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. 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.
Call in at the Restaurant Belstar before or after the winter walk, and enjoy the beautiful views from the Gibidum reservoir.
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: / +41 27 921 60 40.
Tips and hints
You can reach Blatten bei Naters from Brig or Naters by public transport or private vehicle.
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, 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