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Circular hike from Bettmeralp through the Aletsch Forest and back

  • medium
  • 12,74 km
  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • 595 m
  • 2333 m
  • 1924 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 60 / 100
  • open
  • start: Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car
  • destination: Bettmeralp, valley station of the Bettmerhorn gondola

The first section takes you from Bettmeralp up to Lake Bettmersee and along the western shore to the turnoff towards Gopplerlücke. Follow the Herrenweg to Berghaus Toni (Riederalp West). Then it’s uphill to Riederfurka, where it’s recommended to visit the Pro Natura Centre Aletsch at Villa Cassel. Well-informed about Aletsch Forest and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you head from Riederfurka along the Moraine Trail through the protected Aletsch Forest. After about 30 minutes, the view opens up on the imposing Great Aletsch Glacier. Passing centuries-old Swiss stone pines, you continue on towards Moosfluh and Biel. Here you switch to the side of the sunny plateau and tackle the last stage of the hike, the downhill walk to Lake Bettmersee and Bettmeralp.

Important: Aletsch Forest has been under strict nature protection since 1933 – please follow the rules displayed on signs there!

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