Hiking & nature

Experience Lauchernalp

Lauchernalp: viewpoint and hikers’ heaven

At an altitude of 1,969 m above sea level, the Lauchernalp provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. The Lauchernalp is also the ideal starting point for a number of hikes, be it the Lauchernalp alpine adventure trail for families or the somewhat more ambitious Lötschental high-altitude trail to Fafleralp.

Give yourself a culinary treat in the panorama restaurant Lauchernalp, as you tuck into a plate of home-made “Älplermagronen” or shepherd’s macaroni while enjoying the beautiful Valais landscape from the panoramic terrace.

By public transport, you can reach Lauchernalp from Bern in just 110 minutes. From Bern, the train takes you directly to Goppenstein. From there the post bus takes you to Wiler, valley station.

 

Family hikes

Hiking fun for the whole family. The family activities on offer in Lötschental are just as diverse as its nature and culture.

Loichi Kugelweg

The wooden balls for the ball runs are available at the following places for CHF 5.00 / piece: 

  • Ticket office, valley station of cable car, Wiler
  • Tourist Info Lötschental, Wiler
  • Recreation centre Gsteinät, Wiler
  • Ticket office, mountain station of cable car, Lauchernalp
  • Panoramic Restaurant Lauchernalp
Hiking route Lauchernalp–Wiler (Gsteinät)
Distance approx. 5 km
Duration approx. 1.5 hours, pure hiking time
Elevation difference + 85 m / - 655 m
Degree of difficulty  easy
Sights along the way Alpine Village playground beneath the Lauchernalp and playground at the "Gsteinät" recreation centre in Wiler
More information Wegbeschrieb

 

 

Alp experience

 

On the adventure trail, young and old explorers can experience life on the alp with all their senses in a playful way.

Hiking trail Circular hike Lauchernalp–Hockenalp–Staffel–Lauchernalp
Distance 2.1 km
Duration 2 hours, pure walking time 60 minutes
Elevation difference + 139 m / - 139 m
Level of difficulty easy
Catering options Rest area with barbecue between Lauchernalp and Hockenalp
Sights along the way View over the entire Lötschental, the Lötschenlücke and the imposing Bietschhorn
 Further information Directions and maps

 

 

Legendary trail

 

Solve the mystery along the various stations of the Legendary trail and receive a prize at the end of the trail.

Hiking trail Lauchernalp mountain station–Fafleralp
Distance 9 km
Duration 2 hours 45 min.
Elevation difference + 360 m / - 565 m
Level of difficulty Medium
Catering options
Sights along the way Steeped in legend, the idyllic Schwarzsee invites hikers to bathe in summer.
 Further information Directions and maps

 

 

Hike alongside carved tree figures

 

The hiking trail from the mountain station to Wiler winds down through the cool Baanwald forest into the village of Wiler below. Discover various carved tree figures in the Baanwald.

Hiking trail Lauchernalp mountain station–Wiler valley station
Distance 4.4 km
Duration 1 hour 15 min.
Elevation difference + 85 m / - 655 m
Level of difficulty Easy
Catering options
Sights along the way

Alpine Village playground beneath the Lauchernalp and playground at the «Gsteinät» leisure centre in Wiler

 Further information Hiking app and elevation profile

 

 

Hiking classics

The Lauchernalp is the starting point of a section of the well-known Lötschental Höhenweg (high trail). You can walk the trail either to the Fafleralp (9 km, 2 hours 45 min.) or to Goppenstein (11 km, 4 hours). Discover one of the most famous hiking routes in Valais.

With the RailAway package you benefit from a 10% discount on the cable car ride:

For the brave

Breeze down from the Lauchernalp mountain station to the Wiler valley station below on a Monster scooter. Benefit from special prices when you combine a cable car ride with the scooter rental. An action-packed excursion for the whole family.

Availability Available on 08.06.2024

While many destinations already end the season in mid-October, the mountain railroads on Lauchernalp remain open until the end of October. Ideal to enjoy the golden autumn in Valais longer and to experience the magnificent nature from its most beautiful side.

Operating hours Wiler-Lauchernalp aerial cableway

8 June to 27 October 2024       08.25–18.25 hours
13 July to 18 August 2024        08.25–20.25 hours

 

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Wiler-Lauchernalp cable car

  • CHF 20.00 Adults, one-way
  • CHF 30.00 Adults, return
  • CHF 10.00 Concession*, one-way
  • CHF 15.00 Concession*, return

 * GA travelcard, Half-Fare travelcard, children aged 6 to 15.99, Junior travelcard and Children’s Co-travelcard are valid

 

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

How to get there

Take the RegioExpress Bern – Spiez – Kandersteg – Brig – Domodossola to Goppenstein, then the post bus to the stop "Wiler (Lötschen), Talstation". Then the cable car takes you to Lauchernalp in 4 minutes.

Food & Drink

The following restaurants offer a well-deserved snack or thirst-quencher:

Rest places and barbecue areas

On the alpine adventure trail between Lauchernalp and Hockenalp, directly beside a small pond there is a barbecue area. Barbecues, wood and water are available.

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