Iconic hiking trails on the southern side of the alps

This itinerary combines two of the most popular hikes in Switzerland. The hikes along the railway embankement of the Lötschberg train line offers amazing views on the viaducts and leads past small streams and over suspension bridges towards the Great Aletsch Glacier.

An alpine landscape of rock and ice awaits you here and enchants you with superb views on the glacier and its surrounding peaks. The hike ends with a walk towards the typical mountain village Bellwald, where you can again enjoy views on the snowy peaks of Valais.

Itinerary

Panoramic hike on high-level BLS railway Südrampe (south ramp). Popular classic hike beside the Lötschberg Railway tracks to imposing Bietschtal bridge. Lovely path beside historic water channels (suonen) to hanging bridge; superb views at Brägji and Riedgarten.

4 h
approx. 12 km
800 m
420 m

Suonen (irrigation channels) and the BLS railway line accompany this stage. Impressive view of the Baltschieder viaduct. Pipes for irrigating the dry south-facing slopes line the route.

Information columns on the BLS Südrampe section and Swiss Guards Museum provide fascinating informat ion. From Naters either by foot or with the public bus to Blatten and with the cable car up to Belalp.

5–7 h
approx. 15–21 km
560–1‘265 m
870–945 m

Best views of glacier snout and lower part of Aletsch Glacier from Aletschbor. Over a hanging bridge to Aletschwald (forest) with 100-year-old Swiss stone pines. Villa Cassel looms like an eagle's nest on the Riederfurka ridge, surrounded by the magnificent Valais mountains.

4 h
approx. 10 km
695 m
850 m

A string of vantage points provides a natural spectacle: to the north, the view of the Aletsch Glacier in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the south the 4000-metre peaks of Valais. On the gentle descent to the Märjelensee lake, cotton grasses and small tarns contrast with the rock and ice.

4 h
approx. 12 km
775 m
355 m

The trail follows old Alpine paths down to the Burg, a rock massif of gneiss smoothed by glaciers. Against the backdrop of the Goms mountains, the Fiescher Glacier becomes clearly visible. The 160-metre-long Aspi-Titter suspension bridge points the way to the idyllic Goms mountain village of Bellwald.

4 h
approx. 10 km
435 m
1'250 m

Characteristic

This hike leads through alpine territory. You need a good physical condition and surefootedness. You must not suffer from Vertigo to be able to walk over the suspension bridge in the Massa valley.

The Aletsch Panoramaweg at SwitzerlandMobility

Services & Information

Included

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (one piece of luggage per person, 20 kg)
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailled route instructions
  • Service Hotline

Not included

  • Cable car rides and public transport

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Parking at the railway station in Gampel. CHF 4.- per day
  • Return travel by cable car down to Fürgangen and by train via Visp back to Gampel-Steg. Length: approx. 2 hours

Travel documents "analogous"

By default, your  travel package includes a set of travel documents, which we will transmit  you in advance. The following documents will inform you about your tour:

  • Travel program with all organizational details.
  • Official guidebook « Cycling Switzerland»
  • maps for your biking and/or hiking routes
  • Detailed maps about your  stage locations
  • Detailed programme day-by-day

Travel documents "digital"

If you select the option "digital travel documents" when booking, we will provide you with all documents for your trip in a digital form.

You will receive a small set of documents with the following content:

  • Manuals for the use of necessary apps
  • luggage tags
  • eventual  vouchers

En route  you will inform  yourself easily with the app of SwitzerlandMobility and other free  apps. Background information and all other documents are electronically assigned and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Since this option saves resources and costs, a discount of CHF 20 per person is offered.

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