Winter hiking

Winter hiking

Richinen Gassen Weg

On this pleasant winter hike from Richinen mountain station to the neighbourhood of Gassen in Bellwald, you can breathe in deeply and enjoy the fresh air of the forest, as well as the magnificent views of the mountains and valleys.

This winter hike gets off to an incredible start as the chair lift journey from Bellwald to Richinen offers a taste of the magnificent views to come. Once you’re at the top, take a moment to enjoy the sun terrace of the Hasestall panorama restaurant – the view over the peaks of the Binntal Landscape Park and the Rhône Valley is captivating. There’s even more in store on the leisurely hike into the valley towards the hamlet of Gassen in Bellwald: you’ll find yourself pausing time and again to enjoy the view, whether it’s the Fieschertal Valley in the west or the majestic peaks of the UNESCO Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site in the north. Along the way, you’ll head into an idyllic larch forest where you can breathe in deeply and clear your head.

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of this easy winter hike is the mountain station of the Richinen chair lift. The route then continues mainly on the west side of the ski lift through open landscapes and forests and back to Bellwald. For those looking for more of a challenge, the route can also be tackled in the opposite direction.

Start: Intermediate station Fleschen (2061 m)
Destination: Bellwald Gassen (1615 m)

Author's recommendation

Take a break at Mutti, the most westerly point of the trail, and relax in the sun as you admire the landscape. It’s also worth taking a stroll through Bellwald: the highest municipality in Goms benefits from a well-maintained, car-free centre with the canton’s typical sun-browned wooden houses, stables and narrow alleyways.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2064 m 1615 m

  • Ascent

    12 m

  • Descent

    449 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 1.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 1.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Accessible by train and bus. Form Brig train station, take the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to Fürgangen Bellwald

Approach

Motorway A9 direction Brig. Continue direction Goms junction Bellwald.

Parking

Free parking at the mountain station Basper.

Equipment

We recommend:  

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hiking poles (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 leave any waste 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 uncertain weather, 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

More information about the destination:

Bellwald

Literature

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

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:50’000: 264S Jungfrau