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Guggistafel Trail

Snowshoeing · Lötschental · Open
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  • Fafleralp
    / Fafleralp
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  • / Stadeldorf Kühmatt
    Photo: Adrian Schnyder, Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Fafleralp
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A special treat for snowshoe fans
Open
moderate
Distance 10.7 km
3:30 h
392 m
392 m
1,919 m
1,527 m
Follow the winter hiking trail from Blatten to the first bridge. Continue on the left side of the Lonza river to Kühmatt where the winter hiking trail starts again. Although the trail winds its way away from you, continue straight ahead to the Fafleralp car park. When crossing Gletscheralp, keep left until you reach Guggialp. Take the time to enjoy a peaceful moment here before going back down to Fafleralp where you will pass by the hotel and join up with the winter hiking trail through a small forest. Take the nature trail from Kühmatt to Eisten which will lead back to your starting point in Blatten.

Author’s recommendation

Ask a local Lötschental mountain guide to join you on this excursion:

  • Jaggy Benedikt Tel. +41 (0)79 774 83 20
  • Fleck Lutz Phone +41 (0)78 629 47 33

Guided snowshoe hikes are also offered by Henzen Karl, qualified snowshoe hiking guide. Information at www.alpwandern.ch

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Author
Adrian Schnyder 
Update: December 31, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Guggialp, 1,919 m
Lowest point
Blatten, 1,527 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

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.

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

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 

Lötschental

Start

Blatten (1,527 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'316E 1'141'040N
DD
46.420070, 7.819974
DMS
46°25'12.3"N 7°49'11.9"E
UTM
32T 409322 5141398
w3w 

Destination

Blatten

Turn-by-turn directions

Blatten - Kühmatt- Fafleralp - Guggistafel - Fafleralp - Kühmatt - Eisten - Blatten

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein, the PostBus will take you to Blatten every hour. Post bus stop "Blatten, Post".

Getting there

From Goppenstein you drive into the Lötschental, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel, Wiler to Blatten, at the old post office.

Parking

You can park your car at the car park by the old post office in Blatten (subject to charge) or later on at the Fafleralp car park (subject to charge).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'316E 1'141'040N
DD
46.420070, 7.819974
DMS
46°25'12.3"N 7°49'11.9"E
UTM
32T 409322 5141398
w3w 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Snowshoe map Lötschental 1:50,000 - area: Lötschental, Leukerbad, Kandertal, Adelboden, Lenk, Entschligetal (Bernese Oberland / Valais). Available at the Lötschental information point in Wiler or at www.loetschental.ch/webshop

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)

 

Snowshoe rental:

Sporthaus Lauchernalp Gmbh: info@sporthaus-lauchern.ch, Tel. +41 (0)27 939 15 84, www.sporthaus-lauchern.ch

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.

Questions and answers

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Question from Anonymous Adventurer · February 01, 2021 · Community
Guten Abend an Alle ist dieser Schneeschuhtrail mit Markierungen ausgeschildert, wie der Winterwanderweg.? Lieben Danke für Eure Antwort. Bernhard
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Answered by Adrian Schnyder  · February 03, 2021 · Lötschental Marketing AG
Guten Tag Die Beschilderung wurde noch nicht angebracht. Die Wege werden dann mit pinken Pfosten markiert sein und im Einstieg befindet sich eine Infotafel.
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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
392 m
Descent
392 m
Highest point
1,919 m
Lowest point
1,527 m
Circular route Scenic
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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