Hikes

Hikes

From the Gemmi Pass to the Lämmeren mountain refuge

Hike along the glacier trail across the Lämmerenboden plateau, from the Gemmi Pass to the Lämmeren hut. Located at the foot of the Wildstrubel massif, the refuge offers fine views of the Valais Alps.

Discover the dramatic rocky Alpine terrain around the Wildstrubel massif on this hike to the Lämmeren mountain refuge and back. The route crosses the Lämmerenboden plateau, with its fissured calcareous rock and mounds of schist. The warden of the Lämmeren hut has created a glacier trail here in collaboration with the University of Bern. Along the trail, information stations provide fascinating information on the geology, landscape features and biology of this unique environment. A brochure on the theme trail is available. At the far end of Lämmerenboden, a climb of about 200 vertical metres leads to the Lämmeren refuge. Difficult passages are secured with chains. With a little luck, you may spot some of the ibex that regularly gather in the vicinity of the hut. Assorted trails offer the chance to explore the surrounding landscapes; climbing enthusiasts can choose from a number of routes of varying difficulty. For the return leg of the hike, follow the same route back as far as Lämmerenboden, and then walk eastwards to the Lämmerensee lake. When you reach the left bank of the Lämmerendalu river, you rejoin the glacier trail. A little before the Daubensee lake, the trail branches to the right to return to the Gemmi Pass. The shores of the Daubensee offer a refreshing spot to relax for a while. The water of the Lämmerendalu river flows out of the lake via an underground route and only resurfaces more than 1,200 vertical metres lower down, below the village of Varen. You can extend the hike by about an hour and a half by following a different route back from the cabin: not across Lämmerenboden but via Rote Totz Lücke, Rote Chumme and the Daubensee.    Highlights: Lämmeren glacier trail with views of the Wildstrubel. Good chances of observing ibex from the welcoming Lämmeren hut (Swiss Alpine Club – SAC). Gemmi Pass with breathtaking views of Leukerbad and the 4,000-metre Valais peaks.

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike begins at the Gemmi Pass, which you can reach by cable car or on foot from Leukerbad. The trail climbs very gently along the Lämmerendalu river across the Lämmerenboden plateau. Before the final climb to the Swiss Alpine Club hut, about 250 vertical metres higher, you cross the river and then follow a well-made trail up to the mountain refuge. Afterwards, return to Lämmerenboden via the same route. Once you reach the plateau, take the left turning in the direction of the Lämmerensee lake, and then follow the left bank of the Lämmerendalu back towards the Gemmi Pass.

Start: Gemmi Pass (2338 m)
Destination: Gemmi Pass (2338 m)

Author's recommendation

Pause for a break at the Lämmeren refuge and enjoy the fruit tart, freshly baked every day.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2507 m 2207 m

  • Ascent

    460 m

  • Descent

    460 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

 

Regular train services to Leuk, then connecting bus service to Leukerbad. Find timetable information for trains and buses at sbb.ch. 

Approach

 

Motorway (A9) to Leuk, then Umfahrungsstrasse in direction of Leukerbad.

Parking

 

Parking at the Gemmi cable car or directly in the village. Follow the local car park routeing in Leukerbad. 

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

More information about the destination: 

Literature

The tourist office in Leukerbad has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1267 Gemmi