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Mountain air, myths and beauty – hiking in the Lötschental

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Mountain air, myths and beauty – hiking in the Lötschental

Hiking Collection by Lötschental Tourismus

9

Tours

39:13 h

64.0 mi

17,650 ft

The Lötschental is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Valais region of southern Switzerland and is nestled between the Bernese and Valais Alps in the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wild river Lonza rushes through the entire Lötschental and with 200 kilometres (124 mi) of marked hiking trails, it is a paradise for pleasure hikers. The refreshing and energising mountain air makes hiking an experience for body and soul.

The ‘Magical Valley', as the Lötschental is also called, is rich in exciting legends, as well as unusual traditions and customs. It boasts a unique mountain-valley panorama and the most beautiful valley head in the Alps. Refreshing and energising mountain air adds to the appeal of what is probably the most authentic valley in the Alps. Bietschhorn’s peak (3,934 metres / 12,907 ft) towers majestically as the highest elevation in the Lötschental in the midst of a breathtaking mountain range, while the Valais, Bernese and French Alps stand behind this giant as a magnificent distant panorama.

The Lötschentaler Höhenweg route combines all these components and is one of the most well-known high-altitude trails in the Valais. Situated mostly at an altitude of 1,900 to 2,100 metres (6,234 - 6,890 ft), it offers a magical panorama of the Lötschental. The hiking trail leads through wildly romantic forests, across lush alpine meadows and offers idyllic picnic spots, for example at the picturesque Schwarzsee lake.

Ten different Lötschental legends take the keen hiker into the world of myths and fairytales and the trail becomes an experience for young and old. The best-known part of the Lötschental High Trail takes hikers from the mountain station of the Lauchernalp cable car to Fafleralp in just two and a half hours. Combined with unspoilt nature, unique fauna, an impressive mountain panorama and the Bietschhorn as a constant companion, this special hike never fails to inspire.

Alpine adventure trail

In 2018, a new adventure trail for young and old was opened on Lauchernalp. The adventure trail itself is designed according to the latest environmental education findings and shows life on the alp in both the past and present with an interactive and multi-sensory display.

Young visitors experience everything about life and work on the alp at 14 points. Plants are explained through slide show holes, a wooden cow can be milked, a typical scythe swing can be practised and children can compose their own song on bells. The hike takes about two hours with children, with the pure hiking time being about 60 minutes. The alpine adventure day can be concluded with a delicious lunch at Lauchernalp or a subsequent fast-paced scooter ride.

The Lötschental is much closer than many people think, and can now be reached quickly and easily by train and bus. Retaining its rustic charm, the Lötschental offers its visitors unspoilt landscapes, intact village scenes, authentic hospitality as well as customs and legends to experience first-hand. The hiking paradise of Lötschental is a mountain pearl away from the big tourist centres – a valley full of magic.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    05:19
    10.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,075 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lötschentaler Höhenweg is the classic among the hikes in the Lötschental. The panorama hike takes you from Fafleralp to Faldumalp.The Lötschental is truly a magical valley, rich in …

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  • Difficult
    06:37
    7.42 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,875 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From Selden you start this wonderful hike with the ascent to the Lötschenpass. With a culmination point at 2,690 meters, crossing the Lötschenpass requires a lot of stamina. But the …

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    10.6 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,550 ft
    4,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This tour in the magical valley connects five Lötschental lakes in one go. All five lakes combine what you imagine a mountain lake to be: rich, bright colors, crystal-clear, glittering …

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    7.07 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,250 ft
    2,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 4-Seen-Tour is the little sister of the 5-Seen-Tour. If you skip the enormous meters of altitude to Blauseeli, but still want to experience the magic of the mountain lakes, …

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    6.48 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first half of this impressive hike first leads you from the Fafleralp, always along the northern flank of the valley up to the Anenhütte. The path is sometimes quite …

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    5.62 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,275 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    During this hike you run along the picturesque mountain stream Lonza from Goppenstein to Blatten. From the shady side of the valley you can see the typical Valais villages Ferden, …

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    5.73 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The popular Lötschental legends trail with legends quiz for children is particularly suitable for families. The path leads from the Lauchernalp mountain station to the Fafleralp without great differences in altitude and takes you into the world of myths and fairy tales.On the tree trunks at the individual stations you will find QR codes that you can scan with your smartphone. In this way, you can also read the sagas conveniently on your smartphone.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    4.73 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your hike begins in Ferden at the Barbara chapel and leads to the parish church in Blatten. You first follow the old valley path and hike in the direction of …

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    5.80 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Gattunalp is a lost alp on the "shady side" of the Lötschental above Kippel. Previously bumped, abandoned today - a cross and a few crumbling foundations are still reminiscent …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    64.0 mi
  • Duration
    39:13 h
  • Elevation
    17,650 ft

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