Winter hiking

Winter hiking

The Panoramic Hike: Panoramic Alpine Trail Lötschental

Hike Europe's highest winter hiking trail more than 3,000m above sea level.

Located at Lauchernalp, the Panoramic Alpine Trail is the highest winter hiking trail in Europe (3,111 - 3,020m above sea level). Starting from the upper Gletscherbahn gondola mountain station, the trail leads to a unique viewpoint overlooking more than 40 4,000m peaks. The route begins behind the upper Gletscherbahn gondola mountain station, where a wide easy track leads down to the viewpoint, parallel to the ski slope. Two panorama boards erected on a small plateau overlooking the precipice describe the surrounding peaks. Return the way you came, then take the gondola and then the three-seater chair lift to Stafel. From here you can walk down or take the six-seater chairlift back to the Lauchernalp mountain station.

Turn-by-turn directions

Hockenhorngrat – Schilthorn Plateau - Hockenhorngrat

Start: "Hockenhorngrat" mountain station (3,082m) (3082 m)
Destination: "Hockenhorngrat" mountain station (3,082m) (3079 m)

Author's recommendation

This is a very unique panorama, so make sure you do this hike in good weather.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    3111 m 3020 m

  • Ascent

    80 m

  • Descent

    85 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Wiler ("Wiler, Seilbahn" postbus stop). Take the cable car up to the Lauchernalp, then continue on a 6-seater and a 3-seater chairlift to Gandegg mountain station and then take the Gletscherbahn gondola to the Hockenhorngrat.

Approach

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden and Kippel as far as Wiler to the valley cable car station. Take the cable car up to the Lauchernalp, then continue on a 6-seater or 3-seater chairlift to the Gandegg mountain station and then take the Gletscherbahn gondola to the Hockenhorngrat.

Parking

You can park your car in the outdoor car park or in the indoor car park beside the cable car valley station (not free).

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: 

Lötschental

 

Order a free copy of the "Cross-country Ski Runs and Winter Hiking Routes" brochure from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte