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Mountain Hike

Lauchernalp - Faldumalp - Niwen

Mountain Hike · Wallis · closed
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  • / Niwen (Einigs Alichji) 2'769m ü.M.
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A rewarding high-level tour from the Lauchernalp to the Niwen.
closed
moderate
11.3 km
4:40 h
1255 m
505 m
From the Lauchernalp, head along the Lötschental Alpine Trail, past the Kummenalp and the Restialp to the Faldumalp where you can visit the wonderful chapel dedicated to "Maria zum Schnee" (Our Lady of the Snow). You are also treated to a magnificent view over the entire Lötschental valley from the Faldumalp. The path to the Niwen is signposted from the Faldumalp and passes through impressive colossal causeways and avalanche protection built by the BLS. The onward climb via Stritungrat and Niwengrat is an easy one and you will only need to hold on in one short section. You will soon reach the peak of the Niwen (2,769 m above sea level), where a magnificent vista opens up across the Valais Rhone Valley and into the Lötschental.

Author’s recommendation

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

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2720 m
Lowest point
1970 m
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Rest Stop

Zur Wildi

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!

Start

Mountain station "Lauchernalp, Holz" (1967 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.410834, 7.773557
UTM
32T 405739 5140426

Destination

Niwen

Turn-by-turn directions

Lauchernalp - Kummenalp - Restialp - Faldumalp - Niwen

 


Optional descents:

  • Niwen - Faldumalp - Ferden (gentle descent along a nature trail)
  • Niwen - Faldumalp - Lauchernalp (and then continue by cable car or on foot to Wiler)
  • Niwen - Faldumalp - Goppenstein Normal (somewhat steeper descent via Haselleen)
  • Niwen - Jeizinen - Gampel

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.

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.

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


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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.3 km
Duration
4:40h
Ascent
1255 m
Descent
505 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Cableway ascent/descent

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