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Petersgrat

Back-country skiing · Switzerland
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A wonderful ski tour through a beautiful landscape up to the massive firn ridge on the Petersgrat, with a variety of enjoyable descents to Fafleralp.
moderate
15.7 km
4:30 h
580 m
1760 m
Start your tour at the Gandegg mountain station with a short descent towards Gender. Attach your pelts here and continue the tour towards the glacier "Tennbachgletscher". Ski along level ground in a north-easterly direction directly below the Sackhorn, Elwertätsch and Birghorn. In no time at all, you will have reached your destination - the Petersgrat - a massive plateau, the highest point of which is almost impossible to see.

The descent through the Uisterstal (Outer Valley) between the Tellispitza and Chrindelspitza is a real pleasure. From the Fafleralp, continue down the cross-country ski trail at a leisurely pace to Blatten (caution: cross-country skiers and winter hikers have priority on the track).

Alternatively, continue your tour from the highest point of 3,202 metres above sea level over the firn ridge in an easterly direction to the western boundary rocks of the Tschingelhorn and descend from there in a wide loop to Fafleralp across the glacier "Üsser Talgletscher" via the Inners Tal (Inner Valley).

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

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
3190 m
Lowest point
1530 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
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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" (2708 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.425692, 7.758236
UTM
32T 404587 5142095

Destination

Petersgrat

Turn-by-turn directions

Hockenhorngrat - Gender - Tennbachgletscher - Tellingletscher - Petersgrat - Üsser Talgletscher - Uisters Tal - Fafleralp - Kühmatt - Blatten

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).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

A full set of glacier equipment is essential.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.7 km
Duration
4:30h
Ascent
580 m
Descent
1760 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip

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