The Massa Gorge is a 6.5 km long gorge that begins in Blatten near Naters at the Gibidum dam. It is an imposing, unique natural phenomenon made of white-polished marble, formed by the ice masses of the Great Aletsch Glacier and the meltwater of the Massa. The height difference of the gorge is 600 meters in total.
The hiking trail follows the course of the historic bisse Riederi. This was first mentioned in 1385 and brought meltwater from the glacier to the fields near Ried-Mörel up until the 1940s. The path hewn into the rocks takes you along the Massa Gorge at a dizzy height. This adventurous hike is only recommended for people with a head for heights. The steepest rock face, around which six long channels were led at dizzying heights until the end of the 1930s, has now been defused by a short tunnel, but there are still a few well-secured but exposed sections to overcome. The breathtaking view over the Rhone Valley and the Valais Alps is a pleasure and the mighty gorge, with the right flow of water, can impressively convey the power of this element.
September 3, 2022
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