Aletsch Arena is a made-up word. It refers to the entire southern area below the Aletsch Glacier and the Fiescher Glacier. The Aletsch Forest connects the glacier and the Aletsch Arena.
Like the Aletsch Glacier itself and the Jungfraujoch, the Aletsch Forest and the Aletsch Arena are UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites.
- The Aletsch Arena lies at 2,000 to 2,900 metres.
- It includes the areas of the municipalities of Mörel-Filet, Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Fiesch, Fieschertal and Lax as well as the associated mountain railways of Bettmeralp, Fiescheralp and Riederalp.
- The Aletsch Plateau is the sunny plateau of the Aletsch Arena and is completely car-free.
Popular activities in the Aletsch Arena
In summer, there are around 150 hiking routes available in the area, some of which also lead up to the Aletsch Glacier.
In winter, the Aletsch Arena comprises 104 ski slopes. For sledging, for example, there is a 13-kilometre-long sled run from Fiescheralp to Lax. Another toboggan run leads about five kilometres from the Moosfluh mountain station to Riederalp or Bettmeralp. Riederalp is served by a 6-seater gondola lift to Riederalp-West and a large cable car to Riederalp-Mitte. Bettmeralp can be reached by cable car from Betten. A direct shuttle covers 1,000 metres in altitude in seven minutes from the valley station and holds up to 120 people. A gondola lift leads to Fiescheralp from Fiesch, and another goes up to the Eggishorn mountain station at 2869 metres.
Aletsch Arena: Excursion destinations
- Aletsch Glacier
- Fiesch Glacier
- the four panorama peaks on the Aletsch Arena
- Aletsch”Massaschlucht suspension bridge
- Aletsch forest
- Lake Bettmer
- the Märjelen lakes
- Pro Natura Centre Aletsch – Villa Cassel
The Aletsch Glacier has its origin in the Jungfrau region at an altitude of about 4000 metres. It is the core of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Three mighty firn fields flow together with the small Grüneckfirn at Konkordiaplatz. The mighty firn fields include:
- the Grosse Aletschfirn
- the Jungfraufirn and
- the Ewigschneefeld.
The Great Aletsch Glacier is thus formed at Konkordiaplatz. The Konkordiaplatz is six square kilometres in size and the ice thickness here is more than 900 metres. The Great Aletsch Glacier continues to flow towards the Rhone Valley at a speed of about 200 metres per year. Under the pressure of the mighty masses of ice, valleys have been and are still being formed and rocks have been polished away.
The Fieschergletscher is a valley glacier located to the east of the Aletsch Glacier. It is about 14.7 kilometres long. After the Aletsch Glacier, it is still considered the longest glacier in the Alps. In terms of total area, it is the third largest glacier in the Alps. In 2017, its surface area was just under 30 m². The Aletsch Glacier is also the largest glacier in terms of area, but the Gorner Glacier comes in second. The Fieschergletscher is relatively narrow, as it squeezes through between the Wannenhorn and Wasenhorn. It ends at a large rock bar that divides the glacier into two glacier tongues at high elevations. The last highstand was in the 17th century. Today there is a measuring station at the outlet of the Fieschergletscher.
the four lookout peaks on the Aletsch Arena
A breathtaking panorama can be seen from all the vantage summits. To the north you can see the Jungfrau; Mönch and Eiger, but also the Finsteraarhorn and the Wannenhorn. Matterhorn, the Mischabel group, the Dom and the Weisshorn are discovered in the south. Most impressive is the 23-kilometre-long Aletsch Glacier. It is the longest glacier in the Alps. All four View Points are on the route of the “Grand Tour ofSwitzerland” by Switzerland Tourism. For information on all four View Points and how to get there with the Aletsch Railways, call +41 27 928 41 41. Because of the altitude, temperatures are always fresh here, but the weather is usually settled. Therefore, the view is almost always very good at all four View Points.
View Point Eggishorn 2869 m
The Eggishorn viewpoint is the highest of the four viewpoints in the Aletsch Arena. From here you can see the entire 23 kilometres of the Aletsch Glacier. The view even goes as far as Konkordiaplatz. The Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger are always in view anyway.
Bettmerhorn 2647 m
The second highest view point in the Aletsch Arena looks out over the long straight and the big curve of the Aletsch Glacier. This is also the regular finish of the Aletsch Half Marathon. The Bettmerhorn Panorama Restaurant provides visitors with food and drinks. The multimedia exhibition Gletscherwelt Bettmerhorn provides comprehensive information about the Great Aletsch Glacier and its secrets. The vantage point on the Bettmerhorn is barrier-free. The Bettmerhorn vantage point can be reached from the Betten valley station by cable car to Bettmeralp. There, a 15-minute walk leads to the gondola lift on the other side of the village. The cable car goes directly up to the Bettmerhorn.
Moosfluh 2333 m
The view point Moosfluh is not far from the Hohfluh. A telescope allows you to see very far across the glacier and into the mountains. The neighbouring Bar Buvette provides snacks and refreshments. The Moosfluh is reached from Mörel with the Aletsch cable cars, first to Riederalp Mitte. Here you change to the Moosfluh glacier cable car. It consists of gondolas in summer and a combination of gondolas and chairs in winter.
Hohfluh 2227 m
The view point Hohfluh looks over the curves of the Aletsch Glacier. Due to its proximity to the Moosfluh, the combination of both view points is recommended. This viewpoint can be reached with the Aletsch cable cars from Mörel to Riederalp Mitte or Riederalp West. The chairlift takes you to Hohfluh from Riederalp.
Massaschlucht” suspension bridge
between Riederalp and Belalp
It is only a short walk from Riederalp via Riederfurka, the Teiffe forest and the Grünsee biotope to the suspension bridge. At a height of eighty metres, it spans 126 metres of the Massa Gorge and the melting Aletsch Glacier. The bridge was built to take account of the fact that the melting process means that it is no longer possible to cross the glacier at this point. The approximately four-hour hikes to or from Belalp are popular. The hike is explained here from Belalp to Riederalp.
The Aletsch Forest
The Aletsch Forest lies below the Jungfraujoch and above the south-western edge of the glacier. It connects the Great Aletsch Glacier with the Aletsch Arena.
It is located in the subalpine altitude zone between 1,600 and 2,200 metres on the north-western and northern slopes of Moosfluh and Hohfluh. The upper part of the forest consists of larches and Swiss stone pines (Zirben, Zirbelkiefern), which are loosely distributed over the area. In between, the ground is covered with low shrubs and blueberries and heather. The shrubs are mostly alpine roses, which bloom widely here in July. There are also raised bogs in the Aletsch Forest area. The unique feature of this forest is the lateral moraines newly colonised by plants, where the glacier has already retreated. Here you can clearly see the individual stages of recolonisation by the plants. At the beginning there are the first moss cushions, then saxifrages appear and in the last stage there are ancient stone pine trees.
Living in the forest:
- Black grouse
- Golden eagle
- Red deer (only in summer)
Since fir jays feed mainly on stone pine nuts, they ensure the spread of the stone pines. They can be observed in the forest especially in autumn when the nuts crack loudly in the trees. The Aletsch Forest has been part of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. It is also part of a hunting ban area. Hunting is prohibited here.
Lake Bettmer in the Aletsch Arena
Lake Bettmersee lies at an altitude of almost 2000 metres and covers an area of about six hectares. You can swim and fish in the cool lake in summer (Thursday closed day), surf or go boating. Stand Up Paddling is a newly added sport at the lake. For children, there is a natural paddling pool at Lake Bettmer.
- Boat hire: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (mid-June to mid-October)
- Fishing: Day permits are available at the boathouse, at the Bettmeralp Info Centre, or at the municipal office for CHF 20.
- Infocenter Bettmeralp, telephone 0041-27 928 58 58.
To get to Lake Bettmer, take the cable car to Bettmeralp. From there it takes only a few minutes to reach the lake.
Hike around the lake
Marmot learning trail
The marmot learning path leads to the Bettmersee from the east (Bättmer-Hüttli). From the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, hikers reach the chairlift in an easterly direction. One of the two chairlifts Wurzenbord or Schönbiel is open in summer. You can read about this on the Aletsch lifts’ status report page. On the way, there are four stations with information boards that provide information about the marmots. On this trail there is a good chance of observing some of the shy animals directly.
The Märjelen Lakes in the Aletsch Arena
A small chain of lakes lies on the eastern edge of the Aletsch Glacier. They are found in a depression at an altitude of 2302 metres above sea level and are fed by the Aletsch Glacier. The depression is flanked by the Eggishorn (2927 m) and the Strahlhorn (3026.5). Directly adjacent to the lakes is the Mountain hut Gletscherstube. In the 19th century it was still a large lake that was dammed to form the Gletscherrandsee. At that time it was about 1.6 kilometres long and 500 metres wide. The sudden outflow of the lake through crevasses often led to major floods in the Massa Valley. Today, the largest of the Märjelen lakes is Hintersee, which is about 100 metres long and about 60 metres deep. Hikes from Bettmerhorn or Bettmeralp to the Märjelen lakes are very popular. The great Three Lakes Hike also leads along here. A circular hike of about thirteen kilometres from the Eggishorn via Märjelensee to Fiescheralp also passes the Tälligratsee. The most beautiful mountain bike tour through the Aletsch Arena to the Märjelensee lakes is almost 60 kilometres long.
You can only reach the lakes on foot or by mountain bike. On foot, hikers take the cable car from Fiesch to Fiescheralp and from there another cable car to Eggishorn. From the Eggishorn mountain station there are about six kilometres to walk downhill.
Pro Natura Centre Aletsch Arena – Villa Cassel
The Pro Natura Centre Aletsch was opened as Switzerland’s first natural history centre in 1976. It is located on Riederalp/Riederfurka. The Villa Cassel is open from June to October.
Its theme is the flora and fauna of the Aletsch Arena and their protection. In addition to the permanent exhibition, there is also an alpine garden. Events and guided excursions are held regularly. Daily guided tours of Villa Cassel take place during the season from the end of June to mid-October from 3 to 4 pm. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) runs from Brig, Göschenen or Disentis to Mörel. From Mörel there is a cable car to Riederalp. The villa can be seen from Riederalp West. From here it is another half-hour walk with about one hundred metres of ascent. The way to the villa is well signposted.
Mountain railways to the Aletsch Arena, chairlifts and ski lifts
Mountain railways to the Aletsch Arena go to Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp with the Eggishorn. In total, the Aletsch Arena has 35 lifts and cable cars, which together can transport up to almost 42,000 people per hour. https://youtu.be/uPtfrs4dqVw The timetable and operating times are currently published on the Aletsch Bahnen website.
Aletsch Arena mountain railways: Riederalp
Riederalp is served by two Aletsch Arena cable cars and two chairlifts. There are also two ski lifts. Two cable cars run from Mörel (759 metres) to Riederalp (1925 metres). One of the cable cars ends in Ried-Mörel (1188 metres). From here you can take another cable car to Riederalp West. The other cable car goes directly to Riederalp Mitte. You can get off or on at the middle station in Greich (1361 m).
The cable car can carry 80 people at a time. The aerial cableway, which reaches eight metres per second, was put into operation in 2006. The cable car covers the distance from Mörel via Greich to Riederalp Mitte in 6:20 minutes. Facts:
- 759 m valley station
- 1.950 m top station
- 1.141 m Altitude difference
- 2.798 m Route
- 600 persons/hour
The 6-seater Mörel 1 gondola lift has been in operation since 1996, travelling from Mörel to Ried in 3:50 minutes at a speed of 5 metres per second. Facts:
- 759 m valley station
- 1.200 m top station
- 441 m Altitude difference
- 1.037 m Route
- 1000 persons/hour
The 6-seater Riederalp 2 gondola lift, in operation since 1987, picks up guests in Ried and takes them on to Riederalp. It is a single-cable gondola lift and takes 07:20 minutes. It reaches a speed of five metres per second. Facts:
- 1.200 m valley station
- 1.950 m top station
- 750 m Altitude difference
- 1.980 m Route
- 1000 persons/hour
Combi Glacier Railway Riederalp-Blausee-Moosfluh
The Riederalp-Blausee-Moosfluh combined glacier lift offers 8-seater cabins as well as 6-seater chairs. The 18 cabins and 70 chairs hang from the same suspension rope in a 1:4 ratio. The middle station is not used for boarding and disembarking in winter. Here the mountain changes with the recession of the Aletsch glacier. Therefore, special constructions were attached to the middle and top stations. In this way, geological subsidence can be compensated for at any time. The Moosfluh glacier cableway was put into operation in 2015. with a speed of 5 metres per second, the combined cableway takes a total of 6:30 minutes from Riederalp to Moosfluh. Facts:
- 1.885 m valley station
- 2.335 m top station
- 450 m Altitude difference
- 1.754 m Route
- 2400 persons/hour
Riederalp – Hohfluh
The 4-seater high-speed chairlift to Hohfluh, dating from 2009, has covers and is detachable. It travels at 5 metres per second and takes a total of 3:40 minutes. Facts:
- 1.929 m valley station
- 2.227 m top station
- 296 m Altitude difference
- 1.010 m Route
- 2000 persons/hour
Riederalp – Riederfurka
The 4-seater chairlift Riederfurka was built in 1993. At a speed of two metres per second , the lift takes six and a half minutes to travel from Riederalp to Riederfurka. Facts:
- 1.876 m valley station
- 2.119 m top station
- 243 m Altitude difference
- 702 m Route
- 2050 persons/hour
Aletsch Arena mountain railways: Bettmeralp
In addition to the aerial cableways of the Aletsch Arena , there is a gondola lift to the Moosfluh and one to the Bettmerhorn (2647 m). In addition, there are various chairlifts, most of which are reserved for skiers, and ski tows. Two cable cars run from Betten (826 metres) to Bettmeralp (1950 metres). One of them initially ends halfway in Betten Dorf (1203 metres). From there a third aerial cableway goes up.
Betten valley station to Bettmeralp
The cable car holds 125 people. It was built in 1974 and travels between Betten and Bettmeralp at a speed of eight metres per second. The journey takes a total of 5:40 minutes. Facts:
- 832 m valley station
- 1.933 m top station
- 1.101 m Altitude difference
- 2.446 m Route
- 970 persons/hour
Betten valley station to Betten village
From the valley station to Betten village, the cable car takes 48 people to the top. The cable car was built in 1972 and reaches a speed of seven metres per second. The aerial cableway takes 2:20 minutes to cover the distance. Facts:
- 832 m valley station
- 1.199 m top station
- 367 m difference in altitude
- 872 m Route
- 350 persons/hour
Betten village to Bettmeralp
From Betten-Dorf to Bettmeralp, the cabin cable car carries 50 people to the top. Built in 1967, the mountain railway reaches a speed of two metres per second and takes a total of fifteen minutes to cover the distance. Facts:
- 1.199 m valley station
- 1.931 m top station
- 732 m Altitude difference
- 1610 m Route
- 500 persons/hour
The Alpmatten inclined lift is a funicular for eight people built in 2000. The speed of one metre per second allows a total travel time of 2:30 min. Facts:
- 1920 m valley station
- 1959 m top station
- 30 m Altitude difference
- 134 m Route
- 100 persons/hour
The 8-seater gondola lift from 1995 operates as a single-cable gondola lift from Bettmeralp to Bettmerhorn. With a speed of 5 metres per second, the lift takes 8:30 minutes. Facts:
- 1.991 m valley station
- 2.652 m top station
- 662 m Altitude difference
- 2.324 m Route
- 2400 persons/hour
Bettmeralp – Wurzenbord
The 4-seater high-speed chairlift was inaugurated in 2003. It is detachable and has covers. At 5m/s, the chairlift reaches Wurzenbord in just four minutes. Pedestrians are only taken uphill in winter. Facts:
- 1.966 m valley station
- 2.224 m top station
- 258 m difference in altitude
- 1.075 m Route
- 2000 persons/hour
The 6-seater high-speed chairlift from 1998 runs from Bettmeralp to Schönbiel in 6:10 minutes. The chairs have covers and can be coupled. The speed is 5 metres per second. In winter, pedestrians are not carried. Facts:
- 1.956 m valley station
- 2.296 m top station
- 340 m Altitude difference
- 1.670 m Route
- 2800 persons/hour
The 4-seater high-speed chairlift dates from 2010. It is detachable and has orange weather protection bonnets. The Bettmeralp-Blausee chairlift has a middle station. The chairs are equipped with child-proof safety bars. The ride takes a total of four minutes at a speed of 5 metres per second. Facts:
- 1.940 m valley station
- 2.207 m top station
- 267 m Altitude difference
- 1.079 m Route
- 2000 persons/hour
Mountain railways Aletsch Arena: Fiescheralp / Eggishorn
The mountain railways of the Aletsch Arena to the Fiescheralp (2227m) and on to the Eggishorn (2879) are coordinated. In addition, there are several chairlifts for skiers and ski tows.
The 10-person gondola lift was only inaugurated in 2019. It operates as a single-cable circulating lift between Fiesch and Kühboden. At seven metres per second, the cable car reaches its destination in 7:48 minutes. Facts:
- 1.083 m valley station
- 2.227 m top station
- 1.144 m Altitude difference
- 2.698 m Route
- 1880 persons/hour
The cable car, built in 1988, carries 45 people directly to the Eggishorn. It reaches a speed of eight metres per second and takes 4:10 minutes to cover the entire distance. Facts:
- 2.225 m valley station
- 2.879 m top station
- 654 m Altitude difference
- 1.836 m Route
- 495 persons/hour
The Talegga is a 6-seater high-speed chairlift with covers. The chairlift is detachable. With a speed of five metres per second, the lift reaches the Eggishorn in six and a half minutes from the Fiescheralp. The lift ends just 150 metres below the summit. In winter, the chairlift is reserved exclusively for skiers. Facts:
- 2.205 m valley station
- 2.724 m top station
- 518 m Altitude difference
- 1.782 m Route
- 2200 persons/hour
The detachable 4-seater high-speed chairlift runs at the speed of 5 metres per second for 4:10 minutes. Facts:
- 1.848 m valley station
- 2.301 m top station
- 453 m Altitude difference
- 1.144 m Route
- 1400 persons/hour
Fiescheralp – Flesch
The 4-seater high-speed Flesch chairlift is detachable and has been running from Fiescheralp towards Eggishorn since 1993. With a speed of 5 metres per second, the chairlift reaches its destination in five minutes. Facts:
- 2.208 m valley station
- 2.630 m top station
- 422 m Altitude difference
- 1.357 m Route
- 2.400 persons/hour
Ski lifts on the Aletsch Arena
Sixteen ski lifts are located on the Aletsch Arena:
- 3 trainer lifts
- 2 storage
- 2 alpine rose
- 2 alpine mats
- Baby lift Blätz-Fieschertal
Summer activities in the Aletsch Arena
The Aletsch Arena is very popular for hiking in summer. The car-free area is well suited for this. Mountain huts in the area usually have dormitories, so that hikes lasting several days can also be organised.
Summer activities primarily include:
- Summer hiking routes through the Aletsch Arena
- Hiking in the Aletsch Forest
- Climbing garden, alpine climbing and fixed rope routes
- Mountain biking
- Llama trekking
- Rope park
- Paragliding (all year round)
Summer hiking routes through the Aletsch Arena
Below the Jungfraujochand below the Aletsch Glacier, 150 hiking routes through the Aletsch Arena are available in summer.
Examples of easy summer hikes
: Themed marmot learning trail from Bettmeralp to Bettmersee (4.4 km, 1 h 40 min, 8 metres (hm) ascent, 270 hm descent): knowledge about marmots is imparted at four information stations; marmot families can often be observed along the way. Theme trail circular trail on the Eggishorn (500 metres, 20 min., 24 hm ascent and descent), from the mountain station of the Eggishorn cable car you pass 9 glacier lounges with information boards, from which special views of the surrounding mountains are possible.
Examples of medium-difficulty summer hikes
: Theme trail Erlebnispfad (ridge trail) from the Moosfluh to Riederfurka/Riederalp(6.7 km, 2 h 40 min, 447 hm ascent, 430 hm descent): Along the way there are five experience stations that take a closer look at topics such as alpine economy, tourism and nature conservation in a playful and acoustic way.
Hike from Fieschertal via Unnerbärg, Märjelensee to Fiescheralp (12.8 km, 5 hrs, 1293 hm ascent, 192 hm descent): the hike goes mainly upwards over scree and rock, partly over mountain meadows; good physical condition is required. The trail leads past a waterfall. Circular hike from Bettmerhorn via Märjelensee to Bettmeralp (14.9 km, 5 hrs. 30 min., 233 hm ascent, 949 hm descent): with a view of the Great Aletsch Glacier, the hike goes slightly downhill, over stairs carved in stone towards Märjela, Märjelensee and back to the sunny plateau.
Example of difficult summer hikes
: Great Three Lakes Hike Bettmersee, Blausee, Märjelensee (20.6 km, 6 hrs. 30 min., 750 hm ascent and descent): Bettmeralp is the starting and end point of the tour. The illuminated Tälligrattunnel (Oberes Tälli) is also crossed.
Hiking in the Aletsch Forest
The Aletsch Forest, which begins to the south of the Jungfraujochand above the foothills of the Aletsch Glacier, is a popular hiking area for easy to moderate hikes with the whole family. The period from mid-June to mid-October is suitable.
Examples of hikes through the Aletsch Forest:
Bettmeralp-Aletschwald (12 km, 4.3 hours, 130 hm ascent, 55 hm descent): The hike leads from Bettmeralp to Bettmersee, along the lake to the Gopplerlücke fork. Here the ascent begins via Riederalp to Riederfurka. It then takes about 30 minutes through the Aletsch forest to an open view of the Aletsch glacier. Via Alte Stafel, the trail continues towards Biel and crosses to the other side of the mountain ridge. The last part of the trail leads along the southern Bettmersee lake and back to Bettmeralp. Kühboden (Fischeralp)-Aletschwald-Riederalp (12 km, 4 hrs., 497 hm ascent): The trail starts at the middle station of the Eggishorn cable car and leads via Bettmeralp to Moosfluh. On a panoramic path the tour goes in a big arc to the Aletschwald and down to the Silbersand. Riederalp is reached via Riederfurka as the trail continues.
Aletsch Arena: climbing garden, alpine climbing and fixed rope routes
The best place to practice alpine climbing is in a climbing garden. Within the Aletsch Arena there is a large climbing garden as well as opportunities for alpine climbing. Alpine climbing requires more skill and practice than via ferrata.
Aletsch Arena – Adler climbing garden
Fusshorn XI 3155m West Ridge
The ascent of the Fusshorn number XI, also known as the Thumb, is very difficult and requires practice in alpine climbing. The granite tower is a popular photo subject.
The via Ferrata Aletsch at the Gibidum Reservoir
The via ferrata leads around the Gibidum reservoir in the upper Massa gorge. The trail is secured with ropes and steel hooks. Several dizzying climbing passages lie along the way, including an 80-metre-long river crossing over the 40m-high Nepal Bridge. It crosses Massa at the mouth into the Gibidum reservoir.
Via Ferrata Eggishorn
Climbing over a ridge, over steep passages and a 40-metre three-rope bridge are on the way. The via ferrata on the Eggishorn can also be done by young people who are free from giddiness and sure-footed. There are no overhanging sections. There is an emergency exit after about one hour of climbing.
Mountain biking in the Aletsch Arena
Mountain bike tours range from very short to very long. The longest tour is more than 120 kilometres long.
Only 400 metres long is the track where children can practice. At the Bike-Kidstrack they have the opportunity to improve their bike technique.
11.5 kilometres long, this is more of a leisurely bike tour. About 350 metres of altitude difference along the entire route are easily manageable.
This tour starts in Kühboden and ends in Fiesch. It is 26 kilometres long and leads almost exclusively (1,600 metres in altitude) downhill.
Rieder Alpine Loop
This demanding tour is almost 20 kilometres long. On the way back to Riederalp, there are more than six hundred metres of altitude to climb. Alternatively, you can take the cable car from Ried-Mörel to the Aletsch plateau.
The 46-kilometre tour is considered difficult. It leads from Fiesch up to Schinerewysse and back again. About 1,500 metres of altitude difference have to be mastered in both directions.
4.700 metres in altitude and a distance of 127 kilometres have to be mastered on this mammoth route. The Stoneman route can be completed in several days. Over three stages, the route leads up to the Aletsch region and back to Mörel.
Llama trekking through the Aletsch Arena
Llamatrekking is available from Fiesch for private individuals, school classes or clubs. In 2021, one day of trekking costs CHF 70 for an adult and CHF 50 for children. For trekking tours lasting several days, overnight accommodation is provided in a romantic alpine hut(Martisbergeralp and Fiescheralp). Meals are provided from the rucksack or in the hut (at extra cost). Trekking tours are arranged on request. Tel. trekking guide Beni Burgener: 0041-27 971 31 58, Natel 0041-79 719 51 15 Tel. Eggishorn Tourism: 0041-27 970 16 16, Fax 0041-27 970 16 15 Tel. Goms Tourism: 0041-27 970 10 70
Aletsch Arena: Rope parks
The Aletsch Arena has two rope parks, the Fiesch Rope Park and the Baschweri Rope Park. High up in the treetops of the Baschweri Rope Park on Bettmeralp and the Swiss Rope Park Fiesch, family fun is guaranteed on a total of 13 courses. Mastering the obstacles in the trees requires skill – and a little courage here and there. Helmets and gloves are easily available on site. The Baschweri Rope Park, located on the forest path in the direction of Fiescheralp, can be easily reached on foot in around 15 minutes from the Bettmeralp mountain station. The Swiss Rope Park Fiesch is located on the grounds of the Sport Resort in Fiesch. You can register at the reception. Have fun on your climbing adventure.
Rope Park Fiesch
The Rope Park is part of the Sport Resort Fiesch, which has other sports facilities such as a tennis court and an indoor swimming pool. Overnight accommodation is also available here. The Fiesch Rope Park is modelled on the topography of Switzerland. It takes at least three hours to complete all the facilities. One of the courses is designed directly for wheelchair users. The rope park uses a new safety system. Helmets and gloves are provided. The starting point for individual visitors is usually at the tree bar. For groups, it is located at the Equipment Base – Chalet Ahorn. The tree bar is next to the stairs to the restaurant. The Rope Park is open from July to around mid-October.
Highlights of the Rope Park:
- 6 courses with 55 platforms
- 1 course for wheelchair users
- Travel game through Switzerland with cartoon exhibition
Rope Park Baschweri
The Baschweri Rope Park is located on Bettmeralp at an altitude of almost 2,000 metres. It is the highest rope park in Switzerland.
Highlights of the rope park:
- 6 courses with a 200-metre-long tyrolienne for minimum height 135 cm and maximum weight 120 kg
- Children’s course with wooden bridge, net, tyrolienne, rope, wooden tube, rope bridge, snowboard and ski for children under 135 cm tall (under adult supervision)
Paragliding (all year round) in the Aletsch Arena
Tandem flight providers:
- Flying Center Oberwallis Paragliding School Tandem flights
- Aletsch Flying Group
- Flight Taxi
- Airvolution – paragliding & delta flying
- Passenger flight
Common paragliding flights (using the example of the provider Flugtaxi
): The take-off is from the Fiescheralp, Riederalp or Bellwald. Participation is possible from the age of 3, the maximum weight is 120 kilograms.
A tandem flight “Basic” lasts about 15 minutes and is a quiet flight over the Aletsch Arena. It is an ideal flight for beginners.
On this tandem flight, the focus is on taking off and letting yourself drift with the thermals. It lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.
This tandem flight is a long flight of about 45 minutes. The thermals are used as if by an eagle. The flight goes from one thermal source to another.
The flight takes place in a wheelchair that has been specially made for paragliding. Children from the age of 6 can take part. The maximum weight here is 80 kilograms of body weight.
This flight is a special flight for children between the ages of 3 and 10. It starts early in the morning so that the air is still calm. The impressions for the children are most lasting at this time.
Winter activities in the Aletsch Arena
In winter, in addition to ski slopes and cross-country ski trails, there are also prepared hiking trails and sledding runs in the region. https://youtu.be/IjzHiON8__4 Off the groomed trails, snowshoe tours are popular. The most popular winter activities include:
- Winter hiking
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Cross-country skiing
Winter hiking in the Aletsch Forest and in the Aletsch Arena
72 kilometres of winter hiking trails are prepared in the Aletsch Arena in winter.
Winter hike Bettmeralp circular trail “Waldpromenade” (forest promenade)
This easy hike has no major differences in altitude to contend with, as it is carried out on the sunny plateau. The starting point is the Bettmeralp mountain station. The trail leads past the Hotel Aletsch at the eastern end of the village and continues along a level path through the Baschweri. After about 30 minutes of walking in the direction of Martisbergeralp, the path makes a 180° turn and leads back to the west. Heading towards Alte Stafel, you pass the Möriken camp and return to Bettmeralp.
Winter hike from Fiescheralp to Riederalp
This winter hiking trail leads across the entire sunny plateau of the Aletsch Arena. There are only 63 metres of altitude to be climbed, but the more than 9 km long route is classified as moderately difficult. The tour starts from the mountain station of the Fiesch cable car and leads past the Martisberger and Laxer Alps with their snow-covered slopes. On the Herrenweg, the route leads to the Bättmer-Hitta restaurant, where a short climb becomes necessary. At Wurzenbord there is a magnificent view of the mountains. Now the trail goes downhill again. Along the Möriken warehouse and the Hotel Aletsch, the route continues on the village street through Bettmeralp. From the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, the trail continues to Riederalp.
Skiing and snowboarding in the Aletsch Arena
Skiing is possible in the Aletsch Arena at an altitude of between 1,845 and 2,869 metres above sea level. Due to the altitude, unadulterated skiing pleasure is guaranteed between December and April. In total, the ski area has 124 kilometres of top-prepared pistes. 35 lifts take winter sports enthusiasts to the top. All open lifts and slopes are interactively visible in the status report. Eight snow parks alone offer not only sports but also fun and entertainment. The special feature of these ski slopes is that the large Aletsch Glacier is always in view while skiing. The ski area is located directly on the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
Sledging in the Aletsch Arena
Sledging in the Aletsch Arena is something special. The region is car-free and has a beautiful panorama. Various pistes for sledging are maintained. In addition to the classic sledges , Snooc skis, Skigibel or Skibock are also suitable for sledging. They work very similarly. Snooc skis or tobogganing equipment can be rented.
Moosfluh – Bettmeralp sledging trail
This toboggan run is almost three kilometres long and leads down about 300 metres. The ride between the top station of the Moosfluh glacier cable car at 2,333 m and Bettmeralp is correspondingly fast.
Sledging between Moosfluh – Riederalp
This sledging trail leads down 430 metres in altitude and is more than three kilometres long. https://youtu.be/KwZ6lweIahU
The two aforementioned toboggan runs are also popular for Snooc tobogganing.
A very long toboggan run covers a distance of eleven kilometres and climbs almost 1,200 metres in altitude in the slalom section. The tour is moderately difficult.
Aletsch Arena: Snowtubing
Snowshoe trails through the Aletsch Arena
A large number of snowshoe trails lead through the Aletsch Arena. Among them are several snowshoe hikes with several hundred metres of altitude gain. Snowshoe hikes through the Aletsch Forest and in the Aletsch Arena are possible from December to mid-April.
easy snowshoe hike Golmenegg
The well-marked circular trail starts at the Golmenegg Restaurant. There are about 240 metres of altitude to climb up and down. This trail is well suited for beginners.
Holzji Trail snowshoe trail
The Holzji Trail starts in Blatten and leads via Rischinen and Egga to Holzji and on to the Aletschbord. The 800 metres in altitude that have to be climbed make the trail a difficult one, but the efforts are forgotten with the view from the Aletschbord. The Great Aletsch Glacier can be seen very well from here.
At the cable car station the path starts in western direction. After Nieschbord it leads through the forest and follows the Panoramaweg and ends in Greich. From here you can take the cable car back to Mörel.
Circular trail from Bettmeralp over Riederalp and back
This snowshoe trail goes off the tourist trails but is still very well marked. The descent into the valley offers particularly beautiful views of the Rhone Valley.
Snowshoe Hike Moosfluh-Riederfurka
The trail begins at the Moosfluh, which is reached by cable car at 2333 metres. Over the mountain ridge, the trail leads along the ancient moraine path through the Aletsch forest and on to Riederfurka. During the snowshoe hike, views into the Rhone valley, to the mountain scenery of the 4000-metre peaks and to the Aletsch glacier are possible.
Snowshoe trail Moosfluh valley station to mountain station
With 447 metres of ascent, this snowshoe hike is a moderately difficult trip. The 5.6 km long route is walked in about 1 1/4 hours. The tour can also be done in reverse.
Cross-country skiing in the Aletsch Arena
The cross-country ski trails in the Aletsch Arena are mostly simple and easy.
Cross-country ski trail Bux Riederalp Skating
From the top station of the Riederalp Mitte cable car, you can reach the cross-country ski trail by passing a detached chalet opposite the top station. Alternatively, a small road to the right of the Hotel Riederhof leads to the top. This trail is a little more than a kilometre long and is intended for skating laps. There is also a possibility for classic skiing at this point.
Cross-country ski trail Fiesch Fieschertal
Cross-country ski trail at Bettmersee, Bettmeralp
The two-kilometre-long trail can be used for skating and classic style. From the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, the trail first leads through the village. The winter hiking trail leads eastwards up to Bettmersee. The cross-country ski trail begins at Bettmersee and initially leads along the frozen and snow-covered Bettmersee.
Mountain huts within the Aletsch Arena
After hours of hiking through lonely mountain worlds, you’ll want to stop off at a mountain hut. There is a direct booking site for overnight stays in the Aletsch Arena area. A selection of off-the-beaten-track huts is listed here.
Horli-Hitta mountain hut
- in winter:
- in summer:
Mid-December to mid-April
mid-June to the end of October
Mountain hut Gletscherstube on the Märjelenalp
Burghütte mountain hut
Chüestall mountain restaurant
- in summer
- in winter
: Monday to Sunday 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs
: Monday to Sunday 09.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs
S’Bootshüsi & Castello on Lake Bettmer
Bettmerhorn Panorama Restaurant
Direct links to important pages, tips, webcams
In the Aletsch Arena there are reductions on the ski pass: from the 3rd child it is free.
- Ski pass and discovery pass
- Timetable and operating times of
- direct booking page
- Booking page
for the Aletsch Arena
the Aletsch cableways
for overnight stays in the Aletsch Arena area
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