Aletsch / Arena (VS)




Location: Riederalp, in the Conches valley on the right bank of the Rhone from Mörel

Description: Easy hike in the environment of the Aletsch Glacier

Total length: about 10 km

Walking time: 3 to 4 hours

Positive difference in height: approx. 500 meters

Negative altitude difference: approx. 500 meters

National hiking map 1: 50,000: Jungfrau 264 T

Best period: June to October

Difficulty : T2 + / T3


At the exit of the West gondola, follow the direction “Riederfurka” by a rise of about 100 meters of unevenness. Once you reach Riederfurka, follow the direction Lengmoosweg. After a descent in a fairly dense forest, the path branches off and follows a hilly course in a beautiful larch forest with some views of the Aletsch glacier. After about an hour’s walk, you reach the place that was closed to hiking because of the danger of landslides due to climate change and the retreat of the Aletsch glacier. From here, the path takes you in the direction of “Hohfluh, Riederfurka”, after a climb of 200 meters of altitude, go down towards Blausee, which is the perfect place to organize your picnic. After a well-deserved break, continue towards Rierderfurka along the path that runs along the edge of the “Härdernagrat” and admire the 360-degree landscape. To reach the edge of the “Hädernagrat”, from the “Blausee”, take the direction West and go down a small valley for a few hundred meters and go back to the ridge. Following this ridge you join your starting point.

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