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Rhone glacier, Gletsch

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#14 of 30 in Sightseeing in Canton of Valais
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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. It is covered each summer in white blankets to try and slow ice loss.Evolution<gallery perrow=5> File:2010-10-10 Furka 035-by bohdan urbanowicz.jpg|2010 File:Glacier du Rhone.jpg|2008 File:Rhoneglacier.JPG|2005File:Gletch und Rhonegletscher um 1900.jpeg|1900 File:Rhonegletscher1870.jpg|1870 The 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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  • Having driven right past it on a previous holiday we just happened to read about it in a guide book. So pleased we did. As other reviewers have said the walk down to the glacier is stony and possibly ...  more »
  • I never walked on a glacier or went inside one before... In addition to breathtaking scenery it's a very unique experience. The 7 Swiss francs entry fee is well worth it  more »
  • The drive up to the glacier is hair raising in that the road is very windy and has a steep ascent, but the views on the way up are amazing so if you can handle the heights it's well worth the drive. T...  more »

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