Winter hiking in Switzerland - naturally in Goms, the mountain village
Depending on meteorological conditions, the winter hiking trail is prepared from the end of December to the end of March. During this period, the Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe is from thursdays to sundays (16.00 h) an ideal place to stop for a refreshing break. Strengthen yourself at the warm fireplace or in the wind-protected chalet on the sun terrace with delicacies from the good kitchen.
For those who prefer not to walk through the snow from Oberwald to the Grimsel Pass, book a seat on the Grimsel Shuttle (operating hours Thursday to Sunday). The snow groomer with a passenger cabin of 10 seats takes you comfortably to the breathtaking winter oasis at 2163 MüM.
From the Grimsel pass summit you follow the Ratrack track along the snow-covered pass road in about 2 - 2.5 hours in the direction of Gerstenegg, where a cable car operated by Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG takes you to Handegg (reservation required the day before). The onward journey from here by taxi or private vehicle to Innertkirchen is also possible during the winter months.
Or how about an unforgettable sledge ride back to Oberwald? Reserve your toboggan in advance online and enjoy a unique descent into the young Rhone Valley.
LATEST INFORMATION - 25.01.2021
Due to the current measures (Corona) the Hotel Restaurant Grimsel Passhöhe will be closed during the whole winter season 2020/21.
The tobogganing and winter hiking trail will be prepared as far as Läger or even Engi, if conditions permit. Information on this can be found on the winter sports report.
- Grimsel Shuttle: Convenient transport by Pisten-Bully to the Grimsel Pass
- Experience-oriented guest care with the snow sports instructor team of Damian Hischer
- Unforgettable toboggan run from Grimselpass to Oberwald with the toboggan
Safety informationThe use of the winter hiking trails to the Grimsel pass 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
Information and reservation at www.obergoms.ch/erlebnisgrimselpass
Reservation gondola ride Gerstenegg-Handeck: The transport capacity of the Gersteneggbahn is limited. Please reserve your ticket in advance at www.grimselwelt.ch/bahnen by 16:00 hrs the day before at the latest.
- Winter sports report at www.obergoms.ch/wintersportbericht
- Telephone number of rescue service: 144
- Avalanche bulletin and snow situation at www.slf.ch
Getting thereFrom 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
ParkingParking spaces are available in the vicinity of the railway station or in the village of Oberwald. Follow the local parking guidance system.
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Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentWe 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
- 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
- Helmet for the sledge run
I keep you warm. I make sure you do not slip. I like being stored in a warm place. I hate being left in a damp cold corner. Nice weather is okay with me but what I really like is stormy and snowy weather. Snow is my greatest pleasure. I do not mind mud. Take me outside every day! Use me to step on solid ice. Jump into the powdery snow. Just do not throw me in a corner. Moving me does never harm you. What I like will be fun for you, too. Put me on and go out into nature. I am your winter boots.
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.