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South of Konkordiaplatz, the glacier runs towards the valley of the Oberwallis (Upper Valais); on the east side, near Bettmeralp, lies a small glacier lake, Märjelensee (2,301 m (7,549 feet)); from the western side used to enter the Mittelaletschgletscher, but since the end of the 20th century the connection with the Aletsch Glacier has been lost. Further down, until about 1880, the Oberaletschgletscher did also enter the Aletsch Glacier at its mouth. But since then both glaciers have been retreating so far that they do not connect anymore (the Upper Aletsch Glacier did retreat about 1.3 km (0.81 mi) from its connecting point with the Aletsch Glacier), but both serve now only as the source of the river Massa. The river flows through the Lake Gibidum (a reservoir, and coincidentally representing the glacier's mouth region in the 19th century, which is a retreat of more than 4 km (2.5 mi)) and a gorge of the same name before reaching the Rhône near Brig.

By the end of the second day, the most exhausting and most dangerous part of their job has been accomplished. In the very early morning of the third day, a Saturday, the men leave the Alpine hut and take the long hike with the entire flock towards Belalp. The path takes them through an almost completely vertical footpath down a deep ravine of the Oberaletsch-Glacier. The long hike takes around eight hours and needs quite a few breaks; not only for the shepherds themselves, but also for the sheep. Just before reaching Belalp, the parade of sheep and shepherds takes a switchback vertical path upwards which is built with dry stone walls directly into the mountain, called the Steiglen.

Swiss Federal Roads Department (FEDRO) 2014-2022: Casermetta Gallery (A9 Motorway), detection of rock slope instabilities/monitoring/ground-based radar interferometry/LiDAR/Photogrammetry

Swiss Federal Roads Department (FEDRO) 2014-2016: Seitenbrunnen Gallery (A9 Motorway), detection of rock slope instabilities/monitoring/ground-based radar interferometry/LiDAR/Photogrammetry

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LINDT ñ Switzerlandís champion tennis player Roger Federer and US champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn played an exhibition tennis match on the Aletsch Glacier below the Sphinx Summit to celebrate the opening of the LINDT Swiss Chocolate Heaven, a shop at 3,454 metres above sea level on Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, on Tuesday, July 16, 2014. The themed chocolate shop, which offers a wide range of the finest LINDT chocolate and the adjacent Master Chocolatiers parlor gives visitors a insight into how chocolate is made, was opened by Roger Federer and is collaboration between Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprngli and Jungfrau Railway Holding AG. (Alexandra Wey for LINDT via AP Images) ORG XMIT: CPA702

I visited this WHS in September 2014. The 4000+ metre mountains were immediately visible from as far as Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken. I drove to Grindelwald where I had my hotel and ample parking opportunities. Grindelwald is just beneath the Eiger mountain (3970m) but the peaks of Wetterhorn (3701m) and Schreckhorn (4078m) are also clearly visible from town. There are several uphill trails to take in the scenery but if you're just a beginner taking the trains up and choosing a trail down could be a pleasant and less tiring option. The lavish greenery dotted with brown cows changes to rocky landscape, ice glaciers and snow capped mountain peaks as you arrive at Kleine Scheidegg (2061m). After checking the weather forecast several times and being lucky enough to visit on a sunny weekend, I opted to go for the Jungfraubahn Top of Europe experience which cost me 177 swiss francs for a return ticket, making it the most expensive WHS I have ever visited. Since I was staying in Grindelwald, I only had to change one train which was fine. The first train from Grindelwald left around 07:15 meaning that I got to Jungfraujoch before 09:00 (around 1hr 45mins including panoramic view stops). At Kleine Scheidegg,


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