What type of glacier is Aletsch?

What type of glacier is Aletsch?

Valley glacier
The Aletsch Glacier (German: Aletschgletscher) or Great Aletsch Glacier (Grosser Aletschgletscher) is the largest glacier in the Alps….

Aletsch Glacier
Type Valley glacier
Location Valais, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°26′32″N 8°4′38″ECoordinates: 46°26′32″N 8°4′38″E
Area 81.7 km2 (31.5 square miles) (2011)

How deep is the Aletsch glacier?

This huge river of ice that stretches over 20 km from its formation in the Jungfrau region (at 4000 m) down to the Massa Gorge, around 2500 m below, fascinates and inspires every visitor.

How do I get to Aletsch Glacier?

Overview. This glacier hike is located in Fiescheralp, a mountain area in southern Switzerland. You can drive or take a train to Fiesch, then a gondola to Fiescheralp where the hike to the glacier starts. You can meet your guide at the gondola station.

How do you get to eggishorn?

The Eggishorn can be reached by cable car from Fiesch. Fiesch can be reached by train or by car.

Is the Aletsch Glacier melting?

It contains over a fifth of the total ice volume in the Swiss Alps and is by far the largest glacier in the European Alps. Yet it has already retreated by over 3 kilometres since 1870 and is expected to lose at least half of its volume by 2100 according to the most optimistic projections.

How does the Aletsch Glacier start travel and end?

The Aletsch Glacier is located in the eastern Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. It begins at Concordia Place – a large, flat area of snow and ice to the south of the Jungfrau, where four smaller glaciers converge – and flows south-east, south and south-west in a curving, banana-like shape for 23km.

How fast is the Aletsch glacier moving?

From its source in the Jungfrau mountain region at over 4,000 metres, the glacier flows down the valley at speeds of up to 200m a year.

Can you walk on Aletsch Glacier?

For your guided tour on the Great Aletsch Glacier, we recommend: Waterproof hiking or mountain boots with treaded rubber soles.

Can you drive to riederalp?

You can get to the car-free resorts of Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp by cable car and/or gondola lift. How close can I drive my car if my accommodation is on the car-free plateau? You can take your car as far as Mörel-Filet, Betten valley station and Fiesch. There’s plenty of parking there.

Is Eggishorn or Bettmerhorn worth visiting?

The Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn have some similarities, so you may wonder which one to visit. Both mountains are located south of the Aletsch Glacier and offer magnificent views of the glacier and a 360° view of the Alps. If you’re staying in the region, it’s absolutely worth visiting them both.

What is the altitude of the Bettmerhorn?

The actual summit of the Bettmerhorn is located 500 m up north at an altitude of 2858 m. The Bettmerhorn is located on the edge of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage property “Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn”: an extraordinary high-alpine region which also includes the Eggishorn and the famous Jungfraujoch.

Where to see the Grosser Aletsch Glacier in the Alps?

The Bettmerhorn is one of the best locations to view the mighty Grosser Aletsch Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Alps. The location you reach by cable car is called ‘Bettmergrat’, a ridge at an altitude of 2647 m. The actual summit of the Bettmerhorn is located 500 m up north at an altitude of 2858 m.