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Lötschental mountain path

Discover one of the most famous hiking routes in the Valais

The 9 km long hike from Lauchernalp to Fafleralp is a section of the Lötschentaler Höhenweg from Fafleralp to Jeizinen in the Rhonetal and is considered one of the most beautiful panoramic routes in the Valais. It runs through fragrant forests and over richly blossoming Alpine meadows. High above the walking trail, the glacier-covered Petersgrat stands in contrast to the verdant green of the forests and meadows, accompanied by the nearly 4,000-metre-tall mountain giant, the Bietschhorn.

The trail leads along the Legend Trail and shows you the mystical side of the Lötschental. Thanks to a tricky quiz, your children will also enjoy setting out on the trail. If they succeed in solving the riddles, a small gift awaits them at the Fafleralp kiosk.

The RegioExpress takes you from Bern or Brig to Goppenstein without changing trains. From there, the post bus will take you directly to «Wiler, Lötschen», where the valley station of the Lauchernalp cable car is located.


Benefit from the following when you purchase travel to and from the event by public transport at the same time:

  • 10% reduction on a single cable car journey Lauchernalp-Wiler or vice versa
The savings offer is available at the BLS Webshop, BLS Travel Centres and at any railway counter in Switzerland.

Hiking trail

Lötschental mountain path

The hike starts at Lauchernalp. You can reach it comfortably by post bus from Goppenstein. The hike follows the Lötschental Legend Trail up to Fafleralp. This route is also ideal for families, because along the way you will find a tricky legend quiz about the myths and fairytales of the Lötschental. From Fafleralp the post bus takes you directly back to Goppenstein. From there the RegioExpress Lötschberger will take you comfortably to Bern or Brig without changing trains.

The route can also be walked in the opposite direction and extended to Goppenstein.

Walking route Lauchernalp–Fafleralp
Distance 9 km
Walking time 2 hours 45 minutes
Elevation difference +132 m / -355 m
Difficulty level easy
Catering options Panorama restaurant Lauchernalp
Berghaus Lauchernalp
Alpenhotel zur Wildi
Restaurant Bärgsunna
Restaurant Fafleralp
Restaurant Tellialp
Various picnic areas
Partial variant Lauchernalp–Faldumalp–Goppenstein (4 hours) 


Operating hours Postbus Goppenstein-Wiler, Lötschen

Daily from 10 June to 29 October 2023, hourly between 07.03 and 18.03 hours

Operating hours Cable car Wiler–Lauchernalp

Daily from 10 June to 29 October 2023, between 08.25 and 18.15 hours

Operating hours Postbus Fafleralp-Goppenstein

Daily from 10 June to 29 October, between 08.18 and 19.18 hours


How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Goppenstein. From Goppenstein station the post bus (direction Blatten/Fafleralp) takes you to the valley station of the Wiler–Lauchernalp in about 10 minutes. 

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