The high trail from Giw to Gspon forms part of the Great Walser Trail from Zermatt to the Kleinwalsertal. One thousand years ago, descendants of a Germanic people settled in the upper Valais. The Walsers were used to life in the high mountains and keen to migrate further and create new settlements in previously uninhabited mountain regions. The Great Walser Trail does not follow the migration routes of people from Valais, but instead connects the various sites linked with traditional Walser culture.
Starting point for the hike is the summit station of the chairlift from Visperterminen to Giw. A steep ascent through forest and then across open terrain leads to the Gibidum Pass. It is well worth making the detour via the Gibidumsee lake, fed by the Heido, one of the historical “Suonen” (irrigation channels) of Valais. The shallow lake (2 m) quickly warms up in summer: perfect for a refreshing dip!
All along the trail, you enjoy glorious views of the Vispertal valley as well as dramatic peaks from the Bietschhorn and Balfrin to the Weisshorn (4,506 m). The path leads mostly along the treeline but also passes through sections of the Lochwald and Riedjiwald forests. Here, in autumn, hikers often hear the belling of stags in rut. However, to actually see one of these fine creatures in the thick forest requires rather more luck.
At Sädolti, the trail starts its descent to Gspon, a car-free mountain village that has carefully preserved its original charm. Gspon is also known as home to Europe’s highest football pitch, the «Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena».
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.
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A9 motorway and cantonal road 9 to Visp. Follow the signs for Visperterminen, taking the Terbinerstrasse road via Unterstalden and Oberstalden to Visperterminen.
At the Giw chairlift, hikers can buy a round ticket that includes the chairlift up to Giw, the cable car from Gspon down to Stalden and the PostBus from Stalden back to Visperterminen.
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