|Begin of tour:||Lauchernalp cable car station|
|Point of arrival:||Lauchernalp cable car station|
|Access starting point:||Cable car from Wiler|
|Access point of arrival:||Cable car to Wiler|
|Hiking time:||1 h 30 min.|
|Gastronomy:||Restaurants on the Lauchernalp, Hockenalp and Stafel|
The winter hike from the Lauchernalp mountain station up to the Stafel is an unfolding panorama all the way. You will pass two pretty little chapels en route – the one on the Stafel consecrated as recently as 2002. Ten interactive stations (in German only) familiarize hikers with the winter offerings in the Lötschen Valley. The themes range from “The wonder of snow” to “Avalanches – the white danger”, to “Where are the animals in winter?” The themes are experienced with the help of the interactive stations. For example, under the theme “The wonder of snow”, you can see snow crystals through a kaleidoscope. To experience the theme “You are what you eat”, you feel the fur of domestic animals (in “touch boxes”) and you can then match the fur with the appropriate animal - ideal for families with children! And if the mountain air has given you an appetite, there is the Berghaus restaurant near Stafel.
Lauchernalp - Stafel - Hockenalp - Lauchernalp
At the mountain station of the Lauchernalp Bahn, set off to the right and then take the wide trail leading uphill. After passing the Berghaus restaurant, you will arrive at the Stafel ski-lift station. Walk round the station and then cross the slope leading down into the valley. Continue on down to Hockenalp, where the trail broadens into a wide path. The ascent back up to the cable car station begins at the next fork.
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.