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Hockenhorngrat-Lötschenpass snowshoe trail

Embark on the high alpine snowshoe trail to the Lötschenpasshütte refuge.

Surrounded by a breathtaking mountain landscape, you get to enjoy the unique high-alpine snowshoe trail to the Lötschenpasshütte refuge. Let yourself be captivated.

The RegioExpress takes you directly from Bern or Brig to Goppenstein. From there, the post bus takes you to the Wiler valley station in ten minutes. You then take the cable car to the Hockenhorngrat ridge.

Route description

From the mountain station of the Hockenhorngrat ridge, the high-alpine snowshoe tour leads down below the imposing Hockenhorn into an impressive landscape towards the Lötschen Pass. The Lötschenpasshütte refuge sits at an altitude of 2,700 metres and delights visitors with stunning views of the mountain world. It is well worth taking a break in the cosy hut. The ascent back to the Hockenhorngrat at 3,100 metres begins immediately afterwards.

Important Notes: The route leads through high alpine terrain and is only open in good weather. We recommend starting the hike by 10.00 a.m. and leaving the Lötschenpasshütte to return by 1.30 p.m. If you would like to enjoy the untouched nature for longer, an overnight stay at the Lötschenpasshütte refuge is recommended.

Key information

Hiking trail Hockenhorngrat–Lötschenpasshütte–Hockenhorngrat
Distance 6 km
Duration 3 hours 30 minutes
Elevation difference + 470 m / - 470 m
Degree of difficulty  difficult
Catering options  The Loetschenpass hut
Sights along the way Hockenhorngrat viewpoint


The snowshoe trail is closed in the event of snowfall or poor weather conditions. Please seek information in advance whether the high-alpine trail is accessible.

Lötschenpass hut

The hut is closed until January 19th. Information and reservation options can be found here.

Operating times

Lauchernalp–Hockenhorngrat ski lifts
22 December 2023 to 7 April 2024

The post bus runs hourly with a connection in Goppenstein to the RegioExpress.


Subject to change

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Goppenstein. From Goppenstein station the post bus (direction Blatten/Fafleralp) takes you to within 10 minutes to Wiler (Lötschen), Talstation. Now we continue with the cable car to the Lauchernalp. Continue with the 6-seater chairlift to the Stafel, where you board the 3-seater chairlift and then the gondola lift to the Hockenhorngrat.

BLS suggestion

Stop at the Lötschenpasshütte refuge and let yourself be spoilt with culinary treats. You can spend the night here and resume your hike the following day. 

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