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Winter Hiking

The Classic Route: Fafleralp Circular Hike

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  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Blatten
    / Blatten
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Kühmatt
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
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Spectacular circular hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Easy route!
closed
moderate
9 km
2:30 h
259 m
259 m

Hike through the snow-clad wintery landscape from Blatten, the uppermost village in the Lötschental, along the wild Lonza River on the valley floor to the renowned pilgrimage site of Kühmatt. The baroque chapel of Mariä Heimsuchung (Visitation of Our Lady) in Kühmatt is the destination of regional pilgrimages. Kühmatt, situated at 1,633 metres above sea level, is one of the most impressive places of grace in the valley. The present chapel was constructed under Pastor Bartholomew Indergassen between 1646 and 1663. Enjoy a moment of tranquillity and reflection before continuing on your hike through the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site towards the Fafleralp.

The winter hiking route winds at a leisurely pace up towards the Fafleralp and, before you know it, you have reached your destination - the Fafleralp. “There is nothing more lovely than the Fafleralp”, wrote loyal guest Charlie Chaplin in the visitors' book at the Hotel Fafleralp some fifty years ago and even today the Fafleralp is a world unto itself. This high-Alpine place of natural power provides energy for both body and mind. See for yourself and savour the magic of the Fafleralp over lunch or coffee and homemade fruit cake. Return to Blatten along the same route.

Author’s recommendation

Order a free copy of the "Cross-country Ski Runs and Winter Hiking Routes" brochure from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1785 m
Lowest point
1530 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide. Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips, hints and links

More information about the destination: 

Lötschental

Start

Blatten, Post (1525 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.419384, 7.819283
UTM
32T 409267 5141323

Destination

Blatten, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

The circular hike starts in Blatten and leads via Kühmatt to Fafleralp. On the same path it goes back to Blatten

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein, the PostBus brings you to Blatten every hour. PostBus stop "Blatten, Post".

Getting there

From Goppenstein you drive into the Lötschental, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel, Wiler to Blatten, at the old post office.

Parking

You can park your car at the car park by the old post office in Blatten (chargeable).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

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Reviews

5.0
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Yury Volkov
February 02, 2019 · Community
Beautiful place, be sure to visit the Flaferalp Restaurant before you turn back. It is best to do this hike during the afternoon - you will get more sun.
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Done at February 02, 2019
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Status
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
259 m
Descent
259 m
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