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Gommer Nachtloipe

Cross-Country Skiing · Valais
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  • Cross-country skiing by night at the Nachtloipe in Obergoms
    / Cross-country skiing by night at the Nachtloipe in Obergoms
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus
m 1450 1400 1350 4 3 2 1 km Obergesteln Ulrichen
This is where night transforms into day: from mid-December to mid-March, the trail between Obergesteln and Ulrichen will be illuminated every evening from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. It promises to be a very special experience indeed.
Skating, Classic
easy
Distance 4.6 km
0:45 h
12 m
12 m

Cross-country skiing at night? No problem! On the trail between Ulrichen and Obergesteln, night transforms into day. During the winter season, the trail is illuminated so that it's bright as day every evening until 9:30pm.

The trail follows the Rhône for a stretch of four-and-a-half kilometres, before branching off a short while to follow the Ägene river, which has its source in the Nufenen region. This is a flat trail, particularly suited for beginners and pacemakers.

You’ll also find plenty of cosy restaurants along the Nachtloipe, providing a welcome opportunity to head inside and warm your spirits. The trail can be reached by taking the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to Obergesteln or Ulrichen railway stations. Rail travel is included in the trail tariff.

The Nordic Centre in Ulrichen is open to all cross-country skiers and winter hikers. The centre offers showers and toilet facilities, cloakroom, wax room and a snack bar.

Author’s recommendation

Have a rest at one of the numerous restaurants along the slope and warm yourself with a tea or a hot chocolate.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Golf course Obergesteln, 1,359 m
Lowest point
Grossi Stude, 1,347 m
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at skiers’ own risk. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • 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 with you waste from others.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 

Start

Nordic Snow Sports Centre, Ulrichen or train station in Obergesteln (1,353 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'668'131E 1'151'734N
DD
46.513444, 8.326399
DMS
46°30'48.4"N 8°19'35.0"E
UTM
32T 448326 5151317
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Destination

Nordic Snow Sports Centre, Ulrichen or train station in Obergesteln

Turn-by-turn directions

Parking at the nordic sports centre in Ulrichen or at the train station in Obergesteln (track 643). Follow the local car park routeing. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Frequent CFF train connections from all over Switzerland to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Ulrichen (1h 15). You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. Find full timetable information at www.cff.ch

Getting there

From Brig, follow the cantonal route 19 "Furkastrasse" for 37km until you arrive in Ulrichen. You can travel to the Goms valley coming from Zurich or Lucerne as well. 

Parking

Parking at the nordic sports centre in Ulrichen or at the train station in Obergesteln. Follow the local car park routeing. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'668'131E 1'151'734N
DD
46.513444, 8.326399
DMS
46°30'48.4"N 8°19'35.0"E
UTM
32T 448326 5151317
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist offices in the Goms valley have got brochures and information material about cross-country skiing. 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 265S Nufenenpass

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good cross-country skiing equipment
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen

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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.6 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
12 m
Descent
12 m
Classic Skating Circular route Refreshment stops available Insider tip

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