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Winter hike from Fiescheralp to Riederalp

Winter Hiking · Aletsch Arena
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  • Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
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  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: System
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: System
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: System
  • / Winterwanderung von der Fiescheralp zur Riederalp
    Photo: System
  • / Wegweiser Bettmeralp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Seilparkhäuschen Baschweri Bettmeralp
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  • / Aletsch Promenade Bettmeralp 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.
moderate
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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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: January 24, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2218 m
Lowest point
1878 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Bättmer Hitta

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, hints and links

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

www.aletscharena.ch 

Start

Fiescheralp, top station of aerial cable car (2210 m)
Coordinates:
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

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

DD
46.412960, 8.103265
DMS
46°24'46.7"N 8°06'11.8"E
UTM
32T 431082 5140322
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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:  
  • Winter boots or hiking/trekking boots with a good grip 
  •  Hiking poles (optional) 
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather 

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

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