Aletsch Forest

The area protected by Pro Natura "Aletschwald" is one of the most beautiful mountain forests in Switzerland. With its dense to sparse stocks of spruces, larches and Swiss stone pines, and the Alpine Roses, flowering in summer in between, it is always worth a hike.

The Swiss stone pine is the main tree species of the Aletsch forest, and has best adapted in the course of the millennium to the harsh climatic conditions on the northern slopes above the Great Aletsch glacier. With its particular resilience and its slow and steady growth, it defies summer drought, winter storms, ice and snow and becomes thereby up to 1000 years old.

In addition to the Swiss stone pines, the Aletschwald also offers to many other creatures a habitat. Red deer, Chamois, Nutcracker and rusty-leaved Alpine Rose are quite frequent. With a little more luck you can even observe black grouses, stone eagle or Europe’s smallest owl, the Pygmy Owl.