Age old flower bedecked chalets blackened from the years of alpine sunshine and the gnarled pines (some having stood for 900 years) of the Aletsch Forest, not to mention the red deer, chamois and nutcracker birds that live in the region, the Aletsch Arena is a photography and hiking paradise.
The biggest spectacle of this region is of course the Aletsch Glacier, a mass river of ice that stretches 23km from its formation in the Jungfrau region (at 4000m) down to the Massa Gorge, around 2500m below. As the longest glacier in the Alps, to mark its significance, the area has been given UNESCO status known as the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site. Great views can be had at Moosfluh, Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn viewpoints, or see the ice formations up-close on one of our guided glacier walks. A member of the STC team trekked across the glacier on a 2-day hike last October for charity. Read about his amazing experience.
For more information on the Aletsch Glacier click here.
Stay above the clouds in one of the three sun-drenched villages of Fiescheralp, Bettmeralp and Riederalp. These can be reached by cable car from the Rhone valley.
Or check out our hiking holiday – Aletsch Glacier Panorama Trail