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Gebirgswald Circular Hike

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  • Kirche Kippel
    / Kirche Kippel
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  • / Beinhaus, Kippel
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  • / Pieta, Beinhaus Kippel
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Bildstöckli Hubertus, Kippel
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  • / Bildstöckli Chaschtläregga, Kippel
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  • / Lötschentaler Museum, Kippel
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  • / Kirche Kippel
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A contemplative circular hike through the village of Kippel.
closed
moderate
Distance 9.7 km
3:05 h
675 m
655 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

Order a free copy of the "Walking and Pilgrimages" brochure from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte
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Author
Sandra Stockinger
Update: November 02, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,945 m
Lowest point
1,352 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 and hints

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, Altersheim (“Nursing Home”) (1,387 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'625'669E 1'138'737N
DD
46.399503, 7.772404
DMS
46°23'58.2"N 7°46'20.7"E
UTM
32T 405631 5139168
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Destination

Kippel, Altersheim (“Nursing Home”)

Turn-by-turn directions

Kippel - Gattunalp - Kippel

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the village of Ferden to Kippel Altersheim (“Nursing Home”).

Parking

You can park your car in the Kippel car park (not free).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'625'669E 1'138'737N
DD
46.399503, 7.772404
DMS
46°23'58.2"N 7°46'20.7"E
UTM
32T 405631 5139168
w3w 
///rewarded.grunt.coolest
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • Religious objects and material as required

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Pilgrim ID card
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.7 km
Duration
3:05 h
Ascent
675 m
Descent
655 m
Circular route Scenic Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights Insider tip

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