The peaceful winter world of Hellela

Situated high up on a hillside, the holiday resort of Bürchen commands fantastic views of the Rhône valley.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Bürchen Ronalp bus stop
End of tour: Bürchen Ronalp bus stop
Access starting point: By bus to Bürchen
Access point of arrival: By bus from Bürchen
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: easy
Hiking time: 1 h 50 min.
Length: 7 km
Gastronomy: Restaurant on the Ronalp and in Bürchen


Whereas the road winding up the hill from Visp to Bürchen is very dark and shady, the village itself is surprisingly sunny. Most of the houses there are holiday homes and they all enjoy superb views of the Rhône valley and the Walliser Alps. Piercing the horizon to the north is the impressive pyramid of the Bietschhorn, which is nearly 4000 m high. This winter hike takes you away from the hubbub of Ronalp and into the peaceful winter world of Hellela and back again. So immerse yourself and enjoy!

Tour Overview

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Ronalp - Hellela - Bürchen - Ronalp

The winter hike begins at Ronalp bus stop, where there is a wide trail leading in the direction of Zen Triegu. From there, continue uphill to Gärlich and on to the hamlet of Mittler Hellela. Simply follow the signs to Egga, where your descent back to Ronalp begins.


The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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