Snowshoeing in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village

Winter Hiking Top

Circular trail Matte (Oberwald)

Winter Hiking · Obergoms
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Fancy a little spin on the snow? A beautiful walk across the snow-covered mats of Oberwald surrounded by the majestic winter mountain scenery.
easy
1.8 km
0:40 h
9 m
9 m
The winter hiking trail over the Oberwalder Matte is perfect for a leisurely walk in the fresh and healthy mountain air. The flat plain on the edge of the mountain village in the Upper Valais is ideal for a quiet circular route.

Prepared by the snow groomers of Loipe Goms, this winter hiking trail covers a length of just under 2 kilometres. The circular route in the open air is ideal for refreshment after an indulgent feast, for a Sunday stroll with the family or, most exquisitely, for an illuminated night walk under the full moon.

Of course, the path can be easily combined with other winter hiking trails. The circular trail can also be accessed via the Rottenweg, the Ifangstrasse or even via the Oberwald railway station.

Author’s recommendation

The Gommer Pass of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway entitles the holder to free travel during the validity period on the route between Oberwald and Fiesch Feriendorf in 2nd class.
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Updated: January 04, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Oberwald, Heeji, 1,372 m
Lowest point
Oberwald, Kontrollstelle Loipe Goms, 1,364 m
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Rest Stop

Bürli Schiirli

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

Start

Oberwald, Dorfstrasse/Schulhaus (1,369 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'669'950E 1'154'009N
DD
46.533720, 8.350446
DMS
46°32'01.4"N 8°21'01.6"E
UTM
32T 450189 5153555
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Destination

Oberwald, Dorfstrasse/Schulhaus

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald, Dorfstrasse - Biinelti - Heeji - Halte - Eggergrabe - Matte - Kontrollstelle Loipe Goms - Eie - Biinelti - Oberwald, Dorfstrasse

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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 and busses can be found at www.sbb.ch.

Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for 40 km 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.

Parking

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'669'950E 1'154'009N
DD
46.533720, 8.350446
DMS
46°32'01.4"N 8°21'01.6"E
UTM
32T 450189 5153555
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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

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

Equipment

We recommend:
  • Good footwear and walking sticks
  • Sun and rain protection and warm clothing
  • 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

  • Circular trail Pischenwald
  • Rottenweg (Oberwald - Niederwald)
  • Winter crossing of the Grimsel Pass
  • Oberwald - Hotel-Restaurant Rhonequelle
  • Hangweg (Oberwald - Biel)
  • Circular trail Münster airfield
  • Mattenweg (Münster - Reckingen)
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
0:40h
Ascent
9 m
Descent
9 m
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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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