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

Snowshoeing recommended route

Cäsar Ritz-Trail

Snowshoeing · Goms
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  • Fun in powder snow
    / Fun in powder snow
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  • / Enchanting winter
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  • / Authentic mountain village Niederwald
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  • / Mountain village Niederwald in winter dress
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  • / Get informed before your tour at our Tourist Information Office
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  • / Sun-tanned houses in the mountain village of Niederwald
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  • / Mountain village Niederwald
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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This sunny snowshoe trail leads from the most original village Niederwald in Goms, the birthplace of the world-famous hotelier Caesar Ritz, steadily ascending through beautiful mountain forest up to the highest village of the Goms, Bellwald.
moderate
Distance 2.9 km
2:00 h
315 m
10 m
This sunny snowshoe trail leads from the most original village Niederwald in Goms, the birthplace of the world-famous hotelier Caesar Ritz, steadily ascending through beautiful mountain forest up to the highest village of the Goms, Bellwald. From Bellwald you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Valaisan four-thousand-metre peaks.

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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Author
David Singh
Update: January 02, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,560 m
Lowest point
1,243 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Drei Tannen restaurant.

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

Start

Niederwald, village (1,243 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'657'753E 1'142'955N
DD
46.435452, 8.190083
DMS
46°26'07.6"N 8°11'24.3"E
UTM
32T 437780 5142749
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Destination

Bellwald, village

Turn-by-turn directions

Niederwald, village - Cäsar Ritz Denkmal - Fluracher - Wald - Bellwald village

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Niederwald 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 and busses can be found at www.sbb.ch

Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for 24 km to Niederwald.

The Goms valley is also easily accessible from direction Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt – car transport Furka https://www.matterhorngotthardbahn.ch

Parking

Follow the local parking guidance system.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'657'753E 1'142'955N
DD
46.435452, 8.190083
DMS
46°26'07.6"N 8°11'24.3"E
UTM
32T 437780 5142749
w3w 
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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: 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

  • Rotten Trail
  • Stalenkapelle Trail
  • Urschgen Trail
  • Galmihornhütte Trail
  • Oberfäld Trail
  • Blaswald Trail (from Ulrichen)
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
2.9 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
315 m
Descent
10 m
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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.
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