The Valais is a hiker’s paradise in winter. Its 1000 kilometres of immaculately prepared winter trails invite hikers to leisurely strolls or athletic climbs in an unparalleled setting. With the winter sun as your companion, you can wander through silent snow-covered forests and over magnificent sunny terraces featuring fantastic views. This is as close as you can get to the high peaks and majestic glaciers of the Valais Alps. A steaming cup of schnapps and coffee or hot chocolate welcomes contented hikers in a snug mountain hut at the end of the day.
Alpine pass hike in winter
In historic times, hemmers carried their textiles over the Alps even in the dead of winter. Today the passes are closed in the winter. But there is one exception: the Gemmi and its maintained winter hiking trails. The tour begins in Leukerbad, Switzerland’s largest destination for thermal baths and wellness vacations. The teleferique takes hikers up to the Gemmi Pass, where spectacular views to the Valais 4000-metre peaks await. The hike passes the frozen Daubensee to the historic Schwarenbach mountain hotel. A little while later hikers will cross the border between Valais and Bern, and on to Sunnbüel. Take the teleferique to Kandersteg-Eggeschwand and finally the bus to the Kandersteg train station.
End of tour: Sunnbüel / Kandersteg
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: medium
Hiking time: 2 h 45 min.
Distance: 10 km