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Regional hiking trail

Gross Kastel (Nr. 63)

Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
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  • The Gross Kastel above Randa
    / The Gross Kastel above Randa
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leo Julen
  • / Summit cross on the Gross Kastel with breathtaking panoramic view
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Joana Dupertuis
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The hike leads up a lesser-known mountain, the Gross Kastel (2,830 m). Beautiful view of the Bis Glacier and its crevasses.
difficult
6.1 km
3:40 h
1489 m
221 m

This hike, classified as difficult, crosses a variety of alpine landscapes. The trail initially follows the cascading Bisbach river before climbing steeper slopes into rocky terrain where hikers may need to use their hands at times. The path finally leads up slopes of scree to reach the Gross Kastel summit plateau, which rewards walkers with beautiful views.

  • Summit cross
  • View of Täsch, Randa, Matter valley
  • Impressive view of nearby Weisshorn
  • View of Brunegghorn (3,833 m)

Author’s recommendation

Along the hiking trail on the right is certainly the impressive rockslide from 1991.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2827 m
Lowest point
1405 m
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Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
  • Beware: railway crossing

Start

Randa (1,439 m) (1410 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.099907, 7.781851
DMS
46°05'59.7"N 7°46'54.7"E
UTM
32T 405846 5105869
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Destination

Gross Kastel (2,830 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Randa - Gross Kastel

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 3h)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Randa: less than 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Randa.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.

Coordinates

DD
46.099907, 7.781851
DMS
46°05'59.7"N 7°46'54.7"E
UTM
32T 405846 5105869
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from the guest information centre in Randa, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.1 km
Duration
3:40h
Ascent
1489 m
Descent
221 m
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