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Tyndall snowshoe trail

  • start: Belalp cable-car summit station
  • destination: Hohbiel

Starting point of this snowshoe trail is the summit station of the Belalp cable car. The well-maintained route leads at first to Aletschbord and the historical Hotel Belalp. Here, snowshoe walkers can enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and the views of the Great Aletsch Glacier and the surrounding 4,000-metre peaks before tackling the ascent to Hohbiel. The mountain hotel opened in 1858, welcoming guests especially from the British Isles. These included the Irish mountaineer and scientist John Tyndall, who spent 44 summers at the Hotel Belalp. In his honour, the hotel maintains the Tyndall Room in its original condition. Some way above the hotel, snowshoe walkers pass a commemorative stone: the Tyndall Monument. The trail continues upwards following a rather demanding.

The descent to the Tyndall Monument follows the same route. From here, a highly scenic variant leads from the monument directly down to the Hotel Belalp, and then along the road back to the cable-car station.

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