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Aletsch Glacier 4-day guided hiking trip

Enjoy different hikes with an almost constant view of the spectacular Aletsch Glacier with this 4-day hiking tour. Markus, a certified GeoGuide, takes you on this great trip in the canton of Valais.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration4 days
Offer periodJun
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

I invite you to join me on a fantastic hiking tour: during 4 days we will be hiking with an almost constant view of the spectacular Aletsch Glacier, through the Aletsch forest, from hotel to hotel.

Located in the canton of Valais, the Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps. This amazing 4-day hike takes you to feel the power of nature away from civilization, with the breathtaking view of the glacier and stunning mountain panoramas. Here, in the unique UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch area and surroundings, we will enjoy the mountain summer.

On the first day, we will meet in Brig, in the canton of Valais. This day we will enjoy a hike  to Blatten and approach the glacier from below, through the Massa gorge along a bisse. We will see the glacier from the beautiful Belalp, where we will spend the first night.

In two further stages we will reach the well-secured suspension bridge and the Aletschwald, an old Arven larch forest located above the glacier. Later, we will reach a ridge overlooking the Aletsch Glacier on one side and many 4000-meter peaks on the other side, to the Bettmeralp.

Next day, in the early morning we will play a viewing game in the Aletsch Forest or in the adjacent area, learning more about the wildlife of the region. If we are lucky enough, we will also be able to observe wildlife close up. Afterwards we will have a well-deserved breakfast before heading off on another promising hike with a view of the Aletsch Glacier and many four-thousander. 

On the last day, we will be even closer to the Aletsch glacier and also look sideways into this impressive glacier -always at a safe distance – before we reach the Märjelensee Lake. We enjoy a last short climb to say goodbye to the glacier, and then finally descend to Fiescheralp. We will overcome the majority of the altitude difference in the ascent to the Bettmeralp with the gondola.

We will hike for about 3 to 5 hours every day, with a total height difference of 200-700 metres during our hikes. This is a hike of intermediate level. There are a few slightly exposed areas, including a suspension bridge, which are well secured.

If you want to join me on this unique hiking tour and enjoy the spectacular view of the Aletsch Glacier, send me a request. Check the date below and book your trip! You can also have a look at other great hiking tours I guide in Switzerland.

Details

Accommodation

Basic double room in a hotel. Single room is also possible (limited availability), with an extra cost.

More info

EQUIPMENT: Hiking or mountain boots with very good tread. If possible, hiking poles. (You can rent this material from me). Together with the detailed information upon reservation you will also receive a detailed packing list. Meals: During the day we take snacks on the backpack. Packed lunches for 2nd, 3rd and/or 4th day are possible. On the day of arrival, individual catering. During the day we will be at maximum 2700-meters a.s.l. At night, at approximately 2150m.

Meeting point

Brig at 10.11 am. From there we continue for approximately 20 min. with the PostBus (details will be communicated before the trip). Schedule is subject to change.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Brig-Belalp

We will meet in the the Brig region, in Valais. We will hike to Blatten VS and take the gondola on Belalp in the afternoon. We will approach the glacier from below, through the Massa gorge along a bisse. We will see the glacier from the beautiful Belalp, where we will spend the first night.

Day 2 to 3: Hiking Days - Aletsch Glacier views

During these days we will enjoy varied hikes with almost constant views of the Aletsch glacier from the Belalp to Bettmeralp.

We will reach the well-secured suspension bridge and the Aletschwald, an old Arven larch forest located above the glacier. Later, we will reach a ridge overlooking the Aletsch Glacier on one side and many 4000-meter peaks on the other side to the Bettmeralp.

Next day, in the early morning we will play a viewing game in the Aletsch Forest or in the adjacent area, learning more about the wildlife of the region. If we are lucky enough, we will also be able to observe wildlife from close up. Afterwards we will have a well-deserved breakfast before heading off on another promising hike with a view of the Aletsch Glacier and many four-thousander. 

Day 4: Bettmerhorn-Fiescheralp

A gondola ride takes us to Bettmerhorn. We will hike to Fiescheralp with an almost constant view of the Aletsch Glacier. We will reach the Märjelensee Lake and enjoy a last short climb to say goodbye to the glacier, and then finally descend to Fiescheralp. End of programme.


About the guide

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Markus Glättli, Hiking Leader with Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training, Ranger BZW and GeoGuide Sardona.

Let you whisk away in unique landscapes in Switzerland, the Cinque Terre, the Chamonix region or even Finnish Lapland. Learn stories, legends and interesting information and enjoy local delicious products of the region.

Enjoy full service for individual customers, small groups or companies. Take the time and enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of unspoilt nature. Experience nature.

I offer tours in English, German and French.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

CHF 743 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

The price includes 3 nights accommodation with half-board meals, tour organization and management by certified guide, rail journey Bettmerhorn (based on GA or Half-Fare travelcard). // Not included in the price: single room supplement (CHF 90, limited number of single rooms available), snacks, drinks, transport on site except program, equipment rental, insurance.


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