The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
Gogwärgiwäg (dwarfs' trail)
It is said that they lived in caves all over the Valais: dwarves – wild, bearded and industrious. On the historic Gogwärgiwäg road, visitors encounter ten wooden dwarf sculptures (Gogwärgi-Platzjini). Artistic, hand-carved dwarves relate their stories from the Upper Valais – richly illustrated and bright so that even the very youngest visitors are guaranteed fun. The hike begins along fields and pastures, then through the forest to Fiesch passing close to the impressive stone pyramid, the Gogwärgiturm. The natural formation has long fascinated adults and children alike. Suitable for pushchairs, the level path begins in Lax and continues to the Fiescher Valley.
How to get there: Train from Brig railstation to Fiesch, further with the cable car to Fiescheralp
Return: Train from Fiesch railstation to Brig
Fitness requirements: easy
Distance: 13.3 km
Vertical metres: +247 m, -1345 m
Total hiking time: 4h
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: Fiescheralp
Accomodation: Fiesch, Fiescheralp