Winter hiking

Winter hiking

Panoramaweg Unterbäch-Eischoll

This easy winter route leads from Brandalp above Unterbäch to Strygge near Eischoll. A magnificent view of the peaks and the Rhone Valley awaits you.

The start of the panoramic trail between Unterbäch and Eischoll is in Brandalp. At the Alpenrösli restaurant, two paths lead off to the west. The panoramic trail runs to the left above the chairlift station (Brandalp-Breite Stäg). From here you can focus fully on the beautiful winter hiking trail. After just 500 metres, you enter a forest of spruces and larches, which opens up after a good ten minutes' walk. At Breite Stäg, the path turns around and a gentle climb awaits you. Shortly before Gorbatbach, the path forks again. Take the right turn, and after a few more metres you will reach the highest point, which is the halfway point of the hike. A gentle descent follows through the forest to the Egga restaurant in Strygge. The 200 metre ascent is spread over six kilometres and is therefore not too challenging for hikers.

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Turn-by-turn directions

The path is permanently groomed by a snow cat. Normal winter shoes are therefore sufficient, but you can also bring your own snowshoes should you desire. There are no narrow or dangerous passages along the way.

Start: Brandalp Unterbäch (1595 m)
Destination: Strygge Eischoll (1554 m)

Author's recommendation

You can also go the other way. Every Wednesday, by reservation, a bus runs between Eischoll and Unterbäch.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1802 m 1554 m

  • Ascent

    210 m

  • Descent

    251 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 1 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 1 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

The village of Unterbäch is easily accessible by public transport. You can take the SBB train from Visp to Raron. From here, it's about a five-minute walk to the Raron-Unterbäch cable car. Once in Unterbäch, walk eastwards for about two minutes until you reach the Unterbäch-Brandalp chairlift, then take the panoramic route to Eischoll and return to Raron by cable car from Eischoll.

Approach

Unterbäch can also be easily reached by car. Take either the route from Visp via Bürchen to Unterbäch, or the route from Turtmann via Eischoll to Unterbäch.

Tip: the Visp-Bürchen-Unterbäch route is a little more winding, but wider. The Turtmann-Eischoll-Unterbäch route is less winding, but narrower.

Parking

In Unterbäch, you can either park your car in the car park at the eastern entrance to the village or directly in the village, below the top station of the Raron-Unterbäch cable car. If you wish to drive to Raron and then take the cable car to Unterbäch, you can park free of charge in the car park marked LRU. The parking meter ticket will be refunded at the Unterbäch cable car.

Equipment

We recommend:

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

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.

  • 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.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.
  • 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 uncertainweather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Additional information

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More information about the destination Unterbäch: https://unterbaech.ch 

Literature

The Unterbäch tourist office offers brochures and information on hiking in the region.

Maps

Visp Schneesportkarte 1:50'000, Nummer 274S