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.
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
From Brig station, take the PostBus to Blatten (Belalp).
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
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Author’s map recommendations
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
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
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking
- Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
- 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.