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Lötschenlücke

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ft 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 mi Hollandiahütte SAC Lötschenlücke Peter Tscherrig Anenhütte Kühmatt

A combined mountain hiking/high-level tour to the Lötschenlücke requiring some experience of mountaineering and glaciers. The services of a mountain guide are recommended. 2-day tour with overnight stay in the Hollandia Hut.
difficult
35.6 km
8:55 h
2150 m
1480 m
Stage 1: Start at Blatten and hike via Eisten to Kühmatt, a renowned pilgrimage site, home to the impressive baroque "Mariä Heimsuchung" Chapel (Visitation of Our Lady). The trail continues over wide pastures to the Fafleralp. The signposted mountain track leads from the Fafleralp past the Guggistafel Alpine huts to the"Guggisee"  lake. At 2,108 metres, a bridge crosses the Anenbach stream fed by the glacier "Jägigletscher" and the route then becomes steeper. The Peter Tscherrig Anen Hut provides a splendid view over the entire Lötschental valley and its impressive surrounding glaciers. The ascent to the Lötschenlücke begins beyond the Peter Tscherrig Anen Hut. Cross the middle of the glacier "Langgletscher"at the end of the mountain path and climb underneath the steep cliff walls of the Schinhorn that fall down to the glacier and up to the Lötschenlücke, which can be seen from afar. The SAC Holladia Hut, which you will reach shortly, clings like an eagle’s nest to the rocks. The panoramic vista from this high SAC hut is simply indescribable.

 

Stage 2: The route continues the following day across the "Grosser Aletschfirn" field down to the "Konkordiaplatz". You may have to circumvent the glacier sump pond to the north or south. From the Konkordiaplatz, descend across the snowless "Grosser Aletschgletscher" (Great Aletsch Glacier), which is characterised by a system of fissures particularly around its edge and flows downwards in a southerly direction like a wide thoroughfare. The descent, which is normally straightforward, runs between the orographically left-hand lateral moraine and the medial moraine. At an altitude of around 2,340 m above sea level, you pass into the "Märjelental" (Märjelen Valley) between the Strahlhorn and the Eggishorn (either directly across the ice or in the rocks of the southwest slope of the Strahlhorn). Shortly afterward you will reach the upper lake, the dammed "Vordersee" Lake. The trail climbs and falls gently around the Tälligrat via the broad Märjelenalp. The hike along the slope is a pleasant one – with the procession of Valais peaks above the Rhone Valley becoming increasingly impressive. From Kühboden (the middle station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car), descend by cable car to Fiesch.

Author’s recommendation

The SAC Hollandia Hut:
  • 3,235 metres above sea level
  • Overnight accommodation for 80 people
  • Starting point for the Äbeni Flue, Mittaghorn, Aletschhorn and many others
  • Hut phone number: Tel. +41 (0)27 939 11 35
  • Owned by SAC, Berne Division

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3155 m
Lowest point
1535 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

  • High-level tour for sure-footed Alpine climbers.
  • Full Alpine climbing equipment (crampons etc.) is needed for this tour.
  • We recommend that a state-certified mountain guide accompanies you on this mountain tour
  • 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!

Tips, hints and links

Our mountain guides in the Lötschental:

Start

Blatten, Post (1532 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.420067, 7.820046
DMS
46°25'12.2"N 7°49'12.2"E
UTM
32T 409327 5141397
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Destination

Kühboden/Fiescheralp

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1: Blatten - Fafleralp - Peter Tscherrig Anen Hut - Lötschenlücke - SAC Hollandia Hut

Stage 2: SAC Hollandia Hut - Konkordiaplatz - Vordersee - Kühboden/Fiescheralp

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Blatten ("Blatten, Post" postbus stop).

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel and Wiler to Blatten as far as the old post office.

Parking

You can park your car in the car park next to the old post office in Blatten (not free).

Coordinates

DD
46.420067, 7.820046
DMS
46°25'12.2"N 7°49'12.2"E
UTM
32T 409327 5141397
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
35.6 km
Duration
8:55h
Ascent
2150 m
Descent
1480 m
Round trip Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Insider tip

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