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Winter hike from Riederalp to Ried-Mörel via Oberried

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  • Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
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  • / Riederwald
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  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Jonas Walker, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Riederalp via Oberried nach Ried-Mörel
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
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A winter idyll in the winter forest! The winter hike, all downhill, crosses the forest of Riederwald. But there’s no shortage of fascinating views either.
closed
moderate
Distance 8.9 km
2:30 h
0 m
717 m
1,911 m
1,190 m
Setting off from Riederalp Mitte, you head eastwards along the Aletsch Promenade. When you reach Hotel Walliser Spycher, turn off onto the winter hiking trail towards Oberried. At first the trail crosses open terrain at the lower end of the sunny plateau in a westerly direction, before plunging into the magical, snowy Riederwald. Enjoy the leisurely walk through the forest down to Oberried. Once there, follow the road past the hamlets of Wyde, Matte and Summerseili, and on down to Ried-Mörel, where you can catch the cable car back up to Riederalp or down to Mörel.

Author’s recommendation

The hamlet of Oberried in Valais affords you a magnificent vista of the Rhone Valley. Take time to drink in this fantastic view!
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Author
Aletsch Arena AG
Update: December 30, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,911 m
Lowest point
1,190 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

Riederalp, top station of aerial cable car (1,910 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'734E 1'136'490N
DD
46.378224, 8.033070
DMS
46°22'41.6"N 8°01'59.1"E
UTM
32T 425640 5136526
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Destination

Ried-Mörel

Turn-by-turn directions

Riederalp - Oberried - Ried-Mörel

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Mörel-Filet, then on foot to the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). Take the cable car up to Riederalp. 

Getting there

Take 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. 

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
2'645'734E 1'136'490N
DD
46.378224, 8.033070
DMS
46°22'41.6"N 8°01'59.1"E
UTM
32T 425640 5136526
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
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Descent
717 m
Highest point
1,911 m
Lowest point
1,190 m
Linear route Scenic Groomed snow
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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