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Elwertätsch

Back-country skiing · Switzerland
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  • Tennbachgletscher
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A ski tour on the popular Elwertätsch skiing mountain with a variety of descents to Blatten via Tellin.
easy
12 km
3:00 h
520 m
1820 m
The tour on the Elwertätsch is richly varied in terms of terrain and offers a magnificent view across to the Bietschhorn and the Valais 4000-metre peaks. The Elwertätsch lies on the boundary between the cantons of Berne and Valais, between the Gasterental Valley in the north and the Lötschental Valley in the south. The summit lies along a long ridge separating the two valleys from each other. The Elwertätsch is joined to the Sackhorn beyond the Tennbachlücke in the southwest and to the Birghorn in the northeast by the 3,169 metre-high pass, which has no name. The mountain falls with wild cliff walls down into the Gasterental Valley, interspersed by small hanging glaciers, like the Birggletscher (Birg Glacier).

 

Author’s recommendation

Skitourenkarte Jungfrau 264S (The Jungfrau Region Ski-Touring Map 264S) - This 1:50,000 scale topographical map includes the ski tours in the Lötschental Valley, which are described in more detail in the SAC Tour Guide available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop
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Author
Sandra Stockinger
Updated: February 17, 2016

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
3180 m
Lowest point
1400 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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Safety information

  • We recommend that a state-certified mountain guide accompanies you on this ski 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

Mountain station "Gandegg" (2705 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.425472, 7.758291
DMS
46°25'31.7"N 7°45'29.8"E
UTM
32T 404591 5142071
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Destination

Elwertätsch

Turn-by-turn directions

Climb gently from mountain station "Gandegg" in a north-easterly direction until you are just below the rocky promontory that sweeps down from the 2,919 metre point on the 1:25,000 scale map. You can also reach the rocky promontory from the mountain station "Hockenhorngrat" by descending just over 350 vertical metres down the ski slope. The route now climbs more steeply into the saddle to the north of the 2,911 metre point. It then continues in a north-easterly direction across attractive terrain onto the Tennbachgletscher (Tennbach Glacier) and then underneath the Sackhorn, still climbing   in a north-easterly direction, across the broad western ridge to the summit.

 

Optional descents:

The tour to the Elwertätsch offers a number of long and very attractive descents: Head from the summit across the Tennbachgletscher (Tennbach Glacier) towards the saddle at 2,855 metres above sea level to the north of the Tennbachhorn. From there, either descend to the west of the Tennbachhorn towards Fischbiel and onward to your starting point in Kippel or, alternatively, in safe conditions, descend from a height of 2,855 m above sea level in an easterly direction down the ideally inclined slopes through the wide hollow. The slope falls away steeply from an altitude of around 2,500 m above sea level and the descent, which in places reaches a gradient of up to 38°, ends right on the far side of Tellin. Continue your descent through the valley to Blatten via the Tellistafel.

Note


all notes on protected areas

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 2-seater or 3-seater chairlift to the mountain station "Gandegg".

Getting there

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 2-seater or 3-seater chairlift to the mountain station "Gandegg".

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).

Coordinates

DD
46.425472, 7.758291
DMS
46°25'31.7"N 7°45'29.8"E
UTM
32T 404591 5142071
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

A full set of glacier equipment is essential.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
12 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
520 m
Descent
1820 m
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