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Holzji snowshoe trail

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Starting in Blatten, the trail leads via Rischinen, Egga and Holzji to Aletschbord, where you can enjoy fine views of the Great Aletsch Glacier.

 

Open
difficult
Distance 6.5 km
3:20 h
816 m
50 m
2,132 m
1,330 m

Valais: panoramic snowshoe walk

Starting point for this snowshoe walk is Blatten bei Naters. Between the hamlet of Rischinen and Aletschbord, especially, the walk promises a magnificent experience of the pristine natural landscape. From Rischinen (also known as Rischinu), the trail leads via Egga to Holzji, whose nature observation station offers a chance to spot local wildlife. The route continues through the snow-blanketed forest to a clearing, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Great Aletsch Glacier. Continue along the trail to your destination, Aletschbord, for panoramic views of the Valais mountains and the mightiest river of ice in the Alps. At the historical Hotel Belalp, you can pause for a bite and a drink to fortify yourself for the return leg. This leads via the panoramic road from Aletschbord to the cable-car station in 30 minutes.

 

Author’s recommendation

Look out for wildlife at the Holzji nature observation station and enjoy the view of the Glacier. You can stop at the Bergführerstübli or Hotel Belalp
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Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Update: January 24, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Experience
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Highest point
Belalp, Aletschbord, 2,132 m
Lowest point
Blatten bei Naters, 1,330 m
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Safety information

Always check the latest avalanche bulletin ( www.slf.ch/en ).

In cases of uncertainty, please consult the local cable-car company, Belalp Bahnen AG:   / +41 27 921 60 40. 

Tips and hints

www.belalp.ch

 

Start

Blatten bei Naters (1,329 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'967E 1'134'303N
DD
46.358799, 7.983921
DMS
46°21'31.7"N 7°59'02.1"E
UTM
32T 421832 5134415
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Destination

Belalp, Aletschbord

Turn-by-turn directions

Blatten bei Naters – Rischinu – Egga – nature observation post – Holzji – Aletschbord

Starting in Blatten, walk to Rischinen and then to Egga. Here you join the Holzji Trail, which leads mostly through the forest. The itinerary continues to the wildlife observation station; from here, it takes just a few more minutes to reach Aletschbord.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Accessible by train and bus

Getting there

From Brig station, take the PostBus  to Blatten (Belalp).

 

Parking

Short-stay car park

For durations of less than one day, the best option is the short-stay car park (fee payable).

Indoor / outdoor car parks

Guests who stay for longer than 2 days in Blatten-Belalp can park in the outdoor or indoor car parks. Payment can be made at the ticket machines or at the information and ticket counters in Blatten.

The car parks cost CHF 12.00 a day in winter and CHF 9.00 in summer.

Guests who have paid the tourist tax or who are members of Pro Blatten enjoy a discount of 15%.

Rischinu car park

During the winter season, the car park in Rischinu may be used free of charge. A regular shuttle bus carries guests to the base station of the cable car and gondola in comfort.

 

Further information:  http://www.belalp.ch/regionorte/blatten-belalp/parkmoeglichkeiteninblatten.php

http://www.belalp.ch/gettinghere/bycar.php

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'967E 1'134'303N
DD
46.358799, 7.983921
DMS
46°21'31.7"N 7°59'02.1"E
UTM
32T 421832 5134415
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

Clothing suitable for snow sports, snowshoes, gloves and weatherproof footwear are all recommended.

In addition, walkers are recommended to carry the same safety equipment as for a ski tour: 

·          avalanche transceiver

·          shovel

·          probe

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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Status
Open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.5 km
Duration
3:20 h
Ascent
816 m
Descent
50 m
Highest point
2,132 m
Lowest point
1,330 m
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