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Snowshoeing

Rischinerwald winter walk

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  • traces in the snow
    / traces in the snow
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  • / Tschuggen
    Photo: Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
  • / Blatten
    Photo: Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
  • / Rischinen
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  • / Blatten Dorf
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A walk from the cable-car base station in Blatten through the Rischinerwald forest to Stalden and back. It’s well worth making the detour to the Gibidum dam for the views alone.
closed
easy
4.4 km
1:47 h
192 m
192 m

Starting in Blatten at the base station for the Belalp cable car the route initially follows the road for a short distance towards the Restaurant Belstar "zum Franz”. This is the last chance to enjoy a snack before setting off on the walk through the Rischinerwald to Stalden. The trail leads through gently undulating terrain. At the Stalden car park, you can also turn off in the direction of Tschuggen or continue through the Rischinerwald towards Belalp. Alternatively you can continue walking up to the Gibidum reservoir, enjoying glorious views of the natural landscape. This reservoir is fed by various mountain streams as well as the main Massa river and the Great Aletsch Glacier itself. Our trail continues through the Rischinerwald back to the cable-car station in Blatten. The route makes an ideal and fun snowshoe walk for the whole family: a fairly short but very beautiful and easy winter walk. Afterwards, you can return to Naters or Brig at leisure by PostBus.

 

 

Author’s recommendation

Call in at the Restaurant Belstar (“zum Franz”) before or after the winter walk, and enjoy the beautiful views from the Gibidum reservoir.

 

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Stalden, 1484 m
Lowest point
Blatten, 1328 m
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Safety information

Safety advice for winter

Even on marked snowshoe trails there is a residual risk, so you should never count on a route being totally safe. Never leave the marked trails.

We recommend you carry the same safety equipment as for a ski tour.

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

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

 

Tips, hints and links

www.belalp.ch

 

Start

Blatten, cable car base station (1332 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.358960, 7.984611
DMS
46°21'32.3"N 7°59'04.6"E
UTM
32T 421886 5134432
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Destination

Blatten, cable-car base station

Turn-by-turn directions

Blatten cable-car station – Rischinerwald – Stalden – Rischinerwald – Blatten cable-car station

From the Belalp cable-car station in Blatten bei Naters, you first walk about 400 metres along the road towards the Restaurant Belstar (“zum Franz”). At the corner just below the restaurant, the trail takes you into the Rischinerwald (Rischinen forest). From here, an attractive round walk leads you across gently undulating terrain to Stalden and back. From Stalden car park, you can also head off towards Tschuggen or walk through the Rischinerwald towards Belalp; alternatively you can walk to the Gibidum reservoir, enjoying an intimate experience of pristine nature. The main trail leads back through the Rischinerwald to the cable-car station in Blatten bei Naters.

 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Accessible by train and bus.

 

Getting there

You can reach Blatten bei Naters from Brig or Naters by public transport or private vehicle.

 

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

DD
46.358960, 7.984611
DMS
46°21'32.3"N 7°59'04.6"E
UTM
32T 421886 5134432
w3w 
///users.singer.require
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Winter equipment

Clothing suitable for snow sports, gloves and weatherproof footwear are all recommended, along with p rotection against the cold and against the sun, telescopic or ski poles, and snowshoes if required. In addition, walkers are recommended to carry the same safety equipment as for a ski tour :

·          avalanche transceiver

·          shovel

·          probe

 


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.4 km
Duration
1:47h
Ascent
192 m
Descent
192 m
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