Gebirgswald Circular Hike
The route follows the steps down to reach the large square in the old part of the village, where the houses were predominantly built in the 16th and 17th century. The route descends to the River Lonza, where we cross the bridge and follow the signposts for the Gattunalp. Passing through the larch forest brings us to the shrine to Saint Hubert, situated right in the middle of the forest affording a wonderful view of Kippel. A statue of Saint Hubert with a stag, carrying a cross between its antlers, stands in the shrine. Saint Hubert is the patron saint of huntsmen.
The route continues to the highest point of the trail on the Gattunalp. There is a cross made of tree trunks at "Schaffärichu" (the gathering place of sheep). From here we return on the path and cross the "Chastlerra" Stream, following the signposts through the "Chastlerwald" Forest to "Bifig". From there, we continue on to the shrine on the "Chastlereggu", dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. This path then leads back to the church.
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- Plan your tour carefully
- Ensure that you have a full set of appropriate equipment
- Never embark on a tour alone
- Inform friends, relatives, the mountain hut supervisor or the hotel porter of your proposed tour. Report back when you arrive at your destination.
- Keep a constant eye on weather developments
- Adhere to the principle: if in doubt, turn back!
Order a free copy of the "Walking and Pilgrimages" brochure from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte
The 1:25,000 scale hiking map is your perfect companion for an unforgettable day's hiking in the Lötschental. Available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop
The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Kippel ("Kippel Altersheim" postbus stop).
You can park your car in the Kippel car park (not free).
Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the village of Ferden to Kippel Altersheim (“Nursing Home”).
This tour is presented by: Lötschental Marketing AG, Author: Lötschental Marketing AG