Background of the trail
The grazing and mowing of alpine meadows has shaped the alpine landscape for centuries, without which the meadows would quickly become shrubby and wooded. Alpine farming has therefore not only determined the life and culture of the Lötschental, but has also created the cultural landscape typical of the Alps - a landscape that makes the valley so special and attractive. Rich meadows, the ringing of cowbells, the humming of bees and locusts, an incredible mountain backdrop with sharp ridges and glistening glaciers.The romantic idea that most people associate with the theme of the alp is, however, often a deceptive one. Because life on the alp used to be associated with hard work, and the reward for the effort was modest. The rough weather on the mountain and the forces of nature have caused additional difficulties for the farmers and claimed many victims.