Schönbiel to Gletscherstube & Märjelensee Via The Tälligrat Tunnel
Our final full day on the Bettmeralp is here and even though the five-day lift pass has expired we still wanted to walk some more.
The weather was stunning once again and our hike today was to the Gletscherstube and Märjelensee where you can get very close to the Aletsch Glacier.
The other cool part about this route is that you get to walk through the one-kilometre-long Tälligrat tunnel also known as Märjelensee tunnel.
Day 1251 – August 4th, 2017
Day 8 Bettmeralp
Here is a photo of the four of us on the chair lift.
The last view from Schönbiel peak before heading towards Fiescheralp as we did on our visit to Eggishorn mountain the other day.
The Swiss Alps are home to the Murmeltiere which are not easy to see. We managed once to spot one from a fair distance but nothing as close as I came to the one below.
According to the wander signs we have 1h 30 to the Gletscherstube from here.
Today was very hot with only a little cloud cover at times. We certainly think it was the hottest day and walk of the week. These snow cannons would have been welcome today.
But we settled for water instead. What a view…
The walk took us up the side of the mountain and around the corner in an s bend.
Opposite the corner we can see the entrance to the Tälligrat tunnel.
The Fiescher-Glacier in the distance between the peaks.
The Tälligrat tunnel
At the end of the tunnel we are greeted with this panorama. The Märjelensee is beyond the water you see and the dark building is the Gletscherstube.
The Gletscherstube at Märjelensee
We stopped here for lunch where I had the classic Swiss mountain dish ‘alpermacaroni’ with apple puree, followed by a very good coffee, yummy.
A variety of walks can be taken from the Gletscherstube starting point.
The walk down to the Glacier is around 20 minutes. We didn’t go all the way as after about 15 minutes we could see it was going to be longer for us down and back.
In front of the edge of the Glacier should be the Märjelensee. In fact the pictures online are quite impressive, though I’m not sure how it is today. Next time…
Today the wooshalies came with me for a view of the Aletsch Glacier.
Back up to the tunnel, we passed back through and retraced our path to Schönbiel chair lift.
Chateaubriand for dinner
Once back at the chalet we rested and then got ready for a final evening dinner. This has been the tradition of the family of Brassli & Moni ever since coming to the Bettmeralp, where on the last night they go out and enjoy a Chateaubriand in one of the restaurants in the village.
This evenings chateaubriand with vegetables and choice of sides was delicious. Too many sides and probably not enough vegetables would be my opinion. Very very tender and perfectly cooked to our liking. 55 SF per person.
That was a fitting end to a wonderful week on the Bettmeralp. Tomorrow we check out and have breakfast in the Waldhaus hotel opposite before heading down to Betten and back home.
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