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Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

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I am a keen astro photographer and would love to photograph the Aletsch Glacier at night to include the stars. Is it possible to visit any part of the Glacier at night?
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

The best way would probably be to trek up to the Konkordiahütte, an alpine cabin and spend the night there:

http://www.konkordiahuette.ch
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Hello all,

I am a keen astro photographer and would love to photograph the Aletsch Glacier at night to include the stars. Is it possible to visit any part of the Glacier at night?
That sounds spectacular! If you are able to do so, I think many of us here would love to see a photo or two (I know I would). Good luck!
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

Just doing some research and I saw you can walk to the Aletsch Glacier within 30-minute walk from Riederal. Is this true? Or only possible in summer?
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

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Just doing some research and I saw you can walk to the Aletsch Glacier within 30-minute walk from Riederal. Is this true? Or only possible in summer?
Yes, there's a few villages fairly high up incl. Riederalp and Bettmeralp. These are serviced till quite late in the summer (a quick check on the SBB website shows the last cable cart going up at 2315/down at 2325.

Also look at staying at the Gletscherstube Marjelen, you get a good view up and down the Aletsch glacer there as well, and easier to get to than Konkordiahutte.
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

Aletsch Glacier is on my photography expedition list as well ..can you post an update if you figure out the details.
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Just doing some research and I saw you can walk to the Aletsch Glacier within 30-minute walk from Riederal. Is this true? Or only possible in summer?
Snow shoes?

In Summer it is less than an hour from Bettmeralp.
http://map.wanderland.ch/?layers=Wan...989209&lang=en
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

We are heading up there in May with the intent to overnight in Konkordia hutte.
Approaching from the South (Fiesch)
There are hiking & Mountain trails right up to the edge of the Aletsch glacier but after that the trails are not marked & are not recommended for inexperienced glaciers hikers.

So our plan is to hike independently as far as possible (the edge of the glacier) & have a guide engaged from there on up to Konkordiahutte.
Route here:https://s.geo.admin.ch/721dda217e

Not sure about the return journey to civilisation.
Be interested to hear any experiences of this route or recommendation for glacier guides for this leg.

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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

I'm giving a gentle bump here because I feel that there is info on this forum for this topic & I also reckon there is a wider interest in the topic beyond my own.

I posted late at night & may have missed a lot of our informed audience.

hope this is ok...
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

So sustained efforts to secure a guide for the Aletsch Glacier in early May have gone literally unanswered. Phone calls, emails & website contact forms all placed to no avail.

Initial facebook contacts with 2 guides were promptly replied to but those folks were not qualified to lead on a glacier so they declined & put me in touch with http://www.bergsteigerzentrum.ch, fair enough.

What gives? don't they want the business now or in future?

If anyone know of an independent Glacial lead out there that is looking for some work in early May, please do let me know...Thanks.

Confused...
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

Hi Horatio,

Unless you have a specific reason to want to walk across a glacier, there is no reason to find a guide. This area is really beautiful without crossing the glacier. Just be aware that it is not the normal surface you experience elsewhere. It's challenging but not technical where you jump across large rocks. It’s my favorite hike in Switzerland and it would be really difficult to get lost as the glacier acts as a useful reference point.

My suggestion for your route would be:

Day 1 start at the Betten lift and take the lift to the station at the top. You will have the glacier on your left and its a downward hike from there to the hut. I would guess at a leisurely pace this could be done very comfortably in 6 hours. You reach a point where you can turn right to Vordsee lake. The hut is straight ahead at this point but you can make a diversion to the left to get right down to the glacier.


Day 2 walk back towards Vordsee, there is a tunnel here, skip it and hike upwards. The view is really stunning, there’s some really stunning points to sit and look down and as you ascend further you look down on Aletsch and a second glacier to the right. If you are feeling tired take the lift down to Fiesch from Fiescheralp or hike to the top of Eggishorn and take lift from there.

Hope this is helpful.

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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

Thanks Neil,

the hut you refer to is not Konkordiahutte, right? I guess you are referring to Marjela hut?
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

ok, got my bearings around Vordsee now, thx.

So you reckon it would not be risky to hike unguided n the glacier to Konkordiahutte? It's a sincere question, not a challenge.
or is your proposal to skirt the glacier shore up to Konkordia? i measuered aling the "shore" it's just under 7 km.

I understand there will be no snow covering in May on Aletsch.
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If anyone know of an independent Glacial lead out there that is looking for some work in early May, please do let me know...Thanks.
No personal experience: Perhaps try one of these guys.
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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

Thanks Urs,
I had not come across that site previously. Cheers.

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Re: Visiting the Aletsch Glacier at night, possible?

Ok I just went on the Koncordia's site and realized that you cannot access the hut without walking on the glacier. My guess would be even though the snow is gone there could still be snow on the glacier itself.

I'm quite a gungho person and I 100% wouldn't walk on a glacier with snow and I would be hesitant to go without a guide without snow. I looked at this in the past and couldnt find anyone willing to do a hike, I think your challenge here could be that most of the guides probably want to bring you on a full tour.. If you find someone willing to offer a short tour please share the details
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