The Lötschental Panoramic Trail from the Fafleralp to the Faldumalp is one of the classic routes in our hiking region, however, only very few people know that there are many chapels sited along this route.
The hike begins at the Fafleralp where, in the forest close to the Hotel Fafleralp, the Fafleralp Chapel is hidden. This chapel was built in 1959. In the chapel, the visitor's gaze is drawn to a narrow wrought-iron cross behind the altar, which is unusual and inspires many visitors to reflect. The patron saint of the chapel is Saint Bernhard, who is the patron saint of Alpine dwellers, mountain climbers and skiers. The Panoramic Trail then continues towards the Weritzalp and the Weritzalp Chapel. Originally there was a shrine here in honour of Saint Anthony of Padua, around which a modest timber chapel was later erected. The altar table, made of a stone slab, also gives the chapel a unique aura. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of the poor, married couples, lovers, swineherds and travellers and he is invoked in cases of cattle diseases, lost objects, as well as for good births and good harvests. The next chapel along the trail is the chapel on the Lauchernalp, which was built in 2002 and is dedicated to Brother Klaus of Flüe. This newest chapel in the Lötschental is particularly striking because of its modern and individual architecture. The next chapel along the Panoramic Trail can be found on the Hockenalp and was built in 1959. Its patron saint is Saint Anne, Mother of Mary. The depiction of Saint Anne, Mother of Mary, and the Christ Child is known as "Anna selbdritt". She is the patron saint of mothers, widows and female workers and is invoked to bless pregnancies as well as against fevers, headaches and stomach aches. Continuing along the Panoramic Trail, we then come to the Kummenalp. The chapel on the Kummenalp was built in 1951 by Otto Werlen and its patron saint is Mary, Queen of Heaven. There is a depiction of the Ascension of Mary on the altarpiece. The last station on the Lötschental Panoramic Trail is the Chapel of "Maria zum Schnee" (Our Lady of the Snow) on the Faldumalp, which was built in 1923 based on plans by Kaplan Supersaxo. The altarpiece shows a depiction of the entombment of Jesus. This route can also be walked in the opposite direction.
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