Snowshoeing in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village

Winter Hiking Top

Rottenweg (Oberwald - Niederwald)

Winter Hiking
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  • Bergdorf Oberwald
    / Bergdorf Oberwald
    Photo: David Singh, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Well signposted winter hiking trails
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  • / Gemütliche Winterwanderung durch den Wald
    Photo: David Singh, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Winter hiking in the Goms valley
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  • / Winter hiking along picturesque mountain villages
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The most popular winter hiking trail in alpine mountain valley Obergoms leads alongside the young Rhone from village to village, from Oberwald to Niederwald. 
moderate
18.9 km
5:30 h
84 m
204 m
The most popular winter hiking trail in alpine mountain valley Obergoms leads alongside the young Rhone from village to village, from Oberwald to Niederwald. Do this flat hiking trail according to your convenience. The Matterhorn Gotthard train takes you comfortably back from every village to the starting point

See also
Obergoms Tourismus AG
Furkastrasse 53
3985 Münster
Tel.: +41 27 974 68 68
E-Mail: tourismus@obergoms.ch
Internet: www.obergoms.ch

Wintersportbericht: http://www.obergoms.ch/wispo/index.php

Author’s recommendation

Give yourself a break and discover one of our traditional mountain villages!
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Author
Dario Imwinkelried
Updated: November 04, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
1,368 m
Lowest point
1,243 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The use of the winter hiking 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.

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

  • Winter sports report at https://www.obergoms.ch/winter-report
  • Time table www.sbb.ch
  • Telephone number of rescue service: 144
  • Avalanche bulletin and snow situation at www.slf.ch

Start

Oberwald, village (1,368 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'669'831E 1'154'089N
DD
46.534455, 8.348909
DMS
46°32'04.0"N 8°20'56.1"E
UTM
32T 450072 5153637
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Destination

Niederwald, village

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald - Obergesteln - Ulrichen - Geschinen - Münster - Reckingen - Gluringen - Ritzingen - Biel - Selkingen - Blitzingen - Niederwald

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Oberwald in 1h 23 min. The Goms valley is also easily accessible from the Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt and the Furka base tunnel. The timetables for all trains can be found at www.sbb.ch.

Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for 40km to Oberwald. The Goms valley is also easily accessible from direction Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt – car transport Furka. The Alpine passes Furka, Grimsel and Nufenen are closed in winter.

The timetables for the car transport Furka can be found at www.matterhorngotthardbahn.ch

Parking

Parking spaces are available near the cross-country tracks in the vicinity of the railway station or in the village of Oberwald. Follow the local parking guidance system.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'669'831E 1'154'089N
DD
46.534455, 8.348909
DMS
46°32'04.0"N 8°20'56.1"E
UTM
32T 450072 5153637
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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

National maps 1:25'000 Swisstopo: 1250 Ulrichen / 1270 Binntal

Equipment

We recommend good snowshoes:
  • Good footwear and sturdy poles
  • Detailed map or information material with good tour preparation
  • Weatherproof (waterproof and windproof) warm clothing and headgear
  • Sunglasses
  • Good sun protection, even in cloudy weather. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, especially in winter.
  • Provisions for your day in the great outdoors

Similar routes nearby

  • Oberwald - Hotel-Restaurant Rhonequelle
  • Winter crossing of the Grimsel Pass
  • Circular trail Pischenwald
  • Circular trail Matte (Oberwald)
  • Hangweg (Oberwald - Biel)
  • Circular trail Münster airfield
  • Mattenweg (Münster - Reckingen)
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.9 km
Duration
5:30h
Ascent
84 m
Descent
204 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Dog-friendly 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.

REFRESHING STOP ON YOUR SNOWSHOE TOUR

Rhonequelle

Hüswäg-Trail

Grimsel Passhöhe - Winterplausch am Grimselpass

Erlebnis Grimselpass

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