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Aletsch Glacier

Aletsch Glacier Introduction

The Aletsch Glacier is sometimes called the Great Aletsch Glacier. It is the biggest glacier in the Alps, and for that reason it deserves to be on your list of sites to see when you are visiting Switzerland. It stretches on for about 14 miles, and it covers nearly 46 square miles in the Valais Canton, in the eastern part of the Bernese Alps. The Aletsch Glacier is comprised of three littler glaciers that converge at Concordia, where it has a thickness that is estimated to be about 3,300 feet. The glacier then continues on to the Rhone valley before it creates the Massa River. 

The entire area, including some of the other glaciers, is in the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area. It was designated as a World Heritage Site at the turn of the millennium.

Geography 

This glacier is one of several glaciers that is situated between the Valais and Berne cantons on the Bernese Alps, and it is positioned to the east of the Pass of Gemmi. The entire area is thought to be the biggest glaciated area in the western part of Eurasia. The Aar and Fiescer glaciers that lie to the east have extensions that are somewhat similar in nature. 

Outside of the Finsteraarhorn, all of the tallest summits of the Bernese Alps are situated inside of the drainage basis of the glacier. The Monch and Jungfau comprise the northern boundary; the Gross Wannenhorn and Gross Fiescherhorn are on the east side; the culiminating point, the Aletschhorn is situated on the west side. 

Before they attain the maximum flow, there are three smaller glaciers that meet at Concordia.

Tourism 

The Aletsch Glacier area, as well as the surrounding valleys, is on the list of World Heritage Sites. It is a protected area, and the facilities are for the most part restricted to the areas outside of it. 

The railway station at Jungfraujoch offers direct access to the upper part of the Aletsch Glacier, as well as the basic route to the Jungfrau. You can only get to it from Interlak in the Berne canton. Glacier tours can be done with the help of the HOllandia Hut or Konkordia Hut, and they eventually reach other glaciers too. 

Villa Cassel is located nearby. It is a summer residence that was used extensively in the past by several influential and famous guests from the worlds of finance and politics.

Aletsch Glacier Photo Gallery

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