A lovely hike from the Bernse Oberland via the Lötschenpass into the Valais.
In Selden start the first stage of the hike with the climb to the Lötschenpass, the history-steeped pass from the Bernese Oberland into the Valais. As it culminates at 2,690 m above sea level, crossing the Lötschenpass takes a great deal of stamina, but the view across the mountains around the Lötschental and the Kandertal valleys is all the more magnificent for it. The view across to the mighty Bietschhorn and beyond the Rhone valley to the Mischabel range is particularly breathtaking. On your hike you will traverse the length of the glacier "Lötschengletscher" for a kilometre of so, wide stretches of which are covered by stones and rocks in every colour imaginable; every now and then blue ice glistens through the rocks. Melt water gurgles through small channels and here and there the water has flushed out deep, meandering trenches through which the water rushes until it disappears through a hole. However, the glacier can be crossed with ease in hiking boots. The route reaches the Lötschenpass and the Lötschenpass Hut shortly after this awe-inspiring natural landscape where you can fortify yourself for the second stage of the hike (an overnight stay in the Lötschenpass Hut is also possible).
Then head from the Lötschenpass towards Lauchernalp on the well-marked hiking trail. You will reach the Lauchernalp after a descent of about 2 hours and 10 minutes. From there, either take the cable car back to Wiler or descend on foot.
The 1: 25,000 scale hiking map is your perfect companion for an unforgettable day's hiking in the Lötschental. Available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop
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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!
Tips, hints and links
Lötschenpass Hut - Come to the first “Minergie” mountain hut in the Alps, savour the view across the Valais peaks, let the hut team to pamper you, discover nature all around the lodge, stay in spacious dormitory rooms, gaze at the stars in the suites - and come back again. More information at: Tel. +41 (0)27 939 19 81 www.loetschenpass.ch
Take the BLS Lötschenberg excursion train to Kandersteg. A bus runs from Kandersteg railway station into the Gasterental valley and to Selden (reservations are essential: Tel. +41 (0)33 671 11 729).
Drive as far as Kandersteg railway station. Park your car there. A bus runs from Kandersteg railway station into the Gasterental valley and to Selden (reservations are essential: Tel. +41 (0)33 671 11 729). The bus runs regularily between June and September (Please inform yourself before your trip).
You can park your car at the Kandersteg railway station car park (not free).