Snowshoeing in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village

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Stalenkapelle Trail

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  • Snowy winter landscape in the mountain village of Reckingen
    / Snowy winter landscape in the mountain village of Reckingen
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  • / Enchanting winter
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  • / Fun in powder snow
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  • / Wegweiser im Schnee
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  • / Mountain village Reckingen from above
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  • / Bergdorf Reckingen
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  • / Chapel Stalen
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A popular snowshoe trail to the place of power around chapel of Stalen. Powder snow on mats, snow-covered mountain forest, panoramic views... The trail makes the hearts of nature beat faster.
5.1 km
1:55 h
200 m
174 m
This trail belongs to the technically rather easy, but nevertheless most beautiful snowshoe tours in Goms. A must for nature lovers and romantics.

The trail leads from Gluringen first over the sunny Matte in the direction of the neighbouring village of Reckingen. At Camping Augenstern you cross the young Rhone (called "Rotte") and soon reach the bridge that leads over the sparkling Blinne stream. At Stadle you can see the Stalen Chapel for the first time on a hill in the clearing.

The chapel was built on the site of a former hermitage in 1769. Make sure you take the time to discover this place of power and enjoy a view of the village of Reckingen and the Goms mountains. After a refreshing break, the trail climbs another 50 metres to the forest road that in summer leads into the Blinnen valley. In winter the trail into the wildly romantic valley is inaccessible due to the danger of avalanches.

The highest point of the tour is also the halfway point. The gentle descent continues towards Reckingen. The majestic larches of the mountain forest dreamily line the trail. Once in the mountain village it is worth taking a look back. It was great, the snowshoe tour to the Stalen Chapel!

Author’s recommendation

Unfortunately the chapel is closed in winter. However, it is worthwhile to admire the beautiful angel painting on the outer wall of the choir.
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Updated: November 04, 2020
Highest point
1,492 m
Lowest point
1,305 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Camping Augenstern

Safety information

The use of the snow shoeing trails is at your own risk. Obergoms Tourismus AG disclaims all liability and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information on this website.

Local conditions may entail changes to routes.Take a map with you or download the complete description of the route with a large-scale map. Use only signposted paths and observe all markings and signs - for your own safety, for the protection of the landscape and in respect for wildlife. Be considerate of other users. Take your rubbish and that of others with you.

Weather conditions in the mountains can change very quickly and without warning. Adequate clothing and provisions (food and drink) are very important. If the weather is unstable, it is better to turn around early. Carry additional sun protection with you. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, especially in winter, even when the sky is overcast.

Plan your tour carefully and in detail. Inform yourself in advance about the current conditions (avalanche danger, cross-country ski runs, winter hiking trails, snow trails and road conditions) and weather conditions. The winter sports report provides you with valuable information from the region.

Tips, hints and links


Gluringen, train station (1,306 m)
2'661'089E 1'146'043N
46.462931, 8.233899
46°27'46.6"N 8°14'02.0"E
32T 441175 5145769


Reckingen, Überrotte

Turn-by-turn directions

Gluringen, train station - Matte - Saage - Geisshore - Augenstern - Obelimatte - Spitz - Stadle - Ta - Staalen Chappel - Engschlüecht - Äbmethalte - Lusse - Reckingen, Ueberrotten


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Gluringen in 1h. The Goms valley is also easily accessible from the Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt and the Furka base tunnel.

The timetables for all trains and busses can be found at

Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for about 29 km to Gluringen.

The Goms valley is also easily accessible from direction Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt – car transport Furka.


Public parking spaces are available in the vicinity of the railway station or in the village. Follow the local parking guidance system.


2'661'089E 1'146'043N
46.462931, 8.233899
46°27'46.6"N 8°14'02.0"E
32T 441175 5145769
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

You will find the following brochures in the tourist information offices, at the sales points of the Loipe Goms as well as in most hotels and restaurants in Obergoms:
  • Winter map of Obergoms with cross country trail plan
  • Holiday companion

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map, Rotten Verlag, 1:25‘000
  • National maps 1:25'000 Swisstopo: 1250 Ulrichen / 1270 Binntal


We recommend:
  • Good snowshoes
  • Waterproof footwear and walking sticks
  • Hat and warm protective outdoor clothing
  • Sun protection
  • Detailed map or information material with good tour preparation
  • Provisions for your day in the great outdoors
  • Pocket pharmacy and mobile phone for emergencies

Similar routes nearby

  • Urschgen Trail
  • Rotten Trail
  • Galmihornhütte Trail
  • Cäsar Ritz-Trail
  • Oberfäld Trail
  • Blaswald Trail (from Ulrichen)
  • Hüswäg Trail
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5.1 km
200 m
174 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Forest roads Clear area Forest Point to Point


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The wind can carry me for kilometres and kilometres. Sometimes I pile up into huge mounts. I get all effusive if you jump in me. I give way when you ride through me. I blur your vision. I get the smallest crevices. If you get a taste, you cannot get enough of me. Try and describe me and words will fail you. I turn forests into fairylands. If you glide across me, I will swallow all your sounds. Slide over me and I will give you joy. Tour skis love me. Give me a visit. I am your powder snow.

Goms – the true winter wonderland: Eight marked out and safe snowshoe treks, countless ski tours for pros, aficionados and beginners

Snowshoeing in Switzerland – tips and tricks

  • Never leave the marked trails and paths in order to protect wildlife and yourself.
  • Keep dog on a leash at all times.
  • Please make sure you do not walk over the cross-country ski trails.
  • Please mind the avalanche bulletins.
  • The use of all trails happens at your own risk.
  • Obergoms Tourismus AG disclaims all liability.




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