Jan Posthumus

Photography

Bettmeralp village and hiking in the Aletsch 

It was a cloudy morning when we left the Bettmeralp village by cable car to Bettmergrat (2600m), from where we hiked back. The route mainly ran parallel to the Aletsch Glacier and with the mountains on our right.

 

The Aletsch Glacier is the largest in the Alps with a length of about 23 km, and the whole area around the glacier and some surrounding valleys are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

 

The route is rocky, rugged and beautiful. While on the track, you can hear the roaring sound of the meltwater rushing down from the glaciers across the valley. 

 

I am awestruck every time that I am in this area.

Bettmeralp is a beautiful little village from where many cable-cars go up to the mountains. It is a great place to use as base to explore the surrounding areas.

 

The beautiful Chapel Maria zum Schnee (Mary of the Snow) is the landmark of Bettmeralp and was completed in the year 1697. It's also known that prior to the chapel you see today, a chapel dedicated to Saint James once stood in the very same place.

Source: maps.aletcharena.ch