Recognized as the largest glacier in the Swiss Alps, Altesch glacier stretches across nearly 50 square miles of protected mountain terrain. While visitors lament its far-flung proximity to any major Swiss city, most agree that the well-kept hiking trails, impressive views and natural beauty make it worth a trip. Active adventurers can explore the glacier on foot, while less intrepid travelers can venture to the top of Aletsch aboard one of the famous cable cars. Uninhibited 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape make for a most memorable journey regardless of how visitors voyage to the top.
Aletsch is located between Valais and Bern, just east of the Gemmi Pass. Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn, which offer some of the best panoramic views, are accessible by cable car. The Jungfraujoch railway station is the closes public transport route for travelers looking to visit the upper end of the glacier.