Disclaimer

Hiking on routes in alpine terrain requires good physical health, meticulous preparation and technical skills in mountain sports. The routes presented here are undertaken at one’s own risk. If you want to safely practice mountain sports, taking training courses run by experts is highly recommended by the SAC. All the contents of the SAC touring platform are put together with utmost diligence. However, the Swiss Alpine Club and the authors cannot guarantee that the information provided here is up-do-date, correct and complete. Therefore, the SAC and the authors cannot be held liable for possible errors.

From Station Bettmerhorn (Normal route) Mittelaletschbiwak SAC 3013 m

  • Difficulty
    PD
  • Ascent
    5–6 h, 970 m
  • Descent
    630 m

Fastest and most convenient access route. This hut approach itself is regarded as an alpine tour, as it leads mostly without tracks, first across the Great Aletsch Glacier and then over the Mittelaletsch Glacier. In case you were wondering, glacier equipment is required.

Route description

Station Bettmerhorn - P. 2304

From the cable car station on the Bettmerhorn, head down the well-marked trail in the direction of Märjela to Roti Chumma (P. 2369). Now follow the lower trail in a southwesterly direction back to P. 2304.

P. 2304 - Mittelaletschbiwak

From P. 2304 descend SW over reddish glacial slabs (near Wysses Löub on the map) to reach the glacier. Cross the glacier more or less directly to its north western edge. Now curve away from the main glacier into the Mittelaletsch valley and follow the stream uphill. Continue on grass and scree on the northern (DIFFERENT TO THE MAP!!!) side of the stream, towards the Mittelaletsch glacier. The Mittelaletsch Glacier starts at about 2500 m, after climbing up and right of a steep rock step. Follow its central moraine until almost level with the hut. Now cross northeastwards on the flatter section straight towards it, and finally climb up slabs and scree for your hot cup of tea (if you brought one).

Additional information

Departure point

Bettmerhorn, Bergstation (2647 m)

www.aletscharena.ch/bergbahn/

Time

Kommt auf den Zustand des Gletschers an.

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