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Winter Hiking

The Panoramic Hike: Panoramic Alpine Trail

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  • Höhen-Panoramaweg Lauchernalp
    / Höhen-Panoramaweg Lauchernalp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
  • Höhen-Panoramaweg Lauchernalp
    / Höhen-Panoramaweg Lauchernalp
    Photo: Lötschental Tourismus
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Hike along Europe's highest winter hiking trail (3,111 – 3,020 m above sea level).
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easy
1 km
0:50 h
80 m
85 m

This high-altitude panoramic route on the Lauchernalp is Europe's highest winter hiking trail (3,111 - 3,020 m above sea level). The well-prepared route takes you from the Gletscherbahn gondola mountain station to a unique viewpoint offering a view over forty 4000-metre peaks. The panorama is simply unique and it is therefore worth waiting for a sunny day.

The Panoramic Alpine Trail starts behind the Gletscherbahn gondola mountain station, where a wide easy track leads down to the viewpoint, parallel to the ski slope. Two panorama boards erected on the small area above the precipice describe the peaks that can be seen. Allow around 30 to 45 minutes for the return hike along the same track. Back at the mountain station, take the gondola lift and then the 3-seater chair lift to Stafel. From there you can walk down or take the 6-seater chairlift back to the Lauchernalp mountain station.

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
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3111 m
Lowest point
3020 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

Mountain station "Hockenhorngrat" (3082 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.429834, 7.748001
UTM
32T 403808 5142568

Destination

Mountain station "Hockenhorngrat"

Turn-by-turn directions

The high altitude panorama trail leads from the mountain station on the Hockenhorn ridge down to the Schilthorn plateau viewpoint. The same path takes you back to the Hockenhorngrat.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Wiler ("Wiler, Seilbahn" postbus stop). Take the cable car up to the Lauchernalp, then continue on a 6-seater and a 3-seater chairlift to Gandegg mountain station and then take the Gletscherbahn gondola to the Hockenhorngrat.

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden and Kippel as far as Wiler to the valley cable car station. Take the cable car up to the Lauchernalp, then continue on a 6-seater or 3-seater chairlift to the Gandegg mountain station and then take the Gletscherbahn gondola to the Hockenhorngrat.

Parking

You can park your car in the outdoor car park or in the indoor car park beside the cable car valley station (not free).
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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Nolan Mullins
February 10, 2019 · Community
Done at January 26, 2019
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Photo: Nolan Mullins, Community
Photo: Nolan Mullins, Community

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1 km
Duration
0:50h
Ascent
80 m
Descent
85 m
Loop Scenic Family friendly Cableway ascent/descent

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