Winter hiking tours in the mountain village Goms

Snowshoeing

Blaswald Trail (from Ulrichen)

Snowshoeing · Obergoms
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  • On the Blaswald Trail
    / On the Blaswald Trail
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Fun in powder snow
    Photo: ©christianpfammatter, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / View into the valley and the mountain village Ulrichen
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / In the Blaswald above Ulrichen
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / View from the Sentumhitte
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Branching towards Obergesteln and Ulrichen
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Kurz vor der Senntumhütte.
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY-SA, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Hotel Walser, Ulrichen
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Mountain village Ulrichen in winter dress
    Photo: ©christianpfammatter, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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Far away from civilization and traffic, the Blaswald Trail finds its way across pastures and through mountain forest to the former ski lift mountain station and summery Alp Senntumhitte. 
difficult
5.6 km
3:00 h
447 m
447 m
If you want to hike with snowshoes up to the beautiful Blaswald above Ulrichen, start your tour at the former Sust "Zum Loch" at the foot of Nufenen- and Griespass. Passing the small chapel St. Anna zum Loch, the path climbs steeply after the first flat section along the cross-country ski trail. The path zigzags through the snowy mountain forest. The first few metres of altitude difference are quickly covered and offer an impressive view of the mountain village of Ulrichen and the young Rhone Valley.

After the first pre-alps you meet the signpost which marks the descent to Obergesteln. But it is still too early for that. Following the markings, the trail continues to climb up to the landmark wooden cross on Blasenalp. From here you can already see the goal of the tour, the Senntumhitte.

Historical remark: A small ski lift once led across the Blasenalp foothills. At the Senntumhütte you can still see the remains of the pole of the mountain station.

Author’s recommendation

If you don't like to walk the same way there and back, you can choose the ascent or descent from/to Obergesteln.
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Senntumhitte, 1789 m
Lowest point
Ulrichen, Zum Loch, 1350 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Walser

Safety information

The use of the snow shoeing 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.

Local conditions may entail changes to routes.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

Ulrichen, Zum Loch (1357 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.503591, 8.317611
DMS
46°30'12.9"N 8°19'03.4"E
UTM
32T 447642 5150228
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Destination

Ulrichen, Zum Loch

Turn-by-turn directions

Ulrichen, Zum Loch - Bifig - Zwisched Gasse - Heeji - Heibode - Biine - Lade - Senntumhitte - Lade - Biine - Heibode - Heeji - Zwisched Gasse - Bifig - Ulrichen, Zum Loch

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Ulrichen in 1h 15 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 ca. 37 km to Ulrichen.

The Goms valley is also easily accessible from direction Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt – car transport Furka.

Parking

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

Coordinates

DD
46.503591, 8.317611
DMS
46°30'12.9"N 8°19'03.4"E
UTM
32T 447642 5150228
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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

Equipment

We recommend:
  • Good snowshoes
  • Waterproof footwear and walking sticks
  • Hat and warm protective outdoor clothing
  • Sun protection
  • 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

  • Oberfäld Trail
  • Hüswäg Trail
  • Hungerberg Trail
  • Galmihornhütte Trail
  • Urschgen Trail
  • Stalenkapelle Trail
  • Rotten Trail
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
5.6 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
447 m
Descent
447 m
Public transport friendly Point-to-point Scenic Forest roads Clear area Forest

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