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Winter Hiking

The Classic Route: Fafleralp Circular Hike

· 1 review · Winter Hiking · Wallis · open
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  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Blatten
    / Blatten
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
    / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / 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
1350 1500 1650 1800 1950 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Kühmatt

Spectacular circular hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Easy route!
open
moderate
9 km
2:30 h
300 m
283 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

  • 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!

Start

Blatten, Post (1529 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.419384, 7.819283
UTM
32T 409267 5141323

Destination

Blatten, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

Blatten - Kühmatt - Fafleralp - Blatten

Public transport

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

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel, Wiler and Blatten to the Fafleralp car park.

Parking

You can park your car in the Fafleralp car park (not free).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Reviews

5.0
(1)
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
open
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
300 m
Descent
283 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value Insider tip

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