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Hüoterhüsi Trail

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  • Snowshoeing through the forest in Visperterminen
    / Snowshoeing through the forest in Visperterminen
    Photo: Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus, Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus
  • / Beautiful surroundings during the hike
    Photo: Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus, Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus
  • / View during the walk
    Photo: Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus, Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus
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This snow shoe trail through the forest along ancient waterways offers sun and a breathtaking panoramic view.
moderate
Distance 7.8 km
3:00 h
314 m
314 m
1,660 m
1,345 m
This route leads from the village of Visperterminen along the marked trail towards Riedbach. Follow the waterway (bisse) until the viewpoint at Hüoterhüsi, a former water attendant's house. Take a moment to enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from here over the Rhone valley, stretching from Conches à Crans-Montana. Follow the signs back via Bodma to Visperterminen, well-known for its Païen wine.

Author’s recommendation

Pack your binoculars and camera. The Hüoterhüsi viewpoint offers a magnificent view over the Rhone Valley.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Riedbach, 1,660 m
Lowest point
Visperterminen, 1,345 m
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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 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.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Start

Visperterminen (1,358 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'635'795E 1'123'073N
DD
46.258137, 7.902860
DMS
46°15'29.3"N 7°54'10.3"E
UTM
32T 415442 5123313
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Destination

Visperterminen

Turn-by-turn directions

This route begins in Visperterminen. Enjoy the “bisse” (ancient waterway) flowing peacefully through the forest, surrounded by chirping birds and unspoilt nature, and culminating in a wonderful view at Hüoterhüsi. From here, the trail leads back southwards, via Bodma and with a view of the Matterhorn, towards Visperterminen, famous for its Païen wine.

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Public transport

Visperterminen can be reached easily from Visp using post bus 524. The hike begins from the bus terminus at Visperterminen.

Getting there

Take the A9 motorway and cantonal road 9 to Visp. Follow the signs to Visperterminen and take Terbinerstrasse via Unterstalden and Oberstalden to Visperterminen.

Parking

There are a large number of public parking spots in the center of the village.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'635'795E 1'123'073N
DD
46.258137, 7.902860
DMS
46°15'29.3"N 7°54'10.3"E
UTM
32T 415442 5123313
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopoMaps 1:50'000: 274S Visp

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • hikingpoles
  • 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
moderate
Distance
7.8 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
314 m
Descent
314 m
Highest point
1,660 m
Lowest point
1,345 m
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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