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Gspon-Trail

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  • View of the Galehorn
    / View of the Galehorn
    Photo: Gspon Tourismus
  • / View through the trees to the snow-covered landscape
    Photo: Gspon Tourismus
  • / A rustic house on the trail
    Photo: Gspon Tourismus
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Enjoy the absolute tranquillity of nature high above the Vispertal valley on the Gspon Trail. The sunny plateau is the touristic heart of the municipality of Staldenried. Small yet beautiful, it offers spectacular views of the Valais mountain landscape.
easy
Distance 3.4 km
1:21 h
186 m
184 m
1,988 m
1,812 m
Car-free, Gspon is a small but popular holiday destination offering a hotel restaurant, village shop, holiday apartments and group accommodation. The region is a jewel, not least because of its picturesque Valais houses and storehouses, which lend it a special charm. Gspon is located in the region with the lowest rainfall rate in Switzerland, and it has the highest tree line in the Alps. Speaking of altitude: this little Valais hamlet is home to the highest football pitch in Europe, the Ottmar Hitzfeld Arena, which is also on the route of the Gspon Trail. The easy snowshoe hike at more than 2,000 metres in altitude leads around the alpine landscape of Gspon, which benefits from lots of mid-winter sunshine. You’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent view of the village and the surrounding four-thousand-metre peaks throughout most of the hike. The Gspon Trail makes a fun family snowshoe hike, as it’s perfect for children with experience on similar terrain.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at Wierli lake to enjoy the tranquillity and the exceptional alpine panorama.

Stop off at the Rondell après-ski bar on the way back and round out your snowshoe experience with a delicious Gspon coffee.

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Zum Wald, 1,988 m
Lowest point
Hobord, 1,812 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

Use of the snowshoe 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.

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

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Gpson

Start

Gspon (1,892 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'635'766E 1'119'407N
DD
46.225164, 7.902203
DMS
46°13'30.6"N 7°54'07.9"E
UTM
32T 415340 5119650
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Destination

Gspon

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of the Gspon Trail is the mountain station of the Staldenried-Gspon cable car at 1,899 metres in altitude. From there, the 4.08km trail leads up to the Ottmar Hitzfeld Arena, below the valley station of the Gspon ski lift and via the hamlets of Summerhüs and Ze Hiischinu towards the high-altitude trail. From Grifolegga, the trail leads to Wierli lake under the canopy of the forest via a pleasant and well-maintained path. The last part of the trail towards Scheidbodo, Waldegga and back to the Ottmar Hitzfeld Arena makes for a diverse, pleasant tour in the snow.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Accessible by train and bus. From Visp station to Staldenried and by cable car to Gspon.

Getting there

Motorway A9 direction Visp. Main road direction Saas-Fee / Zermatt junction Staldenried.

Parking

Parkings in Stalden or Staldenried.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'635'766E 1'119'407N
DD
46.225164, 7.902203
DMS
46°13'30.6"N 7°54'07.9"E
UTM
32T 415340 5119650
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Gspon has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50’000: 274S Visp

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)

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.4 km
Duration
1:21 h
Ascent
186 m
Descent
184 m
Highest point
1,988 m
Lowest point
1,812 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Flora and fauna Clear area Forest
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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