Hiking & nature

Lauchernalp winter panoramic trail

The highest winter hiking route in Europe

This high-altitude panoramic route on the Lauchernalp is Europe’s highest winter hiking trail (3,111–3,020 m above sea level). The well-prepared route takes you from the Gletscherbahn gondola mountain station to a unique viewpoint offering a view over forty 4000-metre peaks.

Diese einfache Winterwanderung erlaubt es Ihnen, sich als echter Bergsteiger zu fühlen. Dank der Bergbahnfahrt kommen Sie mühelos auf 3111 Meter ü.M. Der Winterwanderweg beginnt hinter der Bergstation der Gletscherbahn und führt parallel zur Skipiste bergab zum Aussichtspunkt. Auf der selben Strecke geht es zurück bis zur Bergstation. Hier besteigen Sie die Gondelbahn und danach den 3er-Sessellift zum Stafel. Nun geht es zu Fuss zur Lauchernalp hinab, oder mit dem 6er-Sessellift zurück auf die Bergstation Lauchernalp.

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  • Winter hike Easy winter hike
  • Panoramic view Unique viewpoint offering a view over forty 4000-metre peaks
  • Gondola ride The starting point of the hike is only accessible with the gondola
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    Winter hiking trail


    Starting point  Mountain station of the Hockhorn gondola lift (starts at 3,111 metres above sea level; please note that this altitude is characterised by thin mountain air.)
    1 km
    Approx. 50 minutes
    End Mountain station of the Hockhorn gondola lift  
    Difficulty level


    Winter adventure trail - perfect for families

    There are ten information and experience stations on a wide range of winter topics along the approximately 5 km-long trail, including “The Miracle Of Snow” and “Avalanches - The White Peril”. You can learn where Alpine animals stay in winter, look at snow crystals through a kaleidoscope and guess which pelts belong to which animals at special “feely-boxes”.

    Open status

    The winter panoramic trail is open from 19 December 2020 until 11 April 2021.


    From 19 December 2020 to 11 April 2021, between 08.30 and 16 hours.

    Subject to change without prior notice


    The starting point of the hike can only be accessed by gondola. You will need to buy the pedestrian ticket Wiler-Hockenhorngrat return. 

    Tickets for pedestrians (Wiler-Hockenhorngrat return)

    • CHF 42.00 Adults
    • CHF 36.00 Adults with Half-Fare travelcard/
    • CHF 36.00 Adults with GA travelcard
    • CHF 21.00 Children 6 - 15.99 years old

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

    How to get there

    Travel comfortably by train to Goppenstein. From Goppenstein station the post bus (direction Blatten/Fafleralp) takes you to Wiler, valley station, in about 10 minutes. Now take the cable car to Lauchernalp.

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