The Top of Europe, Aletschgletscher, Switzerland
Photograph by Simon Schorer
The Aletschgletscher (Aletsch Glacier) is the largest glacier in the Alps, with a length of about 23 km. Part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it covers more than 120 square kilometers in the eastern Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais.
The Aletschgletscher is composed of 3 smaller glaciers which converge at Concordia, continuing onward towards the Rhone valley before feeding the Massa River.