Snowshoeing

On soft feet through winter landscapes

Enjoy the fascination of our winter wonderlands on soft feet: snowshoes. Feel the crisp air, glance at our majestic peaks on your hike. Snowshoe trails can be found in the area of Rothwald and Rosswald or on the Simplon Pass.

Our insiders’ tip: As a perfect ending ritual to a long hike, we recommend you warm up with a fondue and an exquisite glass of Fendant – and last but not least –  "a clear" one to warm up even more. See brochure can be found in the download area.

Be a responsible snowshoe hiker!

Snowshoeing is a huge trend. As a result the local wildlife and forests are impacted negatively. An information campaign by the local wildlife, hunter and forestry service aims to educate our guests on this topic. We kindly ask you to follow our guidelines and respect nature on your hikes, for your own safety as well as the future of our environment. More on this topic can be found here.

 
Snowshoeing recommended route

Schneeschuhtrail Wasenalp / Hohliecht

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Experience the fascination of snowshoeing in the beautiful winter world of the Rothwald. Where you can glide through snow-covered and untouched winter landscapes.
closed
moderate
Distance 7.3 km
3:00 h
582 m
480 m
The trail leads directly past the mountain restaurant Wasenalp. Here the trail leads leisurely to the Fronbach bridge, where the beautiful houses with stone roofs can be admired in the Wintrigmatte. The route continues quite flat in the open forest until, after approx. 300m, it leads up to the oldest larch forest in Central Europe. The larch, which is up to 600 years old, is clearly seen fighting against wind, weather and sun. The thought of what these trees have already experienced inspires great respect.

After almost 300 metres of altitude difference between these old colossuses you reach a small hill, the Hohliecht, north of the avalanche barrier. The panorama of the Bortelhorn, Aletschhorn, Bietschhorn and the other peaks of the Bernese Alps is magnificent.

The way back follows the same path at the beginning. From Wasenalp, the hike leads left along to Rothwald. Postbuses run regularly along the Simplon Pass road.

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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: May 27, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2,231 m
Lowest point
1,649 m
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Rest Stop

Ganterwald
Schutzhaus Napoleon

Safety information

This route is only accessible when the piste is open (danger of avalanches)!

The trails are marked with wooden poles with a purple coating. In addition, reflective light bands are attached. We ask you to follow the marked routes in the interest of our forest and wildlife. Waste should be put back in your rucksack.

Tips and hints

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Start

Wasenalp (1,656 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'690E 1'126'374N
DD
46.287163, 8.044484
DMS
46°17'13.8"N 8°02'40.1"E
UTM
32T 426395 5126397
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Destination

Wasenalp

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail leads directly past the mountain restaurant Wasenalp. Here the trail leads leisurely to the Fronbach bridge, where the beautiful houses with stone roofs can be admired in the Wintrigmatte. The route continues quite flat in the open forest until, after approx. 300m, it leads up to the oldest larch forest in Central Europe. The larch, which is up to 600 years old, is clearly seen fighting against wind, weather and sun. The thought of what these trees have already experienced inspires great respect.

After almost 300 metres of altitude difference between these old colossuses you reach a small hill, the Hohliecht, north of the avalanche barrier. The panorama of the Bortelhorn, Aletschhorn, Bietschhorn and the other peaks of the Bernese Alps is magnificent.

The way back follows the same path at the beginning. From Wasenalp, the hike leads left along to Rothwald. Postbuses run regularly along the Simplon Pass road.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig the Rothwald can be easily reached by post bus.

Getting there

Post bus stops are available both in Ganterwald and Rothwald.

Parking

Free parking is available in Ganterwald and Rothwald.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'690E 1'126'374N
DD
46.287163, 8.044484
DMS
46°17'13.8"N 8°02'40.1"E
UTM
32T 426395 5126397
w3w 
///flying.majors.dollars
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

Equipment

Clothing adapted to the weather conditions is indispensable.

Similar routes nearby

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  • Schneeschuhtrail Ganterwald
  • Schneeschuhtrail Rothwald
  • Snowshoe trail Rosswald - Resti
  • Snowshoe trail Rosswald - Panorama trail
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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
582 m
Descent
480 m
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