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From Belalp to Riederalp over the suspension bridge

Hikes • Aletsch Arena
  • Hotel Belalp, Aletschbord
    / Hotel Belalp, Aletschbord
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Belalp Bahnen AG
  • Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    / Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    Photo: Christian Perret, Aletsch Arena AG
  • Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    / Hängebrücke Belalp - Riederalp
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Belalp Bahnen AG
  • Arven, Aletschwald
    / Arven, Aletschwald
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Aletsch Arena AG
  • Villa Cassel, Riederfurka
    / Villa Cassel, Riederfurka
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Aletsch Arena AG
  • Aletschgletscher
    / Aletschgletscher
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Aletsch Arena AG
Map / From Belalp to Riederalp over the suspension bridge
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This panoramic tour leads us over a spectacular suspension bridge over the impressing Massa Gorge in front of the Great Aletsch Glacier.
open
moderate
11.4 km
4:25 h
604 m
782 m

The 124 m-long suspension bridge is one of the hiking highlights in the Aletsch Arena, spanning the Massa Gorge at a height of 80 m by the snout of the Great Aletsch Glacier. Crossing it is a formidable experience that will get your adrenaline flowing.

Author’s recommendation

You can book the Belalp – Riederalp (Aletsch Arena) suspension bridge round-trip ticket with a 10-percent-discount online.
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Aletsch Arena AG

Updated: 2018-07-11

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Altitude
2133 m
1560 m
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Rest Stop

Riederfurka Mountain Restaurant
Hotel Belalp
Pro Natura Center Aletsch

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Aletsch Arena AG accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.
  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

Equipment

We recommend: 
  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

Tips, hints and links

Belalp – Riederalp (Aletsch Arena) suspension bridge round-trip ticket (Postbus, cable car and train)
Offer valid: end of June until mid-October

A special round-trip ticket is available for the hike across the suspension bridge. The offer includes the Brig – Blatten bei Naters Postbus journey, a single ticket for the Blatten – Belalp gondola trip, the cable car trip in the Aletsch Arena* and the train journey between Fiesch and Brig (or the reverse journey). This special ticket is available from staff on the PostBus and at the Belalp and Aletsch Arena cable cars.
*choice of routes includes: Riederalp – Mörel, Bettmeralp – Betten Talstation or Fiescheralp – Fiesch

  

Contact us for further information:

Aletsch Arena AG
Furkastrasse 39
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch

 

Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Rischinustrasse 5
CH-3914 Blatten b. Naters
+41 27 921 60 40
tourismus@belalp.ch
www.belalp.ch

Start

Belalp, top station of aerial cable car (2094 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.371923 N 7.974707 E
UTM
32T 421142 5135882

Destination

Riederalp, top station of aerial cable car Mitte

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the Hotel Belalp, the trail leads down a steep track to the Aletschji mountain pastures and from there via the "Leng Acker" to the old glacier approach and the Belalp-Riederalp suspension bridge, the highlight of the hike. As you cross the bridge, enjoy the impressive view before taking on the ascent to Riederfurka through the protected Aletsch Forest with its ancient pines. From the Grünsee lake there are two beautiful ways to make your way up to the Silbersand: one leads through the shady "Teife Wald" forest, the other through the "Tal des Todes" (valley of death), which can be very hot in sunny weather. The hike continues from the Silbersand on a gentle upward slope through the Aletsch Forest to Riederfurka.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

From Brig train station until Blatten b. Naters with the bus line 624 (travel time: 15 -20 Min.)

Getting there

Von der Kantonsstrasse 19 bei Brig ausfahren und anschliessend ab Naters weiter auf der Blattenstrasse zur Talstation der Luftseilbahn Blatten-Belalp in Blatten b. Naters.

Parking

Direkt angrenzend an die Talstation der Luftseilbahn Blatten-Belalp in Blatten b. Naters steht ein grosser, gebührenpflichtigen Parkplatz zur Verfügung. 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.4 km
Duration
4:25 h
Ascent
604 m
Descent
782 m
Public transport friendly Tour route Nice views With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent

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