Aletsch Glacier Hike Adventure I
For me this was THE hike to do in this area - the one we had seen on the cover of our hiking map. We had waiting until our last day in Fiesch to have perfect weather for this hike and to make it even more memorable it was Swiss National Day. Its a longish hike - 5.5 hours they say but some of the timings along our route marker were definitely out - so allowing for photo stops, lunch stops and then even more photo stops its a good days hike - we started walking at 9.15am and eventually got back to our base at 7.00pm (including journey back from Bettmeralp to Betten and train to Fiesch). Full route of this hike, which circuits the Eggishorn is Fiescheralp - Gletscherstube - Märjelensee - Biel - Moosfluh - Blausee - Bettmersee - Bettmeralp. It undulates (??!!)between 2200 and 2400m, then down to 1950m.
The day began by walking 5 mins from our hotel to the gondola station where we glided up to Fiescheralp and took an easy path towards the Fiescher Gletscher. A bit of a ziz zag climb up towards a cross with a wonderful view of this glacier - the more impressive one was to follow. We rounded the shoulder of the Eggishorn past a small lake to reach the restaurant Gletscherstube . Time to here from Fiescheralp was stated as 2hr 40 on the way markers and with our stops and being slower on the uphill section its was just after 12.30 - perfect time for Rosti :-)) Its a popular place so we had to wait a while for our meal - perhaps that's what put our timings out. (continues on next tip)
Equipment: Good shoes and a map.
Aletsch Glacier Hike Adventure II
Revitalised with our hearty lunch of Rosti we continued on our way. From the Gletscherstube it said 2 hours to Moosfluh were we hoped to catch a gondola down rather than a tiring descent to Bettmeralp. We soon reached another lake(pic 1), beyond which were tantalising glimpses of the Aletsch Glacier and beautiful cotton fluffy flowers - grass cotton or bog cotton as it is known - so detour for more photo stops! Then a short distance further and the glacier was reached - more photos! There was a path that went right down to the glacier - 15 mins the waymarker said but I reckoned on about 40 mins to climb back up so we contented ourselves with some zoom shots from a vantage point - even they were amazing so to be right close up must have been staggering. (pic 2)
Reluctantly we head back to the path and soon had to climb some rock steps up to Roti Chumma - from here it was a fairly broad ridge path (pic 3) towards Riederalp, Biel and Moosfluh (with some zig zags up) where the path descends to the Blausee and Bettmeralp. We were gradually traversing above the glacier and now had Southward-looking vistas of the Monte Rosa range and the Matterhorn ever before us (pic 4) - splendid views which ever way you looked.
We'd hoped to get the gondola from Moosfluh but last descent was 4.30pm - it was about 5pm by the time we reached Biel so we cut the hike short and descended from Biel to Bettmeralp via the Bttmersee (pic 5). The circuit was finished by walking to the Bettmeralp gondola and riding down to the valley staion and then bus back to Fiesch. A long days hike but certainly one of my most memorable ones in Switzerland and so photogenic.
- Hiking and Walking
A pleasant easy hike is to wander from the three alpine villages of Fischeralp, Bettmeralp and Riederalp on an easy path some 7.5 km long. stunning views all the way and only takes about 2 hours. There are several gondolas and chairlifts that can be take along the route to enjoy even more majestic panoramas - notably the glacier views already mentioned. The Eggishorn gondola from Fiescheralp, the Bettmerhorn gondola from Bettmeralp and from Riederalp gondolas and chairlifts glide up to Hohflu and Moosfluh each with their own vantage point.
The path is tarmac and suitable for push chairs - alternative paths can also be taken across the meadows if wished.
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