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Glacier trail and Lämmeren mountain refuge

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  • Sonnenuntergang auf dem Lämmerenboden
    / Sonnenuntergang auf dem Lämmerenboden
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  • / Lämmerensee
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  • / Die Lämmerenhütte SAC
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  • / Ausblick auf dem Lämmerengletscher und dem Schwarzhorn
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  • / Lämmerendalu
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  • / Ausblick auf dem Schneehorn und Wildstrubel
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Hike along the glacier trail across the Lämmerenboden plateau, from the Gemmi Pass to the Lämmeren hut. Located at the foot of the Wildstrubel massif, the refuge offers fine views of the Valais Alps.
Distance 10 km
3:15 h
460 m
460 m

Discover the dramatic rocky Alpine terrain around the Wildstrubel massif on this hike to the Lämmeren mountain refuge and back. The route crosses the Lämmerenboden plateau, with its fissured calcareous rock and mounds of schist. The warden of the Lämmeren hut has created a glacier trail here in collaboration with the University of Bern. Along the trail, information stations provide fascinating information on the geology, landscape features and biology of this unique environment. A brochure on the theme trail is available.

At the far end of Lämmerenboden, a climb of about 200 vertical metres leads to the Lämmeren refuge. Difficult passages are secured with chains. With a little luck, you may spot some of the ibex that regularly gather in the vicinity of the hut. Assorted trails offer the chance to explore the surrounding landscapes; climbing enthusiasts can choose from a number of routes of varying difficulty.

For the return leg of the hike, follow the same route back as far as Lämmerenboden, and then walk eastwards to the Lämmerensee lake. When you reach the left bank of the Lämmerendalu river, you rejoin the glacier trail. A little before the Daubensee lake, the trail branches to the right to return to the Gemmi Pass.

Author’s recommendation

Pause for a break at the Lämmeren refuge and enjoy the fruit tart, freshly baked every day.

You can extend the hike by about an hour and a half by following a different route back from the cabin: not across Lämmerenboden but via Rote Totz Lücke, Rote Chumme and the Daubensee.

The shores of the Daubensee offer a refreshing spot to relax for a while. The water of the Lämmerendalu river flows out of the lake via an underground route and only resurfaces more than 1,200 vertical metres lower down, below the village of Varen. 

Highest point
Lämmerenhütte SAC, 2,502 m
Lowest point
Gemmi Pass, 2,207 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

SAC Hütte - Lämmerenhütte

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. My Leukerbad accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • 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.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 


Gemmi Pass (2,337 m)
2'613'654E 1'138'562N
46.398278, 7.616175
46°23'53.8"N 7°36'58.2"E
32T 393619 5139230


Gemmi Pass

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike begins at the Gemmi Pass, which you can reach by cable car or on foot from Leukerbad. The trail climbs very gently along the Lämmerendalu river across the Lämmerenboden plateau. Before the final climb to the Swiss Alpine Club hut, about 200 vertical metres higher, you cross the river and then follow a well-made trail up to the mountain refuge. Afterwards, return to Lämmerenboden via the same route. Once you reach the plateau, take the left turning in the direction of the Lämmerensee lake, and then follow the left bank of the Lämmerendalu back towards the Gemmi Pass.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Leuk can be reached by train (SBB), then by bus (LLB - Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) to the starting point in Leukerbad. Find full timetable information at

Getting there

From Basel and Zurich: A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; direction Kandersteg; Kandersteg - Goppenstein car transport; direction Gampel; Leuk - Leukerbad.

From Geneva: Motorway A1 to Lausanne; direction Sion/Sierre; Leuk - Leukerbad.

From Milan: Motorway A8/A26 direction Simplon; car transport Iselle-Brig; direction Leuk - Leukerbad.


Different underground car parks in Leukerbad. Follow the local car park routeing in Leukerbad.


2'613'654E 1'138'562N
46.398278, 7.616175
46°23'53.8"N 7°36'58.2"E
32T 393619 5139230
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Leukerbad has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region and will give you detailled information about this hike.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1267 Gemmi 


We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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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August 14, 2020 · Community

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460 m
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