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. 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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  • August 15, 2017
    Although the road that climbs up to the glacier where is born the Rhone can be heavy (especially on motorhome), is worth by what you are: a glacier in which you can enter its entrails. Hence was born the Rhone. It is very impressing to touch the smooth walls of ice; its color; or hear the water flowing inside her. The glacier is covered with a canvas because of the setback suffered in recent decades. But it does not detract beauty and charm to the place. The glacier is accessed after a brief 10 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes, something as wonderful as the glacier is the octogenarian Lady Sophie: friendly and charming. Price: 7 Swiss francs (do you can pay with card but if the cost is less than a certain amount, € 20?, impose a 10%)
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  • August 14, 2017
    A very interesting place for me - a person coming from a cold, yet still a flat country with no glaciers whatsoever. Mind though, that it's dangerous to walk on a glacier and the signs warning not to ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    It is well aware of global warming because the glacier back dramatically. You can walk around, inside, there are several point of view... To do because the road that leads there offers a beautiful landscape.
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