Monday, 5 July 2010

#105 - Riederalp to Fiescheralp

First walk of the week; a chance to orientate everyone, and show them the wonders of the Great Aletsch Glacier.

Straight out of the gondola, the route climbs out of Riederalp and up to the Riederfurka hut, with the Amityville style Villa Cassel to the left. It was here, before we descended to the Aletschwald, that we got a good view of Sparrhorn (3021m) that Richard, Jim and Jack were keen to climb later in the week.

The Aletschwald Forest gives you a respite from the heat, with tantalising glimpses of the glacier along the path.

Once out of the trees, the path ascends to the highest point of the walk at 2235m. Here you can see both sides of the ridge, although the clouds obscured the big peaks off in the distance to the South West, such as the Matterhorn.

Steadily downhill now, passing an idyllic glacial lake called Blausee, before winding down to the much larger Bettmersee.

Lunch in Bettmeralp, and then an hour further along a broad path overlooking Fiesch, to the cable car at Fiescheralp. a good introduction to what Switzerland, and in particular, the Valais region has to offer when it comes to walking in the summer.
  • Date: 05/07/10
  • Region: Aletschwald, Switzerland
  • Status: Equal
  • Description: Reideralp – Reiderfurka – Aletschwald – Blausee – Bettmersee – Bettmeralp – Furri Hutte - Fiescheralp - Sunny – 12km, 5h
  • Type of Walk: International Personal Walking