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Aletsch Glacier UNESCO Ridge Trail (Bettmerhorn)

Bettmerhorn - Elselicka - Eggishorn

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Bettmerhorn - Elselicka - Eggishorn

Published/updated on 03.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk | 21771 points
 | Date of Tour: 18.08.2014 | Favourite Entries (5) 
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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... read more >>

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....

Published/updated on 03.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk (21771 points) | Date of Tour: 18.08.2014

Route Infos

Time Required
3 hours 45 minutes
4 km
463 m
570 m
Max. Altitude
2916 m
Min. Altitude
2649 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.

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