Even in prehistoric times people wandered through the Lötschental 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 Lötschental 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 Lötschental skiing region is located at the Lauchern Alp above Wiler, where a mountain train takes visitors high up to the glacier skiing region.
During summer, hikers abound in the Lötschen Valley, an ideal region for those seeking relaxation and natural beauty. 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.
In winter, the snow-guaranteed, well-developed winter paradise Lauchernalp invites you to linger. The sunny ski resort offers you 55 km slopes up to 3111 m above sea level, and opens up a racy freeride area. Surrounded by the imposing mountain backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies the well with a cable car, two chair lifts, two t-bar-lifts and a glacier cableway accessible skiing area Lauchernalp. The glacier cableway leads up onto the Hockenhorngrat (3111 m, glacier ski area with numerous medium-difficulty pistes and freeride arena), and also provides access to a winter walking trail at over 3000 metres in altitude with a panoramic view of 40 four-thousand-metre mountain summits.
For cross-country skiers and winter hikers there are about 50 km winter hiking trails, as well as 24 km classic and skating trails to explore.
- 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.
- Hockenhorn – one of the highest mountain summits in Switzerland able to be traversed by hikers (3293 m).
- World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.
- Ferden, Kippel, Wiler and Blatten – Lötschental villages with practically untouched, historic village centres.
- «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).