Hikes

Hikes

Lötschberg Panoramic Trail

A magnificent hike from the Bernese Oberland into the Valais (also suitable as a 2-day tour).

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    19.9 km

  • Duration

    7:30 h

  • Show on map

In Selden start the first stage of the hike with the climb to the Lötschenpass, the history-steeped pass from the Bernese Oberland into the Valais. As it culminates at 2,690 m above sea level, crossing the Lötschenpass takes a great deal of stamina, but the view across the mountains around the Lötschental and the Kandertal valleys is all the more magnificent for it. The view across to the mighty Bietschhorn and beyond the Rhone valley to the Mischabel range is particularly breathtaking.    1st stage: Selden/Gasterental - Lötschenpass  2nd stage: Lötschenpass - Lauchernalp - Fafleralp

Turn-by-turn directions

On your hike you will traverse the length of the Lötschengletscher (Lötschen glacier) for a kilometre of so, wide stretches of which are covered by stones and rocks in every colour imaginable; every now and then blue ice glistens through the rocks. Melt water gurgles through small channels and here and there the water has flushed out deep, meandering trenches through which the water rushes until it disappears through a hole. However, the glacier can be crossed with ease in hiking boots. The route reaches the Lötschenpass and the Lötschenpass Hut shortly after this awe-inspiring natural landscape where you can fortify yourself for the second stage of the hike (an overnight stay in the Lötschenpass Hut is also possible).

The route continues through glacier-eroded terrain up to Lauchernalp to merge seamlessly with the popular Lötschental Legend Trail. A true classic and a worthy finale to the Lötschberg Panoramic Trail. Along this trail, ten different Lötschental legends will carry you off into the fascinating world of myths and legends. This mythical trail passes the Weritztafel, the Tellistafel, the breathtakingly beautiful Schwarzsee ("Black Lake") and ends at the Fafleralp. Return from the Fafleralp using the postbus or on foot. This route can also be walked in the opposite direction.

Start: Selden (1545 m)
Destination: Fafleralp, car park (1756 m)

Author's recommendation

The 1: 25,000 scale hiking map is your perfect companion for an unforgettable day's hiking in the Lötschental. Available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2690 m 1545 m

  • Ascent

    1380 m

  • Descent

    1175 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the BLS Lötschenberg excursion train to Kandersteg. A bus runs from Kandersteg railway station into the Gasterental valley and to Selden (reservations are essential: Tel. +41 (0)33 671 11 729.

Approach

Drive as far as Kandersteg railway station. Park your car there. A bus runs from Kandersteg railway station into the Gasterental valley and to Selden (reservations are essential: Tel. +41 (0)33 671 11 729). The bus runs regularily between June and September (Please inform yourself before your trip).

Parking

You can park your car at the Kandersteg railway station car park (not free).

Equipment

  • 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)

Safety information

  • Plan your tour carefully
  • Ensure that you have a full set of appropriate equipment
  • Never embark on a tour alone
  • Inform friends, relatives, the mountain hut supervisor or the hotel porter of your proposed tour. Report back when you arrive at your destination.
  • Keep a constant eye on weather developments
  • Adhere to the principle: if in doubt, turn back!

Additional information

Lötschenpass Hut - Come to the first “Minergie” mountain hut in the Alps, savour the view across the Valais peaks, let the hut team to pamper you, discover nature all around the lodge, stay in spacious dormitory rooms, gaze at the stars in the suites - and come back again.
More information at: Tel. +41 (0)27 939 19 81 www.loetschenpass.ch

Literature

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

Maps

The 1: 25,000 scale hiking map is your perfect companion for an unforgettable day's hiking in the Lötschental. Available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop