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Aletsch Glacier 7-day Self-guided Walking Tour Level 3
This itinerary combines two of the most popular hikes in Switzerland.The hikes along the railway embankement of the Lötschberg train line offers amazing views on the viaducts and leads past small streams and over suspension bridges towards the Great Aletsch Glacier. An alpine landscape of rock and ice awaits you here and enchants you with superb views on the glacier and its surrounding peaks. The hike ends with a walk towards the typical mountain village Bellwald, where you can again enjoy views on the snowy peaks of Valais.
Hiking routes Nr.39 & 61.This hike leads through alpine territory. You need a good physical condition and surefootedness. You must not suffer from Vertigo to be able to walk over the suspension bridge in the Massa valley
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Arrival in Gampel / Steg
Settle in to your hotel
Gampel / Steg–Ausserberg approx . 12 kms 4hrs | +800m -420m
Panoramic hike on high-level BLS railway Südrampe (south ramp). Popular classic hike beside the Lötschberg railway tracks to imposing Bietschtal bridge. Lovely path beside historic water channels (suonen) to hanging bridge - superb views at Brägji and Riedgarten.
Ausserberg–Naters–BelalpSuonen (irrigation channels) and the BLS railway line accompany this stage. approx. 15-21kms | +560 -1,265m -870-945m
Impressive view of the Baltschieder viaduct. Pipes for irrigating the dry south-facing slopes line the route. Information columns on the BLS Südrampe section and Swiss Guards Museum provide fascinating information. From Naters either by foot or with the public bus to Blatten and with the cable car up to Belalp.
Belalp-Riederalp approx. 10 kms 4hrs | +695m -850m
Best views of glacier snout and lower part of Aletsch Glacier from Aletschbor. Over a hanging bridge to Aletschwald (forest) with 100-year-old Swiss stone pines. Villa Cassel looms like an eagle's nest on the Riederfurka ridge, surrounded by the magnificent Valais mountains.
Riederalp–Märjelensee/ Fiescheralp approx. 12 kms 4hrs | +775 m -355m
A string of vantage points provides a natural spectacle: to the north, the view of the Aletsch Glacier in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the south the 4000-metre peaks of Valais. On the gentle descent to the Märjelensee lake, cotton grasses and small tarns contrast with the rock and ice.
Märjelensee/ Fiescheralp-Bellwald approx.10km 4hrs | +435 m -1,250m
The trail follows old Alpine paths down to the Burg, a rock massif of gneiss smoothed by glaciers. Against the backdrop of the Goms mountains, the Fiescher Glacier becomes clearly visible. The 160- metre-long Aspi-Titter suspension bridge points the way to the idyllic Goms mountain village of Bellwald.
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