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Kippel - Lauchernalp

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  • Lauchernalp
    / Lauchernalp
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  • Kippel-Lauchernalp
    / Kippel-Lauchernalp
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  • Kippel-Lauchernalp
    / Kippel-Lauchernalp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Hockenalp
    / Hockenalp
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Map / Kippel - Lauchernalp
1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 6,2 km Länge Vogelschutzgebiet Riedhaltä Hockenalp Kapelle

Attention only open untill Hockenalp!!!

closed
moderate
6.2 km
2:10 h
725 m
145 m

Your hike to the Lauchernalp starts in Kippel. Walk through the upper village of Kippel, passing the "Riedhaltä" bird sanctuary, where native birds can often be observed, particularly in the spring. Then continue along the path through the cool forest before reaching the former mountain station of the Kippel - Haispil ski lift. The construction of this lift, which was carried away by an avalanche in 1980, launched the winter sports age in the Lötschental in the 1960s. However, the slopes were not attractive enough and soon the ski lift on the Lauchernalp and the Wiler-Lauchernalp cable car, which were constructed later, superseded the popularity of the original lift. From Haispil, climb the final section towards the Hockenalp.
When you arrive at the Hockenalp, you can also visit the chapel dedicated to Saint Anne. Saint Anne is the patron saint of mothers, widows and female workers and is invoked to bless pregnancies and against fevers, headaches and stomach aches.
It is then only a short distance from the Hockenalp Chapel to the Lauchernalp. From the Lauchernalp, you can either take the cable car to Wiler or alternatively descend through the "Baannwald" Forest.

Author’s recommendation

In ″Riedhaltu", between ″Zubenbach″ and ″Gafenbach″ above the village of Kippel , is the Riedhaltä Bird Sanctuary. A path runs through this area, which offers a perfect chance to see and hear native bird species. The best time for a tour of the Lötschental bird species is from the end of April to June.
Ornithologists can purchase a book on native species from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office, www.loetschental.ch/webshop or from all of the hotels in the Lötschental for CHF 10.00. The book ist currently only available in German.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2060 m
Lowest point
1385 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

  • 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

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

Start

Kippel, Post (1382 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.399137, 7.771733
UTM
32T 405578 5139128

Destination

Mountain station "Lauchernalp, Holz"

Turn-by-turn directions

Kippel - Hockenalp - Lauchernalp

Public transport

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

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the village of Ferden to Kippel, Post.

Parking

You can park your car in the Kippel car park (not free).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.2 km
Duration
2:10 h
Ascent
725 m
Descent
145 m
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