The approx. 5-hour walk from Binn to Schaplersee is a scenic but little-used hike with the option of returning to either Fäld, Heiligkreuz or Binn.
Distance 7.9 km
The picturesque village of Binn, with its arched bridge dating back to Roman times, is part of the Binntal Valley Nature Park. The valley is known for its untouched nature as well as for its minerals, which is why it is a popular destination for those in search of minerals. Don’t miss the idyllic Schaplersee, located below the Binner Stockhorn at an altitude of 2237 meters above sea level in the midst of lush alpine meadows in a basin bordered by the Stockhorn to the east and the Hirli to the west. A very worthwhile destination, this beautiful mountain lake may well be blanketed in snow in July, and offers a panoramic view over the Saflischpass, Breithorn, Twingischlucht, Eggerhorn, along with the Schweifegrat with the Fülhorn, Rappehorn, Turbehorn and the Hohsandhorn.
Stop for a snack in Binn and at the end of the tour in Fäld or Heiligkreuz.
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.
For all hikes:
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Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
Close gates after passing through.
Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
Do not leave any waste in nature.
For mountain hikes:
Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
For high-altitude hikes:
Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.
From Binn (departure also possible from Fäld or Heiligkreuz), walk towards Wilere, where you’ll reach the parish church of St. Michael, a building that can be seen from afar. Continue along the stone houses and follow the Reckibach to the edge of the forest. Very steep in places, the trail to Schaplerstafel begins here. From here, turn left into the forest towards Salzgeb a pine forest that is gradually replaced by larch trees. On arrival at the Hockbode plateau, at 2,100 metres above sea level, the view opens up onto a magnificent setting. Only one more climb to Schaplersee at 2,237m remains. The return journey passes through Hockbode, Dri Stafle, Mässerchäller and ends in Imfeld or Binn.
all notes on protected areas
Scheduled train to Fiesch (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn), then take a Post Bus to Binn.
Detailed train and Post Bus times on cff.ch and Bus Alpin services at: busalpin.ch.
A9 motorway to Brig followed by the cantonal road to Lax. Shortly after Lax, turn right and follows signs for Ernen / Binn. Park at either the start or finish of the walk and use the Bus Alpin to complete the loop.
Large car parks just outside the villages of Binn and Imfeld