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Fiesch - Bellwald Trail

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  • Schneeschuhwanderung Fiesch - Gibelegga - St. Anna - Bellwald
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From the Valais village of Bellwald and ancient hamlets to the modern Goms Bridge, the snowshoe tour is packed with stunning contrasts. Discover the Valais of yesterday and today!
closed
moderate
Distance 3.7 km
2:30 h
514 m
13 m
The starting point for the snowshoe hike is the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car. From there, you walk along Bregeraweg until you reach the fork leading to Bellwald. After crossing the snow-covered forest, you reach Gibelegga. From here, walk up to the St. Anne’s Chapel near the site of the former Valais hamlets of “Z’Mettje” and “Ze Fälle”. The route continues over open terrain to Bellwald, one of the oldest and best-preserved mountain villages in Valais. From here you are afforded beautiful views of Goms and Fiesch. Take the Fürgangenbahn cable car back down into the valley and continue your journey to Fiesch by train.

Author’s recommendation

In Fürgangen, the spectacular Goms Bridge crosses the Rhone at a height of 92m. Experience this awe-inspiring suspension bridge and dare to look down!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: April 27, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Fiesch, 1,559 m
Lowest point
Bellwald, 1,059 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Winter sports report

 

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 

  • 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.

  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.

  • 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 uncertainweather, turn back in good time.

  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.

  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

     

Note(s) 
The altitude and the route mean that good footwear is absolutely essential for this winter hike. 

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin. Use of the trails is at your own risk! 

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG 
Furkastrasse 39 
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch  

Start

Fiesch, Aletsch Zoo (1,058 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'653'633E 1'139'482N
DD
46.404552, 8.136081
DMS
46°24'16.4"N 8°08'09.9"E
UTM
32T 433594 5139360
w3w 
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Destination

Bellwald, top station of aerial cable car

Turn-by-turn directions

Valley station of Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car – Gibelegga – St. Anne’s Chapel – Bellwald

The starting point for the snowshoe hike is the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car. From there, you walk along Bregeraweg until you reach the fork leading to Bellwald. After crossing the snow-covered forest, you reach Gibelegga. From here, walk up to the St. Anne’s Chapel near the site of the former Valais hamlets of “Z’Mettje” and “Ze Fälle”. The route continues over open terrain to Bellwald, one of the oldest and best-preserved mountain villages in Valais. From here you are afforded beautiful views of Goms and Fiesch. Take the Fürgangenbahn cable car back down into the valley and continue your journey to Fiesch by train.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, on foot to the starting point of the snowshoe hike at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, then follow Furkastrasse to the valley station of the Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'653'633E 1'139'482N
DD
46.404552, 8.136081
DMS
46°24'16.4"N 8°08'09.9"E
UTM
32T 433594 5139360
w3w 
///belonged.prowess.reefs
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Equipment

We recommend:

  • good, waterproof footwear

  • snowshoes

  • hiking poles

  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket

  • hat or cap

  • sunscreen

  • bottle for water, picnic

  • camera

  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)


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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
514 m
Descent
13 m
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