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Snowshoe hike from Fiesch to Bellwald

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  • Schneeschuhwanderung Fiesch - Gibelegga - St. Anna - Bellwald
    / Schneeschuhwanderung Fiesch - Gibelegga - St. Anna - Bellwald
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From the Valais village of Bellwald and ancient hamlets to the modern Goms Bridge, the snowshoe tour is packed with stunning contrasts. Discover the Valais of yesterday and today!
moderate
3.7 km
2:30 h
514 m
13 m
The starting point for the snowshoe hike is the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car. From there, you walk along Bregeraweg until you reach the fork leading to Bellwald. After crossing the snow-covered forest, you reach Gibelegga. From here, walk up to the St. Anne’s Chapel near the site of the former Valais hamlets of “Z’Mettje” and “Ze Fälle”. The route continues over open terrain to Bellwald, one of the oldest and best-preserved mountain villages in Valais. From here you are afforded beautiful views of Goms and Fiesch. Take the Fürgangenbahn cable car back down into the valley and continue your journey to Fiesch by train.

Author’s recommendation

In Fürgangen, the spectacular Goms Bridge crosses the Rhone at a height of 92m. Experience this awe-inspiring suspension bridge and dare to look down!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: January 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,559 m
Lowest point
1,059 m
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Safety information

Winter sports report
  • Plan each mountain tour carefully and adapt it to your own conditions, the weather and the season. 
  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly, so make sure you have suitable clothing and sufficient food and water with you. If the weather is unsafe, don’t wait too long to turn back. 
  • Let someone else know that you are doing the tour and if possible never go alone. 
  • Do not leave marked trails and do not go onto glaciers without a mountain guide. 
  • Walking on the ski slopes is prohibited. 
  • Be considerate of other hikers, plants and animals. 
  • Always find out about the local avalanche situation  

Note(s) 
The altitude and the route mean that good footwear is absolutely essential for this winter hike. 

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin. Use of the trails is at your own risk! 

Tips, hints and links

Aletsch Arena AG 
Furkastrasse 39 
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch  

Start

Fiesch, Aletsch Zoo (1,058 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.404552, 8.136081
DMS
46°24'16.4"N 8°08'09.9"E
UTM
32T 433594 5139360
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Destination

Bellwald, top station of aerial cable car

Turn-by-turn directions

Valley station of Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car – Gibelegga – St. Anne’s Chapel – Bellwald

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, on foot to the starting point of the snowshoe hike at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, then follow Furkastrasse to the valley station of the Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG).

Coordinates

DD
46.404552, 8.136081
DMS
46°24'16.4"N 8°08'09.9"E
UTM
32T 433594 5139360
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Equipment

We recommend:
  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
514 m
Descent
13 m
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