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Fiesch - Fiescheralp Trail

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  • Schneeschuhwanderung Fiesch - Heimatt - Fiescheralp
    / Schneeschuhwanderung Fiesch - Heimatt - Fiescheralp
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  • / Schneeschuhwanderung Fiesch - Heimatt - Fiescheralp
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You have to be fit to make it all the way from the valley up to Fiescheralp! But the climb through the idyllic forest, past picturesque Valais houses, is well worth the effort.
closed
moderate
Distance 5.2 km
3:30 h
1,121 m
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The snowshoe hike starts on valley floor, in Fiesch. The path winds in tight serpentines through the snow-covered forest up to Fiescherstafel. After an ascent that requires quite some stamina, the beautifully situated, idyllic hamlet invites you to take a well-deserved breather with tremendous views. Here you leave the forest behind you. Parallel to the Heimatt piste, the snowshoe tour now continues uphill over open terrain to your destination on Fiescheralp.

Author’s recommendation

With its quaint Valais houses, Fiescherstafel is a unique spot for a break and some photos. Especially as snowshoes make it look like the olden days.
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Author
Aletsch Arena AG
Update: April 27, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Fiesch, 2,210 m
Lowest point
Fiescheralp, 1,090 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   

 

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Start

Fiesch, Birchi (1,089 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'653'172E 1'138'994N
DD
46.400205, 8.130036
DMS
46°24'00.7"N 8°07'48.1"E
UTM
32T 433124 5138882
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Destination

Fiescheralp, top station of aerial cable car Fiesch-Fiescheralp

Turn-by-turn directions

The snowshoe hike starts on valley floor, in Fiesch. The path winds in tight serpentines through the snow-covered forest up to Fiescherstafel. After an ascent that requires quite some stamina, the beautifully situated, idyllic hamlet invites you to take a well-deserved breather with tremendous views. Here you leave the forest behind you. Parallel to the Heimatt piste, the snowshoe tour now continues uphill over open terrain to your destination on Fiescheralp.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, on foot to the start of the tour in the Birchi district.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, follow Furkastrasse as far as the parking facilities.

Parking

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'653'172E 1'138'994N
DD
46.400205, 8.130036
DMS
46°24'00.7"N 8°07'48.1"E
UTM
32T 433124 5138882
w3w 
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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
5.2 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
1,121 m
Public-transport-friendly Clear area Forest Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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