Aletsch Arena – car-free plateau below the Aletsch Glacier

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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.

Bettmeralp at the Jungfraujoch by tc

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

Popular places in the Aletsch Arena are vantage points that offer a direct view of the Great Aletsch Glacier. The mighty ice, which gets a little smaller every year, fascinates every visitor. The tranquil Aletsch forest that stretches along the glacier is also a popular place to visit. Mountain lakes exert a special attraction. Their clear water and healthy fish population have something calming for the whole family. It’s a good place to rest, take a cool dip or go boating on the lake, especially in high summer. Excursion destinations in and around the Aletsch Arena include:
  • 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

Aletsch Glacier

Aletsch Arena Aletsch Glacier by pn

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.

Fieschergletscher

Aletsch Arena Fieschergletscher by ms

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

Aletsch Arena View Point Eggishorn by aa

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.

There is a photo spot at this vantage point. The Horli- Hitta provides refreshments. You can get to the View Point Eggishorn with the Aletsch cable cars from Fiesch via Fiescheralp, and from the mountain station there you continue with the cable car to the Eggishorn. From the second mountain station it is another 400 metres on foot.

Bettmerhorn 2647 m

Aletsch Arena view point Bettmerhorn by aa

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

Aletsch Arena View Point Moosfluh by aa

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

Aletsch Arena view point Hohfluh by aa

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

Aletsch Arena Bridge by oa

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.

Autumnal forest towards the Aletsch Glacier by ms

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:

  • Marmots
  • Chamois
  • Black grouse
  • Nutcracker
  • 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

Aletsch Arena Märjelenseen by st

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.

Aletsch Arena Pro Natura by pn

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).

Mörel-Greich-Riederalp

Aletsch Arena aerial cableway Mörel-Greich-Riederalp by sr

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

Mörel-Ried-Mörel 1

Aletsch Arena Mörel 1 by sr

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

Ried-Mörel-Riederalp 2

Aletsch Arena Riederalpbahn 2 by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Moosfluh-Combi Glacier Railway by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Hohfluhbahn by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Riederfurka by sr

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

Aletsch Arena aerial cableway Betten by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Betten by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Betten-Dorf by sr

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

Alpmatten (Bettmeralp)

Aletsch Arena Alpmatten by sr

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

Bettmeralp-Bettmerhorn

Aletsch Arena bettmerhornbahn by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Wurzenbord by sr

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

Bettmeralp-Schönbiel

Aletsch Arena Schönbielbahn by sr

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

Bettmeralp-Blausee

Aletsch Arena Blauseebahn by sr

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.

Fiesch-Kühboden

Aletsch Arena Fiescheralp by sr

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

Fiescheralp-Eggishorn

Aletsch Arena Eggoshornbahn by sr

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

Talegga

Aletsch Arena Talegga by sr

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

Heimatt-Kühboden

Aletsch Arena Heimatt by sr

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

Aletsch Arena Fleschbahn by sr

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
  • Golmenegg
  • Schweibe
  • Bettmeralp
  • Fiescheralp
  • Baby lift Blätz-Fieschertal

Information on how to get there and current operating times can be found up to date on the Aletschbahnen website.

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.

Aletsch Arena Eggishorn by oa

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.

Great Three Lakes Hike in the Aletsch Arena by aa

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.

Aletsch Arena: Hiking in the Aletsch Forest by bw

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 Climbing Garden by oa

Aletsch Arena – Adler climbing garden

Between Bettmeralp and Riederalp you will find the climbing garden behind the Restaurant Adler. The climbing garden has 18 routes.

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

Aletsch Arena Mountain Bike Tour Fiesch by oa

Mountain bike tours range from very short to very long. The longest tour is more than 120 kilometres long.

Bike-Kidstrack Bettmeralp

Only 400 metres long is the track where children can practice. At the Bike-Kidstrack they have the opportunity to improve their bike technique.

Fieschertal circuit

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.

Aletsch Area

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.

Freichirunde: from Fiesch to the Schinerewysse

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.

Stoneman Glaciara

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

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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

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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

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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

A popular jumping-off point for paragliding is in the Fiescheralp above Fiesch. However, there are also beautiful jumping-off points on Riederalp and Bettmeralp.

Tandem flight providers:

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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.

Paragliding Tandem Flight Basic

A tandem flight “Basic” lasts about 15 minutes and is a quiet flight over the Aletsch Arena. It is an ideal flight for beginners.

Paragliding Tandem Flight High Fly

On this tandem flight, the focus is on taking off and letting yourself drift with the thermals. It lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.

Paragliding Tandem Flight Eagle

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.

Paragliding Tandem Flight Barrier Free

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.

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Paragliding Tandem Flight Kids Flight Gletschi

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
  • Sledging
  • Snowshoeing
  • 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.

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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.

Aletsch Arena Sledging Bettmeralp Moosfluh by oaHereis a selection of the most popular sledging trails:

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

Snooc sledging

The two aforementioned toboggan runs are also popular for Snooc tobogganing.

Fiescheralp-Laxerwald-Lax

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

Aletsch Arena Snowtubing by aaForchildren there is a 200-metre-long snowtubing facility near the Bättmer Hitta. Use is free of charge and does not have to be registered.

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.

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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.

Riederalp

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.

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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

This trail is a good 2.4 km long. Cross-country skiing in classic and skating style is possible here. The trail is designed as a circular route.

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

Aletsch Arena – Horli Hütte by aaThe Horli-Hitta stands at 2,872 m above sea level on the Fiescheralp (Eggishorn). It is reached by the Fiescheralp aerial cableway. Regional specialities such as hut fondue and cheese slices are served and some are self-service. There are 35 seats inside and 150 seats on the outdoor terrace. Sun loungers can be hired. For small celebrations, the shepherd hosts offer romantic hut evenings. Guests are served cheese fondue or Valais raclette. The mountain hut can be reached on +41 (0)27 971 49 19. It isopen
  • in winter:
  • Mid-December to mid-April

  • in summer:

mid-June to the end of October

Mountain hut Gletscherstube on the Märjelenalp

Aletsch Arena Gletscherstube by oaThe Gletscherstube mountain h ut stands at 2,367 m on the Märjelenalp near the front lake of the Märjelen lakes. The Gletscherstube is easily accessible from all directions on the well-marked hiking trails of the Aletsch Arena. Hüttenzauber evenings are offered in the hut. Three rooms with dormitories are available for overnight stays, one for 10 and two for 12 people each. Half board is possible. The Gletscherstube isopen from the beginning of July to mid-October.

Burghütte mountain hut

Aletsch Arena Burghütte by aaThe Burghütte, located at 1,744 m at the foot of the Fieschergletscher g lacier, is open between the beginning of June and mid-October. The Fieschergletscher is the eastern twin glacier of the Aletsch Glacier. The hut offers overnight accommodation for up to 32 people with full or half board.

Heidi’s hut

Aletsch Arena Heidi`s hut by oa Heidi ‘s hut is located in Kühboden on the Fiescheralp below the Heimatt chairlift, directly on the ski slope. Heidi’s hut can be reached by cable car from Fiesch to Fiescheralp and a short walk over the Heimatt. The hut has 30 seats inside and 60 seats on the terrace. Open daily from 9:30-17:00 hrs

Chüestall mountain restaurant

Aletsch Arena Chüstall Hütti by ch The Chüestall mountain restaurant is located between Riederalp and Bettmeralp, directly on the piste.

Open:

  • in summer
  • : Monday to Sunday 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs

  • in winter

: Monday to Sunday 09.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs

Bättmer-Hitta

Aletsch Arena Bättmer Hitta by ab Directly on the hiking trail from Fiescheralp to Bettmeralp stands the Bättmer Hitta at 2,172 metres above sea level (in maps it is still listed as the Furri Hut). The Herrenweg leads here from Bettmeralp in about 40 minutes, from Fiescheralp it is 30 minutes. From Riederalp it takes 95 minutes. From here you can reach the Bettmerhorn on foot or by train. The Eggishorn is reached via Fiescheralp. From the Eggishorn there is a breathtaking view of the Aletsch Glacier. From here you walk along the marmot trail to Bettmersee. There you can swim or fish (Thursday closed). Open daily 10-15 hrs, also in the winter season. In summer, the hut is open from mid-June to the end of October.

S’Bootshüsi & Castello on Lake Bettmer

Aletsch Arena Bootshüsli on Lake Bettmer by aa Directly on Lake Bettmer there is a boathouse with boat hire, fish passes and snacks. In the high season, grilled food is offered at weekends. The café at S’Bootshüsi is open in summer and in winter guests are served in the Castello pub. S’Bootshüsi & Castello also has a holiday home. Chalet Chrütli has a direct connection to the coach lifts.

Bettmerhorn Panorama Restaurant

Aletsch Arena Restaurant Bettmerhorn by sa The Bettmerhorn panorama restaurant stands at 2,647 metres above sea level. Built in 1983, it was renovated in autumn 2016. The attractive restaurant on the Bettmerhorn offers an excellent view of the Great Aletsch Glacier.

Bar Buvette

Aletsch Arena Bar Buvette by oa The Bar Buvette is located directly next to the mountain station of the Moosfluh glacier cable car and near the View Point. A former cable car cabin serves as a bar. Even from here you have a beautiful view of the Great Aletsch Glacier.

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.

for tickets, tickets for excursions, overnight stays etc. with the Aletsch cableways Webcams:

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