A contemplative circular hike through the village of Kippel.
The circular hike starts with a visit to the parish church of Kippel. The first House of God was built in the Lötschental in the 12th century and it has been extended several times since then. The present church was built in a baroque style between 1740 and 1742 and was dedicated to Saint Martin in 1742 by Bishop Blatter. The last renovation took place in 1977/1978. The anniversary of the church with a procession of the Grenadiers of God is held on the third Sunday in June or on the Sunday prior to Saint John's Day. The route follows the steps down to reach the large square in the old part of the village, where the houses were predominantly built in the 16th and 17th century. The route descends to the River Lonza, where we cross the bridge and follow the signposts for the Gattunalp. Passing through the larch forest brings us to the shrine to Saint Hubert, situated right in the middle of the forest affording a wonderful view of Kippel. A statue of Saint Hubert with a stag, carrying a cross between its antlers, stands in the shrine. Saint Hubert is the patron saint of huntsmen. The route continues to the highest point of the trail on the Gattunalp. There is a cross made of tree trunks at "Schaffärichu" (the gathering place of sheep). From here we return on the path and cross the "Chastlerra" Stream, following the signposts through the "Chastlerwald" Forest to "Bifig". From there, we continue on to the shrine on the "Chastlereggu", dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. This path then leads back to the church.
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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
Kippel, Altersheim (“Nursing Home”) (1387 m)
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Kippel, Altersheim (“Nursing Home”)
Kippel - Gattunalp - Kippel
The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Kippel ("Kippel Altersheim" postbus stop).
Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the village of Ferden to Kippel Altersheim (“Nursing Home”).
You can park your car in the Kippel car park (not free).
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