Winter hiking in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village

Winter Hiking recommended route

Circular track Chastebiel

Winter Hiking · Goms
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  • View from Chastebiel above Blitzingen
    / View from Chastebiel above Blitzingen
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  • / Mountain village Blitzingen
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Gemütliche Winterwanderung durch den Wald
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Evening sky over Blitzingen
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Snow-covered roofs of Blitzingen, Bodmen
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Blitzingen from above
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Well signposted winter hiking trails
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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The Chastebiel circular trail leads up to the historic castle hill above Blitzigen. A spectactular panoramic view of  Rhone valley awaits you here.
Distance 5.6 km
2:00 h
221 m
221 m
The attractive winter hiking trail leads into the sunny and panoramic area of Chastebiel. The ascent is made from Blitzingen on a gentle gradient past the two dreamy hamlets of Ammeren and Wiler.

The pause on the Chastebiel is worthwhile. From here you have a fantastic view of the entire Goms high valley. On the now wooded hill stands the ruins of the pilgrimage site Maria vom Guten Rate, which was destroyed by an earthquake.

On the low-traffic access road, you return to Blitzingen via several hairpin bends.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the Hotel Restaurant Castle and enjoy the views of the Goms valley with a coffee or a hot chocolate. 
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Update: February 25, 2021
Highest point
1,481 m
Lowest point
1,267 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Taverne zum Guten Freund
Olympia Sport / Gade Bar

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 and hints

  •  Winter sports report at
  • Time table
  • Telephone number of rescue service: 144
  • Avalanche bulletin and snow situation at


Blitzingen, station (1,266 m)
2'658'880E 1'143'984N
46.444613, 8.204880
46°26'40.6"N 8°12'17.6"E
32T 438927 5143756


Blitzingen, station

Turn-by-turn directions

Blitzingen - Wilerfurg - Fura - Loch - Amselschlüecht - Wilerriggi - Wiligerbode - Wiler - Wiligerlöüwena - Gadmebiel - Bonacher - Ammere - Raafloch - Uf der Biela - Flieli - Äbmete - Chaschtebiel - Hangendacher - Helgine - Echstebiel Egguti - Bächi - Schlüecht - Blitzingen


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Blitzingen in 53 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

Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) to Blitzingen. 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


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


2'658'880E 1'143'984N
46.444613, 8.204880
46°26'40.6"N 8°12'17.6"E
32T 438927 5143756
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: 1270 Binntal


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

  • Circuit trail Zeit - Bodmen
  • Circuit trail Ritzinger Feldkapelle
  • Löwwigadmen circular trail (Reckingen)
  • Circular trail Stalen chapel
  • Mattenweg (Münster - Reckingen)
  • Circular trail Münster airfield
  • Hangweg (Oberwald - Biel)
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5.6 km
2:00 h
221 m
221 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Way cleared Groomed snow


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Goms – the true winter hiking paradise: around 78.5 kilometres of marked winter hiking trails, accessible almost entirely by the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGB)

Winter hiking 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.
  • Make sure you do not walk over the cross-country ski trails.
  • Mind the avalanche bulletins.
  • The use of the winter hiking trails happens at your own risk.
  • Obergoms Tourismus AG disclaims all liability.