Rhone Glacier, Gletsch

The Rhône Glacier is a glacier in the Swiss Alps and the source of the river Rhône and one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva in the far eastern end of the Swiss canton of Valais. Because the Glacier is located close to the Furka Pass road it is easily accessible.GeographyThe Rhône Glacier is the largest glacier in the Urner Alps. It lies on the south side of the range at the source of the Rhône. The Undri Triftlimi (3,081 m) connects it to the Trift Glacier. The glacier is located on the northernmost part of the canton of Valais, between the Grimsel Pass and the Furka Pass and is part of the Oberwald municipality. The Dammastock (3,630 m) is the highest summit above the glacier. During most of the past 11,000 years it was smaller than it is now.EvolutionThe Rhône Glacier is easily accessible so its evolution is observed since the 19th century. The glacier lost ~1300 m during the last 120 years leaving behind a track of naked stone.
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  • The road is only a sign "Ice cave". Since we were not looking for a glacier but were casually points out, this was a stunning surprise. The Ice Cave and the many pictures along the way, how over the last few years the glacier has changed, is very interesting. This is suitable also for families with children, since straight latter well can see how climate change affects.
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  • We made a diversion on our road trip to visit this extraordinary site. Carved annually inside the retreating Rhône Glacier, this amazing ice cave is a fascinating glimpse into the glacier, complete wi...  more »
  • I stopped by at the break in the buses go from Andermatt to Gretsch. Glaciers are quite a step backwards, in the distance was felt the grandeur.
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  • Spectacular place, a must-see position in your bucket list for Switzerland!
  • Beautiful glacier I visit once a year and unfortunately every year must witness like him less and less is 😥
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  • But there is more
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  • Beautiful Obergoms Valley to reach the glacier of the Rhone with visit to the Ice Cave, then the Furka pass. Having in front the Grimsel Pass
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  • Too much pollution
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