One essential Swiss autumn thing to do is to make the most of being outside before winter sets in. And what better way to enjoy the great outdoors than on a prime hiking route? Located in a magnificent part of the Alps, the Aletsch Arena resort has always been known for its spectacular setting, but now visitors can soak up its charms like never before, thanks to several new hiking experiences. The first of these is the Eggishorn trail, leading visitors to some truly splendid views without having to climb a mountain. It’s an accessible but beautiful route, with information boards along the way explaining everything about the Great Aletsch Glacier (the largest in the Alps).
Photo: Gisella Motta
Speaking of which, the best way to view the glacier is on a circular hike starting at the Bettmerhorn viewpoint, working its way over 15km round to Bettmeralp, taking in the Märjelensee and the Gletscherstube mountain hut – a great spot to refuel. Over roughly five-and-a-half hours you’ll approach the Great Aletsch Glacier and get to see the incredible landscapes it has helped to shape. If you want the freedom to explore your own route at your own pace, go for the Autumn Sun package. It gives hikers free access to the cableways and trains around parts of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn network, a range of cultural and sporting activities, as well as a meal to keep those energy levels up.
Before you dig out those walking boots, find out more about the new hiking experiences and other Aletsch Arena highlights at: www.aletscharena.ch/life/autumn.