The Aletsch Glacier
Holidays in the heart of the UNESCO- World Heritage Site
At roughly 23 km, the Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in the Alps and dominates the landscape of the Aletsch region. A diverse flora and fauna has settled around the ice stream. Numerous pioneer species, from the Saxifraga to the Linaria alpina, prepare the seemingly inhospitable moraine surfaces for future forest growth.
At the Konkordiaplatz, the ice stream still has a depth of 900 m. The journey of a single snowflake, that falls on the accumulation zone at the Jungfrau- or Aletschfirn, takes around 400 years, until it drips off the tongue at the end of the glacier (glacier mouth). A complex, well marked net of hiking trails spanning hundreds of kilometres, or guided glacier tours with experienced mountain guides provide deep insight into this pristine landscape.
In the Aletsch forest, which lies only several hundred metres higher, visitors can see the oldest trees in Switzerland. The Aletsch forest is under protection since 1933. Especially the impressive Swiss pine, which is the most important tree species in the forest, grows very slowly, but can live to an age of up to 800 years, or more.
You can book a glacier crossing with the Belalp Alpine Centre at +41 (0)27 921 60 45.
For more information, please visit the Belalp Alpine Centre website.