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  • Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
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  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Winterwanderung von der Bettmeralp via Bettmersee, Gopplerlücke zur Riederalp
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG, Aletsch Arena AG
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Relaxed winter hiking with a view: no major climbs and yet fantastic views of the entire sunny plateau and the Valais mountains, including the Matterhorn.
closed
easy
Distance 5.3 km
2:00 h
181 m
194 m
From the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, walk through Bettmeralp village as far as the valley station of the Bettmerhorn cable car. From there, follow the path which leads gently uphill to Lake Bettmersee. There you head west along the level path past the cross-country ski trail and the Blausee Schönbodu piste. The winter hiking trail now rises gently towards the middle station of the Blausee chairlift. At the reservoir, use the underpass to cross the piste. The following level section, as far as the mountain station of the Golmen lift, is shared with tobogganers. From the Golmen Lift mountain station, the trail takes you back downhill: at first parallel to the ski piste as far as the Gopplerlücke Alpine stables, then on to the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh valley station. From there, follow the trail west to Riederalp Mitte.

Author’s recommendation

The Matterhorn is considered one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. On this route, you never lose sight of this impressive “four-thousander”.
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: April 20, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Golmenegg, 2,069 m
Lowest point
Talstation Moosfluh, 1,881 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Winter sports report

 

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 

  • 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.

  •  Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.

  •  Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.

  •  Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.

  •  Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.

  •  Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

  •  Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Note(s) 
The altitude and the route mean that good footwear is absolutely essential for this winter hike. 

Tips and hints

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

Start

Bettmeralp, top station of aerial cable car (1,923 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'647'618E 1'137'409N
DD
46.386358, 8.057656
DMS
46°23'10.9"N 8°03'27.6"E
UTM
32T 427541 5137407
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Destination

Riederalp Mitte

Turn-by-turn directions

Bettmeralp – Bettmersee – Gopplerlücke - Riederalp Mitte

From the mountain station of the Bettmeralp cable car, walk through Bettmeralp village as far as the valley station of the Bettmerhorn cable car. From there, follow the path which leads gently uphill to Lake Bettmersee. There you head west along the level path past the cross-country ski trail and the Blausee Schönbodu piste. The winter hiking trail now rises gently towards the middle station of the Blausee chairlift. At the reservoir, use the underpass to cross the piste. The following level section, as far as the mountain station of the Golmen lift, is shared with tobogganers. From the Golmen Lift mountain station, the trail takes you back downhill: at first parallel to the ski piste as far as the Gopplerlücke Alpine stables, then on to the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh valley station. From there, follow the trail west to Riederalp Mitte.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Betten valley station. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Betten Valley Station exit. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Parking

Large pay car park near the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'647'618E 1'137'409N
DD
46.386358, 8.057656
DMS
46°23'10.9"N 8°03'27.6"E
UTM
32T 427541 5137407
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Equipment

We recommend: 

  •  good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hikingpoles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

5.0
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Mathilde Jdn
December 28, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? December 28, 2019

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
181 m
Descent
194 m
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1600 m 1800 m
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