The route fascinates hikers of all ages again and again. Alpine and southern vegetation alternate - and there are always beautiful views of the Rhone Valley. Along the way you can admire typical old Valais houses as well as masterpieces of railway construction from the early 20th century - for example the Luogelkin viaduct between Hohtenn and Ausserberg. In the Bietschtal valley, the hiking trail follows the route of the old construction railway. The old irrigation channels, the suonen, are impressive. They meander for several kilometres along rugged cliffs, testifying to the courage and skill of their builders.
On the way there are numerous opportunities for side trips down to the valley or up to the higher Alps. You can walk the 23 km long Lötschberger south ramp as a whole or in sections. Starting points are the stations Hohtenn, Ausserberg, Eggerberg, Lalden and Brig. Brigerbad and Mund can be reached by post bus.
Rest StopThermal resort at Brigerbad
Hotel De Londres
Hotel Good Night Inn
Hotel Garni Europe
Gästehaus St. Ursula
Schlosshotel - Self Check-In Hotel
Restaurant Pizzeria Channa
Restaurant Steakhouse zum Eidgenossen
Ristorante Pizzeria Conti
De la Place
Artisti Ristorante Pizzeria Bar Caffe
Migros Restaurant & Take Away
Yuan-China Restaurant & Take Away
Restaurant des Cheminots
Safety informationThe hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker.
Tips and hints
Guided railway hike: Several times a year there is a guide railway hike from Hohtenn to Ausserberg.
Getting thereTake the "RegioExpress Lötschberger" train to the desired stop on the Lötschberger Südrampe hiking trail.
ParkingParking is available in Brig and at the railway stations.
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EquipmentEquipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.