Illgraben-Bhutan Bridge

Susten – Pletschen – Güetji – Bhutan Bridge – Susten

Illgraben, Leuk

Illgraben, Leuk

Illgraben, Leuk

Illgraben, Leuk

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben Leuk, hinten rechts Gemmi

Illgraben Leuk, hinten rechts Gemmi

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Bhutanbrücke

Illgraben, Leuk

Illgraben, Leuk

Leukerbad › Süd-Ost: Torrent Schwalbennest

Leukerbad › Süd-Ost: Torrent Schwalbennest

Gemmipass: Aire de jeux

Gemmipass: Aire de jeux

Leukerbad › Nord-West: Leukerbad Therme

Leukerbad › Nord-West: Leukerbad Therme

Leukerbad › Nord-Ost

Leukerbad › Nord-Ost

Leukerbad › Süd: Torrent Rinderhütte: Panorama

Leukerbad › Süd: Torrent Rinderhütte: Panorama

Leukerbad: Rhonetal: Torrent Richtung Unterwallis

Leukerbad: Rhonetal: Torrent Richtung Unterwallis

Leukerbad: Bodmen

Leukerbad: Bodmen

Leukerbad › Nord-West: Torrent

Leukerbad › Nord-West: Torrent

Gemmipass: Richtung Alpensüdkamm - Leukerbad

Gemmipass: Richtung Alpensüdkamm - Leukerbad

Leukerbad: Burgerbad

Leukerbad: Burgerbad

Salgesch › Ost

Salgesch › Ost

Mollens: Crans-Montana - Randogne

Mollens: Crans-Montana - Randogne

Albinen

Albinen

Albinen: Dorf

Albinen: Dorf

Albinen: Rhonetal

Albinen: Rhonetal

Gampel: Kehr

Gampel: Kehr

Gampel: Stafel

Gampel: Stafel

Gampel: Feselalp milieu droite

Gampel: Feselalp milieu droite

Gampel: Eischoll

Gampel: Eischoll

Gampel: Bürchen

Gampel: Bürchen

Gampel: Sennerei

Gampel: Sennerei

Gampel: Feselalp milieu gauche

Gampel: Feselalp milieu gauche

Gampel: StobFesel

Gampel: StobFesel

Gampel: Feselalp droite

Gampel: Feselalp droite

Gampel: Jeizinen Feselalp

Gampel: Jeizinen Feselalp

Gampel: Panorama zoom

Gampel: Panorama zoom

Jeizinen: Dorf

Jeizinen: Dorf

Gampel: Feselalp gauche

Gampel: Feselalp gauche

Fäsilalpu: Untere Feselalp, Jeizinen

Fäsilalpu: Untere Feselalp, Jeizinen

Erosion has created an immense, pale yellow rock basin that is growing larger every year. It is well worth admiring this phenomenon of nature. The circular route follows the (mostly dry) bed of the Wildbach to the Bhutan Bridge and the Güetji viewing pulpit. Return to Susten along the other side of the trench.

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Technical information

Starting point:Susten (Leuk railway station)
Destination:Susten (Leuk railway station)
Getting to the starting point:Railway / car, Brig–Sierre/Sion
Back from the destination:ditto
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Easy
Difference in elevation:Ascent 320 m, descent 320 m
Hiking time:2h 30m
Season:April to November
Note:  Pulligen (Pletschen) can be reached by car. During long periods of heavy precipitation, visitors should not remain in the vicinity of the trench.

Description

An "awesome" and memorable vista down into the Rhone Valley opens up from the upper Grabenrad near Chandolin, or from the Illhorn (2716 m).

This short hike starts at the Leuk station (625m) and passes the old well before reaching the Hexenplatz. The forest trail follows the Illgraben - an impressive trench where the water continually wears out deep grooves. At the highest point of the trail at 855 metres, the 134-metre long Bhutan Bridge crosses the Illgraben. The hanging walkway that connects the Lower and Upper Valais symbolises the bridging of a cultural divide. The return trip passes through the Pfyn Forest in the direction of Obere Abschlacht and back to Leuk station.

It is well worth continuing a little further up into the trench (Güetji) for an impressive view of its interior.

After crossing the Bhutan Bridge, the return route follows the left side of the trench, through the Pfyn forest towards Obere Abschlacht and back to Leuk railway station.

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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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