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Aletsch Glacier 3

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Hiking in the Aletsch Glacier area. I took the cable car from Fiesch up to the Fiescheralp and hiked than towards the Bettmerhorn. This is the view of the Aletsch Glacier from near the top station of the cable car Bettmerhorn on the hiking trail to the Märjelen lake.

Far away at the horizon somewhere on the panorama you can see the Matterhorn. Did you find it ?

The Jungfrau-Aletsch area is a Unesco World Heritage site.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aletsch_Glacier

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A: Aletsch Glacier 2

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B: View from the Top Station Bettmerhorn

by Fritz Hanke, 80 meters away

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C: Trail to the Bettmerhorn

by Fritz Hanke, 210 meters away

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D: Aletsch Glacier 1

by Fritz Hanke, 280 meters away

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E: Hiking towards the Bettmerhorn

by Fritz Hanke, 520 meters away

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F: Cable Car up to Bettmerhorn

by Fritz Hanke, 540 meters away

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G: Aletsch Glacier 4

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H: Fiescheralp 3

by Fritz Hanke, 1.1 km away

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I: Fiescheralp 2

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J: Aletsch Glacier 5

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