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Blatten - Fafleralp

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  • Loipe Blatten - Fafleralp
    / Loipe Blatten - Fafleralp
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Loipe Blatten - Fafleralp
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Loipe Blatten - Fafleralp
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Loipe Blatten - Fafleralp
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
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Wonderful cross-country trail from Blatten to the Fafleralp right through the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Open
Skating, Classic
moderate
Distance 10.3 km
3:00 h
350 m
350 m
1,790 m
1,530 m

The start is in the immediate vicinity of the "Blatten Post" post bus station and the large car park. At first the trail is relatively flat until Kühmatt. Here you can then visit the baroque chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary - the destination of regional pilgrimages and one of the most impressive places of grace in the valley. The present chapel was built under Prior Bartholomäus Indergassen, 1646 - 1663. Take time to linger quietly in this place of faith and trace the depths of your own heart.

After a further relatively flat stretch, the road climbs in serpentine curves up to the Fafleralp. Here in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a loop leads even further into unspoilt nature. Back at Fafleralp, the route takes the same route back to Blatten.

ATTENTION: Mixed traffic!

Author’s recommendation

All-inclusive cross-country active day

Interested in trying cross-country skiing but don't have the kit? No problem - for CHF 42.00 you can have a day's cross-country skiing in the Lötschental, kitted out with top equipment. The offer includes:

  • Hire of cross-country ski equipment (classic)
  • A one-day cross-country day pass for the Lötschental
  • A hot non-alcoholic drink in a restaurant of your choice

The offer including skating equipment is available for CHF 52.00.

You can reserve this offer at the Lötschental information point in Wiler and at the Lötschental Cross-country Centre in Blatten.

 

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Author
Adrian Schnyder 
Update: December 31, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,790 m
Lowest point
1,530 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Breithorn
Edelweiss
Zum Fröhlichen Jass
Fafleralp

Safety information

  • Plan every cross-country skiing trip carefully
  • Make sure that the equipment is suitable and complete
  • Never go on a tour alone- Inform relatives, friends, the hut keeper or the hotel porter about your tour. Report back on arrival at your destination
  • Observe the weather development constantly
  • Observe the principle: in case of doubt turn back!

Tips and hints

Cross-Country Skiing Pass Prices

  • Lötschental season pass CHF 50.00
  • Kandersteg - Lötschental regional pass CHF 860.00
  • Swiss cross-country skiing pass CHF 140.00
  • Day pass CHF 8.00
  • Week pass CHF 40.00

Cross-country skiing passes can be obtained from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop, in hotels, restaurants, Cecil's Loipenstube in Blatten.

Start

Blatten, Post (1,533 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'493E 1'141'070N
DD
46.420338, 7.822276
DMS
46°25'13.2"N 7°49'20.2"E
UTM
32T 409499 5141425
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Destination

Blatten, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is in the immediate vicinity of the "Blatten Post" post bus station and the large car park. At first the trail is relatively flat until Kühmatt. Here you can then visit the baroque chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary - the destination of regional pilgrimages and one of the most impressive places of grace in the valley. The present chapel was built under Prior Bartholomäus Indergassen, 1646 - 1663. Take time to linger quietly in this place of faith and trace the depths of your own heart.

After a further relatively flat stretch, the road climbs in serpentine curves up to the Fafleralp. Here in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a loop leads even further into unspoilt nature. Back at Fafleralp, the route takes the same route back to Blatten.

ATTENTION: Mixed traffic!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Blatten ("Blatten, Post" postbus stop). Then proceed on foot to the trail access.

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel and Wiler to Blatten as far as the old post office. Proceed on foot to the trail access.

Parking

You can park your car in the car park next to the old post office in Blatten (not free).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'493E 1'141'070N
DD
46.420338, 7.822276
DMS
46°25'13.2"N 7°49'20.2"E
UTM
32T 409499 5141425
w3w 
///hazelnuts.trader.directors
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Order the "Panorama Map" free of charge at the Lötschental information point or at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte

Equipment

Cross-country ski hire:

Basic Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Cross-country skiing gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap

Technical Equipment for Cross-Country Skiing

  • Cross-country skis
  • Cross-country ski bindings
  • Cross-country boots
  • Cross-country poles
  • Waxes if required
  • 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.

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Rating

2.3
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Katrin Larsson
March 08, 2020 · Community
Die Landschaft ist wirklich super. Aber als Langlaufgebiet nicht zu empfehlen. Die Skating Loipe ist nicht befahrbar, da diese sehr rege vom Fussgängern genutzt wird. Die klassische Loipe ist machbar, aber kein großer Spaßfaktor.
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When did you do this route? March 08, 2020
Annina Müller
January 08, 2020 · Community
War letzten Samstag (4. Januar) dort. Perfekte Bedingungen, eine Unmenge an Schnee und eine frisch gemachte Piste fast für mich alleine - sie wird tatsächlich mit Fussgängern geteilt, was die Qualität am Samstag jedoch nicht beeinträchtigte. Die Aussicht von der Fafleralp (Aussichtspunkt) ist super!! Komme gerne wieder!!
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When did you do this route? January 04, 2020
Däneler ittam
December 28, 2019 · Community
Loipe muss mit Fussgängern geteilt werden (Stand 28.12.19), dementsprechend katastrophal ist der Loipenzustand. Ab Blatten aufwärts ist die Loipe praktisch nicht mehr fahrbar. Ausnahme: 3km-Schlaufe zwischen Wiler und Blatten. Bitte ändern und Langlauf (Skating) von Fussgängern trennen, danke!
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When did you do this route? December 28, 2019

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Status
Open
cross-country skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
350 m
Highest point
1,790 m
Lowest point
1,530 m
Classic Skating Out and back Scenic Cultural/historical interest Insider tip

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