Lötsch Valley - Nature and Tradition

Valais

Lötschental

Lötschental

Hockenhorngrat

Hockenhorngrat

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Wiler

Wiler

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler-Lauchernalp

Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler-Lauchernalp

Lötsch Valley lies embedded in an imposing mountain landscape between the Valaisian and Bernese Alps. The mostly undeveloped valley with its still authentic villages lures visitors to enjoy a vacation in pristine surroundings, far from the large tourism centers.

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Even in prehistoric times people wandered through the Lötsch Valley and across the pass of the same name - as attested to by finds from the Bronze Age and the Ice Age. Up until the Middle Ages the Lötsch Pass was an important connection between the Bernese Oberland and Valais.

Even today the Lötsch Valley is the starting point for innumerable mountain tours in a pristine landscape. Two hundred kilometers of hiking trails lead through the valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Region Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Old customs such as the well-known shrovetide tradition "Tschäggätä" have been preserved here. The Lötsch Valley skiing region is located at the Lauchern Alp above Wiler, where a mountain train takes visitors high up to the glacier skiing region.

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With its unique mountain-valley views and the most beautiful close-of-valley in the Alps, the Lötschental is one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the Valais. With 200 km of marked hiking trails the Lötschental becomes a paradise for hikers of any fitness level. The refreshing and energizing mountain air in the Lötschental let hiking become an experience of body and mind. Hint: The walk from the Lauchernalp across the Lötschenpass into the Bernese Oberland to Kandersteg ranks among the classics of the region. Fafleralp, situated right at the rear of the Lötschental is the starting point of the Lötschental ‘high route’ across south-facing Alpine pastureland through to the Lauchernalp.

Highlights

  • Hockenhorn – one of the highest mountain summits in Switzerland able to be traversed by hikers (3293 m).
  • Lötschenpass – extremely popular walk across the Lötschenpass into the Gasterntal and on to Kandersteg (Bernese Oberland).
  • Jungfrau-Aletsch region – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.
  • Ferden, Kippel, Wiler and Blatten – Lötschental villages with practically untouched, historic village centres.
  • Mask carving course: Learn traditional mask carving under the expert guidance of traditional mask carvers.
  • Lötschental Legend Trail: Visitors of all age groups on the tracks of Lötschental’s legends, myths and fairy tales.

Top Events

  • «Tschäggätä» – a wild Lötschental carnival tradition (start of February to Ash Wednesday).
  • Corpus Christi procession – a religious procession with the colourful «Herrgottsgrenadieren» (Grenadiers of Our Lord) (end of May/start of June).

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