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Circular hike Blatten - Gibidum reservoir - Rischinerwald

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Embark on a hike to the Gibidum reservoir through primeval forests and put your stamina to the test on the stairs.
Open
easy
Distance 4.8 km
1:45 h
270 m
272 m
1,484 m
1,328 m
The circular hike first leads to the Gibidum reservoir. The Gibidum reservoir with an area of 21 hectares (about 29 football fields) was completed in 1967 and is fed by the Great Aletsch Glacier. You can access the reservoir via a steel staircase. On the way back, the hike takes you through the mystical Rischinerwald forest. Let your gaze wander and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Author’s recommendation

Guess how many steps it is to the dam wall.

Enjoy the Rischinerwald and have a picnic.

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Blatten-Belalp Tourismus 
Update: November 08, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,484 m
Lowest point
1,328 m
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Track types

Asphalt 10.96%Forested/wild trail 26.58%Path 12.38%Road 50.06%
Asphalt
0.5 km
Forested/wild trail
1.3 km
Path
0.6 km
Road
2.4 km
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Safety information

Despite the "impossible to miss" marking of the hiking trails, we recommend for safety reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map with you, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in case of a thunderstorm or emergency, for example.

Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After storms, trees can still fall over or branches can fall down. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths. You have to expect this kind of path impairment when you go on a hike.

Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. In some cases surefootedness is required. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them.

Tips and hints

If you have any questions, please contact:

Belalp Bahnen AG

www.belalp.ch 

bahnen@belalp.ch 

+41 27 921 65 10

 

Blatten - Belalp Tourismus AG

tourismus@belalp.ch 

+41 27 921 60 40

Start

Blatten bei Naters (1,332 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'971E 1'134'332N
DD
46.359057, 7.983970
DMS
46°21'32.6"N 7°59'02.3"E
UTM
32T 421837 5134444
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Destination

Blatten bei Naters

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts at the Blatten post office stop near Naters, cable car. Follow the signposts in the direction of the Gibidum reservoir along the road. Cross the dam wall and head downhill until you reach the metal bridge over the Massa. Here the trail leads back in the direction of Blatten bei Naters. At the first bend, branch off onto the hiking trail and hike through the forest to Blatten bei Naters.

 

Route description

Blatten bei Naters - Gibidum reservoir - Rischinerwald - Blatten bei Naters

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Blatten bei Naters can be reached by public transport from Brig or Naters.

You can find the timetable and further information on how to get there at: www.belalp.ch 

Getting there

Arrival by car

From western Switzerland: A9 Lausanne - Vevey, or north-western Switzerland: A12 Bern - Vevey: A9 - Sierre: main road Sierre - Brig

From north-western Switzerland: A6 Berne - Thun - Spiez: main road Spiez - Kandersteg (Lötschberg tunnel car transport) - Goppenstein - Gampel - Brig

From eastern and central Switzerland: Andermatt - Realp (year-round Furka car transport; in summer via Furka Pass) - Oberwald - Brig

From Ticino (in summer): Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen - Brig

Or via Centovalli - Domodossola - Simplonpass - Brig

From Italy (Aosta, Mt. Blanc Tunnel): Aosta - Grand Saint Bernard tunnel (over the pass in summer) - Martigny: A9 motorway - Sierre: Sierre - Brig main road.

Or via Domodossola - Simplon Pass - Brig

Blatten bei Naters

From Brig you can reach Blatten bei Naters via Naters, then take the cable car to the car-free Belalp.

Parking

Paid parking is available in the Chienzlichrommu and in the multi-storey car park in Blatten near Naters.

You can find more information at:

www.belalp.ch 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'971E 1'134'332N
DD
46.359057, 7.983970
DMS
46°21'32.6"N 7°59'02.3"E
UTM
32T 421837 5134444
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Equipment

Sturdy shoes, clothing suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, as well as sufficient supplies of food and drinks, should there be no refreshment stops or shopping facilities available or open. Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons. Take sticks or other aids with you.

Questions and answers

Question from Marlene Gonçalves · September 29, 2020 · Community
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Answered by Blatten-Belalp Tourismus  · September 30, 2020 · Blatten-Belalp Tourismus

Rating

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Yasi Yesildag
April 10, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? July 20, 2020
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.8 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
270 m
Descent
272 m
Highest point
1,484 m
Lowest point
1,328 m
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