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Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

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I am aware of many glaciers which are accessible by cable cars to some village.
However, I was wondering, are there some nice glaciers(big ones) where you can drive to a village, and then walk not more than 5kms to see the glacier?
We will be staying for 6 days in Valais, and then making day trips all over switzerland.

Each day we will drive to a different area, and then hike.
I guess we will need the blue parking disk, and some places have park and hike (7 CHF for a day, for eg Zermatt base)
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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

you might already know these, but, in case not;

rhonegletscher: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=17

you can do a nice alpine pass trip in the susten-grimsel-furka loop, and the glacier is by the road on furka. they charge you to walk inside it, though.

of course, you can hike to the steingletscher on susten, too: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=14


goscheneralp lake is a good hiking point in the region, too, a bit harder than usual, though: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=13


and aletschgletscher is not too far away either, but i think you need to take a cable car. i am guessing, you've already done this: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=12
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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

Please bear in mind that for most of the glaciers in Valais you will have to ascend over 1000m in altitude from the nearest village. Why not visit the glaciers using the lift systems and then plan a walk at a lower altitude within the area?
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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

I would suggest the Glacier du Trient, in the French-speaking part of Valais.

Either drive or get the bus to Col de la Forclaz, on the road from Martigny to Chamonix. There is a big (and free!) car park next to the café at the pass. From there, an almost completely flat path takes you to the foot of the glacier in about an hour. The path runs alongside one of the "bisses" or irrigation canals for which Valais is famous. There is a small café called the Chalet du Glacier at the end of the flat bit of path.

If you feel you can walk further, the path continues (steeply uphill once you get past the café) up alongside the southern side of the glacier - go up as far as you want, then come back the same way.

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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

Arolla,
village @ 2000m, valley next zo Zermat. Not more than 2 km after village, not more than 100-200m higher, there is one beautiful (forgot name). And when hiking about 45 min. from there you can reach end of Arolla glacier. All surrounded by beautiful scenery, very accessible.
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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

Sorry if this is a daft question but are any of the glaciers accessible with a baby in a pushchair?
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Sorry if this is a daft question but are any of the glaciers accessible with a baby in a pushchair?
The one i mentioned just beyond Arolla definitely is. It depends how close You want to get, tips of glaciers are generally not a safe place to be
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Sorry if this is a daft question but are any of the glaciers accessible with a baby in a pushchair?
For the Glacier du Trient, as far as I can remember the majority of the path would be suitable, yes. I walked it with my 75-year-old parents and they found it fine. Just before the Chalet du Glacier, there is a short section (maybe about 100 metres) where the path gets stony with some tree roots which would probably be awkward - so you might have to carry the baby for a couple of minutes.
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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

Thanks a lot for your help.
Frankly speaking, I am amazed with the depth of knowledge on this forum. tripadvisor etc., travel forums have very limited information available, and mostly from a public transport POV.

We do not mind the altitude. Have driven to 18000+ feet, and hiked in many 10000 feet+ areas, and done lots of long drives in 15000 feet+

Can trek 4-5kms 1000 feet ascent in 2 hours with ease. Have trekked flat for 6kms at 15000 feet.

But I will keep the information in mind, our trip is in september, so lot of time to plan
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you might already know these, but, in case not;

rhonegletscher: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=17

you can do a nice alpine pass trip in the susten-grimsel-furka loop, and the glacier is by the road on furka. they charge you to walk inside it, though.

of course, you can hike to the steingletscher on susten, too: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=14


goscheneralp lake is a good hiking point in the region, too, a bit harder than usual, though: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=13


and aletschgletscher is not too far away either, but i think you need to take a cable car. i am guessing, you've already done this: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.573...num=1&t=h&z=12
thanks! google maps is showing me a nice path (walking path), and if I do a "walk route" its just a few kms for alteich

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Please bear in mind that for most of the glaciers in Valais you will have to ascend over 1000m in altitude from the nearest village. Why not visit the glaciers using the lift systems and then plan a walk at a lower altitude within the area?
Trying to save cost.
Ours is a 15 days trip, we will be spending a lot of time driving the Austrian and swiss countryside.
In Austria, our plans are like this, drive to hotel, park car, and spend whole day on foot hiking through smaller cities like innsbruck, and for larger ones like Salzburg, take a couple of bus rides.
Lifts in Switzerland often cost 20 CHF+
Moreover, we have always found hiking through mountains more entertaining. Better photography oppotunities too!
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I would suggest the Glacier du Trient, in the French-speaking part of Valais.

Either drive or get the bus to Col de la Forclaz, on the road from Martigny to Chamonix. There is a big (and free!) car park next to the café at the pass. From there, an almost completely flat path takes you to the foot of the glacier in about an hour. The path runs alongside one of the "bisses" or irrigation canals for which Valais is famous. There is a small café called the Chalet du Glacier at the end of the flat bit of path.

If you feel you can walk further, the path continues (steeply uphill once you get past the café) up alongside the southern side of the glacier - go up as far as you want, then come back the same way.
Great! Free car park is something we love!
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Arolla,
village @ 2000m, valley next zo Zermat. Not more than 2 km after village, not more than 100-200m higher, there is one beautiful (forgot name). And when hiking about 45 min. from there you can reach end of Arolla glacier. All surrounded by beautiful scenery, very accessible.
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Sorry if this is a daft question but are any of the glaciers accessible with a baby in a pushchair?
I guess what is drivable is accessible by pushchair


Furka Pass seems to be a nice drive with access to lots of lakes and glaciers. But where to park? In california, there are lots of "vista points" alongside sceninc roads where you could park and then go hiking.

We also want to avoid the Grossglocker tunnel and take the old road. Is it still open or closed?
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Re: Glaciers in Valais/Central switzerland, accessible by driving + walking

Another nice glacier is the glacier of Moiry, above Grimentz. There is a nice lake of the damm as well worth having a look. You can drive along the lake to its end from where you have a nice view. A stone path where you can go with the baby brings you very close.http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Eur...hoto730526.htm
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