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.
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:
Getting thereFrom 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.
ParkingParking at the nordic sports centre in Ulrichen or at the train station in Obergesteln. Follow the local car park routeing.
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- good cross-country skiing equipment
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
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
- Cross-country skiing gloves
- 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.