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Massa Gorge

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch Region
  • Lake Märjelen
  • Fiesch Glacier
  • Aspi-Titter suspension bridge and Massa Gorge
  • The idyllic mountain village of Bellwald
Nick Robb

«The best way to discover the treasures of Valais is on foot along one of the countless hiking trails.»

Nick - Our Switzerland expert

Day 1

Travel by public transport from your starting point in Switzerland to Brig. Overnight stay in Brig.

 

brig_stockalpercastle

Day 2

Brig - Belalp

In the morning you are going to visit the World Nature Forum, the visitor centre for the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Naters. Afterwards, the first hike of the trip to Blatten is on the programme. Finally, the cable car takes you up to Belalp. Overnight stay in Belalp.

Details: approx. 7 kilometres, ↑ 675 m ↓ 20 m, duration: 2.5 h 

blatten_village

Day 3

Belalp - Riederalp

A wide footpath leads from the resort of Belalp to the Aletschbord. Once there, the panorama tempts you to take a first break: the view sweeps to the Great Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps, to the Matterhorn and other three- and four-thousand-metre peaks in the Valais. The next destination is the 124-metre suspension bridge over the Massa Gorge. After the subsequent ascent, past the Grünsee lake and young birch trees, you find yourself in the Aletsch forest. Swiss stone pines and larches dominate the picture here. About one and a half hours later you have climbed Riederfurka. Overnight stay in Riederalp.

Details: approx. 10 kilometres, ↑ 695 m ↓ 850 m, duration: 4 h 
 

schafabtrieb in Belalp im Sommer

Day 4

Riederalp - Fiescheralp

Unique vantage points follow one another like fireworks: To the north, a magnificent view of the Aletsch Glacier, the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to the south, the four-thousand-metre peaks of the Valais. Gentle descent to Lake Märjelen. Woolly grasses and small lakes form contrasts to the rock and ice. The last part of this stage leads through the Tälligrattunnel to Fiescheralp. Overnight stay in Fiescheralp.

Details: approx. 12 kilometres, ↑ 775 m ↓ 355 m, duration: 4 h 

aletschglacier_maerjelensee

Day 5

Fiescheralp - Bellwald

The route first leads back to Lake Märjelen. It then descends on old alpine paths to the castle, a gneiss rock massif carved by glaciers. The Goms mountains tower in the background. The Fieschergletscher glacier gradually reveals itself. The 160-metre-long Aspi-Titter suspension bridge points the way to the idyllic Goms mountain village of Bellwald.

Details: approx. 10 kilometres, ↑ 435 m ↓ 1,150 m, duration: 4 h

Aussicht von der Riederalp auf die umliegenden Berge im Sommer

Day 6

Departure

Return journey by public transport from Bellwald to your final destination in Switzerland or extension of your stay (on request).

aussicht über den Märjelensee östlich vom Aletschgletscher Senke Eggis- und Strahlhorn
aletsch_panoramaweg

Tour characteristics

A hike in the alpine region. You should bring surefootedness and good basic fitness. You should be free from vertigo for the suspension bridge over the Massa Gorge.

The Aletsch Panorama Trail at SwitzerlandMobility

Inclusions

  • 5 nights incl. breakfast in mid-range and mountain hotels
  • Rail journey from your starting point in Switzerland and back
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Admission to the World Nature Forum in Naters
  • Cable car ride Blatten - Belalp
  • Well-prepared route guide
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) including SchweizMobil Plus subscription
  • Service hotline
  • From price applies per person in a double room in low season, 2nd class rail travel
  • Booking period: all year round
  • Travel period: Low season from 09.09. - 24.09.2023, high season from 01.07. - 08.09.2023

Good to know

  • Additional overnight stays in Brig and Bellwald can be booked on request.
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price
  • Cable car ride Bellwald - Fürgangen not included in the tour price
  • Bookings can be accepted up to 5 working days before arrival (express fee 44.00 GBP for 5 working days before arrival)
  • Organisation of the tour: local cooperation partner

Travel Documents

  • We provide you with all documents for your trip digitally
  • Luggage tags are usually left for you at the arrival hotel
  • On the road, you can easily find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance