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Hiking along the Aletsch Glacier: Bettmerhorn via Märjelensee to Fiescheralp

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Lakes Aletsch glacier

Small lakes near the Aletsch glacier.

Hike along the glacier from Bettmerhorn to Fiescheralp

Extraordinary trail along the Aletsch Glacier with many beautiful views of the Bernese and Valaisian Alps.


How to reach Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp.


Facts Bettmerhorn - Märjelensee - Fiescheralp

  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2180 - 2647 m
  • Distance: 9.3 km
  • Terrain: rocky, meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

About the trail

The cable car takes you up to the Bettmerhorn, where you can immediately enjoy the magnificent view of the Aletsch Glacier. The route can be divided into 3 sections: along the glacier (1), crossing over to the Upper Rhone valley (2), and the Upper Rhone valley (3).

The first section is about 3.5 km long and offers continuous views of the glacier as you walk parallel to it. Then you'll walk to the east, and away from the glacier, and you'll soon reach the tiny Märjelensee (Lake Märjelen).

Section 2 continues to the larger Vordersee (Lake Vorder), where you will enter the 1 km long pedestrian tunnel. It's quite exciting to walk across that pretty dark tunnel. A flashlight will come in handy. You can extend the route by not taking the tunnel but walking further to the north-east along the Vordersee. This trail rejoins with the original route about 1 km before Fiescheralp.

Section 3 starts at the end of the tunnel. This section offers views of the Fiescher Glacier, the Fiescher valley and the Upper Rhone valley. An easy wide trail will lead you to Fiescheralp. If you want to see the Aletsch Glacier from a different perspective, this where you can take a cable car up to the Eggishorn.

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