3-day “Balcony hike” on the Aletsch Glacier ice ridge

Join this 3-day hiking tour and discover the spectacular Aletsch Glacier and the natural beauty of this area, in the canton of Valais, along UIMLA Mountian Leader Pascale.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

10 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Sep

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Enjoy a hiking experience on a superb balcony path over the glacier

  • Cross the impressive Massa suspension bridge, with great views

  • Go hiking along an experienced and certified local guide

 

I invite you to discover the spectacular Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, with a 3-day superb balcony hike on the ice ridge. Located in the canton of Valais, the Aletsch Glacier is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. 

This unique hiking tour takes us through an amazing path, with the impressive crossing of the Massa river over a suspension bridge and the tongue of ice of the Aletsch Glacier, and the ancient bisses of the gorges.

Every day, we will be walking about 5 to 6 hours. We will hike on the beautiful Belalp mountain pastures, spending the night in unusual places in the mountains, discovering the magic of this stunning glacier in the canton of Valais. We may also enjoy the surprise visit of the bearded vulture along the way!

We will meet in Ried Mörel on the first day, where we will take the cable car and begin our hiking tour, traversing small villages and enjoying beautiful landscapes, until we reach Belalp. On the second day, we will cross the Massa suspension bridge, with some exciting views of the Massa gorge below. Then we will hike to the Riederfurka hotel, where we will spend the night.

Finally, on the third day, we will walk over the glacier, taking in the beauty of the mountain lakes and the stunning views over the glacier. We will climb to the Eggishorn (2927m) and descend by a cable car. We will return to Mörel by train. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

Just send me a request if you want to join me on this great 3-day hike. You can check the date below and book your trip. There are also new departure dates on request. You can also  check my profile page for more hiking options in Switzerland.

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Price per person

 
Group of 5
550 CHF

Group of 6
550 CHF

Group of 7
550 CHF

Group of 8
550 CHF

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
 The price is 550 CHF per person, for groups from 5 to 10 people. The price includes: - Organization of your stay - Professional supervision - 1 night in room with breakfast - 1 night in a room with half board This price does not include: - Transportation - First night meal - Picnics - Drinks - Personal insurance. You must have repatriation insurance in case of accident.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Ried Mörel - Belalp

    10:00 am – Meeting at the café of the Mörel cable car. Aerial ascent.
    The bisse of the gorges.
    We hike through typical small villages, reaching Belalp, where we spend the night.
    Height difference: + 1150 m – 250 m /
    Walking time: 5h30

  • Day 2Belalp – Massa Bridge – Riederfurka

    Today we hike on a  century-old trail, from Belalp. We cross the Massa suspension bridge, enjoying amazing views over the river and a magnificent forest.
    Height difference: + 1000 m – 1000 m /
    Walking time: 5h30

  • Day 3Riederfurka – Eggishorn

    We walk over the spectacular Aletsch Glacier, discovering the ice blades and the beauty of mountain lakes, enjoying a last climb and descending by the Eggishorn (2927m) cable car. Return to Mörel by train.
    Height difference: + 1200 m – 500 m /
    Walking time: 5h30

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Occasional

Meeting point

We will meet at the café of the Mörel cable car

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Equipment:

- Backpack 35-40 litres

- Good walking shoes

- Pants and rain jacket

- Clothes for hiking

- Evening clothes

- Small lightweight shoes for the evening

- Hat and gloves

- Sunglasses, cap

- Toilet bag

- Personal medications

- One litre bottle

Be aware your bag should not weigh more than 8 kilos

 

About the Guide

 
 

I'm a UIMLA mountain leader, a rescuer and a journalist. Since 18 years, the mountain is my office and my full-time job. My passion is about to transmit the small and big secrets of nature but also to allow everyone to find his right balance in an environment which might appear as hostile but which is actually a large reservoir of unsuspected individual energy. Here in the mountain, the masks fall down and that's the good point of it !

 
 

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