Hikes

Hikes

Chäserstatt

From Ernen, this hike crosses through the forest and valley of Rappental to reach Chäserstatt, offering splendid views of the Rhône and Conches valleys.

This hike starts in the small village of Ernen. The path initially passes through the forest, gradually leading you to Niederärner Chäller on a beautiful shaded track, before crossing through the wild valley of Rappental along the Milibach stream. The route then runs along the edge of the forest up until Lärch, which marks the highest point of the hike. Continue your outing along a small path bordered by magnificent alpine flowers until you reach the breathtaking vantage point of Chäserstatt and its cozy mountain hotel. After a relatively steep descent, you will reach the pretty village of Mühlebach and the famous Goms suspension bridge, before arriving at Fürgangen train station.

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts in the small village of Ernen. Walk along the forest road that climbs towards Niederärner Chäller. Next, continue your hike towards Rappental, then turn left and walk along the edge of the forest until you reach Lärch. After a pleasant descent towards Chäserstatt, and then towards Mühlebach, you will reach the suspension bridge « Goms Bridge » before finally arriving at Fürgangen train station.

Start: Ernen (1196 m)
Destination: Fürgangen (1201 m)

Author's recommendation

Stop for refreshments at the Chäserstatt Berghotel, which brews its own craft beer on site.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2120 m 1202 m

  • Ascent

    971 m

  • Descent

    965 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

First, take a train to Brig, and then another train to Fiesch. From here, hop on a PostBus to the village of Ernen

Approach

You can reach Ernen by taking the main road between Brig and Fiesch towards Oberwald. Turn right onto Furkastrasse after the village of Lax and climb towards Niederernen, then continue on to Ernen.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in the village.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

 

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time. 

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Additional information

Further information:

Literature

Hiking map Binntal (Veglia Devero)

Maps

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 1270 Binntal