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When Sat 30. September 2023 06:30 - 21:00 
Meeting place Zurich HB
Address: Zurich HB
Hiking Day at Aletsch Glacier 

Bettmerhorn to Bettmeralp Circular Hike: Explore the Enchanting Aletsch Arena

Event Details:

  • Date: 30.September 2023 Saturday
  • Starting Point: Bettmerhorn
  • Destination: Bettmeralp
  • Route: Circular Hike via Märjelensee
  • Difficulty Level: Medium
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: UP 185m DOWN 900m


Our journey begins at the iconic Bettmerhorn, a vantage point offering panoramic views of the magnificent Aletsch Glacier and surrounding peaks. As we set off on our circular route, we'll be immersed in the pristine alpine beauty of the region.

Märjelensee Beauty: Our trail leads us to the shimmering Märjelensee, a tranquil mountain lake that reflects the surrounding majesty. Pause here to absorb the serene ambiance and capture stunning photographs of this natural gem.

Enchanting Bettmeralp: The trail continues to Bettmeralp, a charming alpine village that captures the essence of Swiss mountain living. As we explore the village, we'll experience its unique charm and perhaps savor some local treats.

Why You Should Join:

  • Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Aletsch Arena, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experience the magic of Märjelensee, a pristine alpine lake that mirrors the grandeur of the mountains.
  • Connect with fellow nature enthusiasts and create lasting memories amidst the beauty of the Swiss Alps.
  • Enjoy a moderate hike that offers a perfect balance of natural beauty and physical activity.

What to Bring:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing in layers
  • Rain gear (the alpine weather is unpredictable)
  • Food for lunch (There won't really be time to buy anything before the hike starts)
  • Water (we recommend at least 2l)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
  • Camera to capture the breathtaking scenery

Important Notes:

  • This hike is of moderate difficulty, suitable for participants with a moderate level of fitness and hiking experience.
  • There will be a hut on the way where you can buy warm drinks and food. We recommend to bring you own lunch though

Itinerary (subject to changes):

     6:30   Meet at Zürich HB in the big hall at the entrace of platform 14

     6:44   Take the train to Brig from platform 14 (usually we have to walk to the very end of the train)

     10:30  Arrive in Bettmerhorn, start the hike

     13:00  Lunch break

     17:30  Finish hike at Bettmeralb, take the train back to Zürich HB

     21:30 Arrive in Zürich HB

The itinerary is not fixed. If the weather conditions change to the worse we might pick a different hike at lower altitude. We could also add a stop in Bern on the way back if everyone agrees.

Join Us for this Spectacular Journey: Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the Aletsch Arena's natural wonders, from glittering lakes to picturesque alpine villages. Lace up your hiking boots and join us for a day of adventure, camaraderie, and the beauty of nature.

Due to the large group size, we will split in two seperate groups for the hike. If you get assigned to one group, but your friend is in another group, you can try and find people to swap groups with.

Please send any questions or requests to

Lars Hauptmann,


Disclaimer: we have a BLACKLIST. Please make sure to deregister 72h in advance if you can't make it to the event (in case of emergencies you can contact Lars). Otherwise you will be barred from events for the next two weeks, and removed from any events you were registered for during that period. Thank you!

Max. Participants36 -> Registration is necessary.
Entrance / Fee
without ESN card: CHF 22.00
with ESN card: CHF 18.00
Entrance / Fee Comment

Please indicate whether you have a GA (Generalabonnement), then you can deduct 14CHF from the price.

There is no Halbtax/Half fare discount. There is no GA night/Seven25 discount

There is only limited capacity for students that are older than 24 years. Depending on your position in the registration list you might have to pay extra ( ~ +35 CHF). We will notify you in that case.

Coordinator(s) Yelan Tao - Lars Hauptmann - Dana Grund 
Registration Mon 4. September 2023 - Wed 27. September 2023
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