suitable clothing and sufficient food and water with you. If the weather is unsafe, don’t wait too long to turn back. 
  • Let someone else know that you are doing the tour and if possible never go alone. 
  • Do not leave marked trails and do not go onto glaciers without a mountain guide. 
  • Walking on the ski slopes is prohibited. 
  • Be considerate of other hikers, plants and animals. 
  • Always find out about the local avalanche situation   

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-Filet 
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch  

Start

Betten, cable car station (1,210 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'648'404E 1'136'219N
DD
46.375601, 8.067746
DMS
46°22'32.2"N 8°04'03.9"E
UTM
32T 428303 5136203
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Destination

Greich

Turn-by-turn directions

Betten Dorf – Goppisberg – Greich 

Note


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Public transport

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

Getting there

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

 

Parking

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'648'404E 1'136'219N
DD
46.375601, 8.067746
DMS
46°22'32.2"N 8°04'03.9"E
UTM
32T 428303 5136203
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. 

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Equipment

We recommend:  
  • Winter boots or hiking/trekking boots with a good grip 
  • Hiking poles (optional) 
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather 

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
1 m
Descent
655 m
Highest point
2,000 m
Lowest point
1,211 m
Linear route Scenic Cableway ascent/descent
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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