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    Aletsch Glacier UNESCO Ridge Trail (Bettmerhorn)

    Bettmerhorn - Elselicka - Eggishorn

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    Aletsch Glacier UNESCO Ridge Trail (Bettmerhorn)

    Bettmerhorn - Elselicka - Eggishorn

    Published on 03.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk

    For the sure-footed hiker who isn’t afraid of heights and loves a challenge, this is an unforgettable “Best-of-the-Best” hike!

    The 3-hour (alternatively 3.45 hours) tour starts at the summit station of the Bettmerhorn Cable car, just behind the Ice Museum. Before heading up the steep pile of rocks, it might be worth taking a 10-minute detour to the glacier viewing platform, although there are plenty of grandiose views of the Aletsch Glacier and all the Valais 4000m+ mountains from across the ridge. (Look for the Matterhorn!)

    The first 20-30 minutes of this blue-white-blue marked alpine trail are straight uphill to the large cross, and then another similar stretch to the highest point of the trail. From there it takes another hour or so across the craggy ridge. Care has to be taken climbing over the boulders, but there are plenty of opportunities to marvel at the 360° views.

    Cable handrails provide support on the steep descent to Elselicka, and the rest of the uphill walk to the Eggishorn Summit station is on a solid well-tended trail.

    If you haven’t had enough of rocks and boulders by now, you can hike an additional 20 minutes (each way) to the Eggishorn look-out for a direct view onto Concordia Place, the spot where the three feeder glaciers meet and where the ice is about 900 m thick.

    ** Interesting note on the Aletsch Glacier (at 23 km it is the largest glacier in the Alps): If you melted all the ice from this Glacier you would be able to supply a liter of water to everyone on the earth every day for 6 years....



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    Published on 03.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 18.08.2014

    Route Details 

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    Time Required
    3 hours 45 minutes
    4 km
    463 m
    570 m
    Season Start / Season End
    July - September
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Bettmerhorn viewing platform; Eggishorn lookout point (View of Concordia Place)
    Starting Point
    Bettmerhorn Summit Station across from the Ice Museum
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Eggishorn Cable Car Summit Station
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Bettmeralp, Bettmerhorn, Eggishorn
    Things to Note
    This is a Blue/White tour, for experienced hikers only and with proper hiking shoes. NO VERTIGO an absolute must. Be prepared to commit to 1.5 hours of climbing over boulders.

    Route Description 

    ** Note, before getting to the starting point at the Bettmerhorn Cable Car summit station, a 1-km walk between cable car stations in Bettmeralp is required.

    00:00 Start at the blue-white trail marker behind the Ice Museum at the Bettmerhorn Summit Station.

    00:30 Steady uphill climb to the cross on Bettmerhorn

    01:00 Summit of the Bettmerhorn

    02:00 Steep descent to the Elselicka (Handrails are in place to help with the descent)

    02:30 Elselücke. Here the trail goes uphill again to the Eggishorn Summit Station on a good hiking trail (no more boulders).

    03:10 Eggishorn Summit Station. From here you can take the cable car to Fiescheralp, or you can continue on to the Eggishorn lookout point where you get a great view of Concordia Place.

    03:30 Eggishorn look-out point. From here you return to the Eggishorn Summit Station.

    03:50 Eggishorn Summit Station for return to Fiescheralp with the cable car.





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