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Blatten - Fafleralp Hike

· 2 reviews · Winter Hikes · Lötschental · Open
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  • Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
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  • / Blatten
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  • / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
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  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
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  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
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  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
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  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Rundwanderung Kühmatt
    Photo: Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Rundwanderung Fafleralp
    Photo: Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
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A spectacular circular hike accessible to all through a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Open
moderate
Distance 9 km
2:30 h
259 m
259 m
1,785 m
1,530 m
Starting from Blatten, hike through the snow-clad wintery landscape along the wild Lonza River to Kühmatt where the baroque Mariä Heimsuchung (Visitation of Our Lady) Chapel  is the objective of many regional pilgrimages. Continue your hike towards Fafleralp along a path that winds gently uphill. Enjoy a snack or a coffee accompanied by a home-made fruit tart before heading back to Blatten on the same path.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a quiet moment of peace and meditation at Mariä Heimsuchung Chapel, built during the tenure of Prior Bartholomäus Indergassen, from 1646 to 1663.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,785 m
Lowest point
1,530 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 leave any waste 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 uncertain weather, 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.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 

Lötschental

 

Order a free copy of the "Cross-country Ski Runs and Winter Hiking Routes" brochure from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte

Start

Blatten, Post (1,525 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'264E 1'140'963N
DD
46.419384, 7.819283
DMS
46°25'09.8"N 7°49'09.4"E
UTM
32T 409267 5141323
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Destination

Blatten, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

Blatten - Kühmatt - Fafleralp - Blatten

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein, the PostBus brings you to Blatten every hour. PostBus stop "Blatten, Post".

Getting there

From Goppenstein you drive into the Lötschental, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel, Wiler to Blatten, at the old post office.

Parking

You can park your car at the car park by the old post office in Blatten (chargeable).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'264E 1'140'963N
DD
46.419384, 7.819283
DMS
46°25'09.8"N 7°49'09.4"E
UTM
32T 409267 5141323
w3w 
///neck.dizzy.shifters
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • 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 Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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Questions and answers

Question from Michelle Repond · February 27, 2021 · Community
Bonjour, on aimerait faire la balade de blatten jusqu a faferalp. Peut-on la faire en bonne chaussure ? Ou doit on avoir des raquettes ? On veut la faire mercredi 3 mars. Merci de votre réponse le chemin est il balisé ?
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Rating

3.0
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Yury Volkov
February 02, 2019 · Community
Beautiful place, be sure to visit the Flaferalp Restaurant before you turn back. It is best to do this hike during the afternoon - you will get more sun.
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When did you do this route? February 02, 2019
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Status
Open
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
259 m
Descent
259 m
Highest point
1,785 m
Lowest point
1,530 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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