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Hockenhorn - Lötschenpass - Ferden

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  • Hockenhorn
    / Hockenhorn
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • Abfahrt nach Ferden
    / Abfahrt nach Ferden
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Abfahrt nach Ferden
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
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A rewarding ski tour to the Hockenhorn with a thrilling descent to Ferden.
moderate
9.5 km
3:00 h
510 m
1,845 m
Stage 1: The tour starts at the mountain station "Gandegg" at the Lauchernalp ski resort and heads towards the glacier "Milibachgletscher" and onwards up to the Hockenhorn. As an option you can also take the Gletscherbahn gondola directly to the Hockenhorngrat. From here you will enjoy a fantastic view over the surrounding Valais and Bernese mountain panorama before setting out for the Lötschenpass Hut. Refuel at the Lötschenpass Hut for the next stage of this tour.


Stage 2: In the second stage of this tour, enjoy the descent from the Lötschenpass Hut to Ferden via the Kummenalp.

Author’s recommendation

Lötschenpass Hut:
Come to the first “Minergie” mountain hut in the Alps, savour the view across the Valais peaks, let the hut team to pamper you, discover nature all around the lodge, stay in spacious dormitory rooms, gaze at the stars in the suites - and come back again.
More information at: Tel. +41 (0)27 939 19 81 www.loetschenpass.ch
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Author
Sandra Stockinger
Updated: February 17, 2016
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
3,205 m
Lowest point
1,375 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" (2,712 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.425609, 7.758064
DMS
46°25'32.2"N 7°45'29.0"E
UTM
32T 404574 5142086
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Destination

Ferden, village

Turn-by-turn directions

Gandegg - Milibachgletscher - Hockenhorn - Lötschenpass - Stierstutz - Kummenalp - Färdaried - Ferden

 

Descent options:

  • Hockenhorn - Milibachgletscher - Gandegg
  • Hockenhorn - Burst - Gfelalp - Gasterental - Eggeschwand
  • Hockenhorn - Kummenalp - Färda - Ferden
  • Hockenhorn - Lötschenpass - Gitzifurggu - Flüealp - Flüebach - Majing - Leukerbad East
  • Hockenhorn - Lötschenpass  - Lötschengletscher - Balme - Gfelalp - Gasterental - Eggeschwand

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 Gandegg mountain station.

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 Gandegg mountain station.

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

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46.425609, 7.758064
DMS
46°25'32.2"N 7°45'29.0"E
UTM
32T 404574 5142086
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • A full set of glacier equipment is essential.
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.5 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
510 m
Descent
1,845 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route

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