Winterwanderweg - Eine einmalige Tour zum Grimselpass

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Winter crossing of the Grimsel Pass

Winter Hiking · Obergoms
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  • The white summits of the Gärstenhörner and the Galenstock
    / The white summits of the Gärstenhörner and the Galenstock
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • View from the Grimsel Pass into the Rhone Valley
    / View from the Grimsel Pass into the Rhone Valley
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • Grimsel Shuttle from Oberwald to Grimsel pass
    / Grimsel Shuttle from Oberwald to Grimsel pass
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe
    / Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • Sledging fun of 13 km from Grimselpass to Oberwald
    / Sledging fun of 13 km from Grimselpass to Oberwald
    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
Map / Winter crossing of the Grimsel Pass
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For the first time in the history of the Grimsel Pass, it is possible for Valaisans and Bernese to shake hands on the fairytale snow-covered top of the mountain pass thanks to a winter hiking trail that crosses the borders of the cantons.
difficult
18.7 km
6:30 h
949 m
613 m
In winter high up into the untouched landscape of the Grimsel Pass? Let's get going!

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.

For nature lovers, Damian Hischier's team of snow sports instructors offers you a special supervised experience. On the guided tour to the Grimsel Pass you will learn impressive information about the winter landscape and its wild inhabitants.

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 post bus 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 at Pische Sport Oberwald and enjoy a unique descent into the young Rhone Valley.

Author’s recommendation

  • 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 from Pische Sport

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Chrizegge, 2297 m
Lowest point
Oberwald, Dorf, 1369 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel Restaurant Rhonequelle
Hotel Restaurant Grimsel Passhöhe

Safety information

The 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.

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

Start

Oberwald, village (1369 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.534653, 8.349018
UTM
32T 450080 5153659

Destination

Guttannen, Gerstenegg

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald, Dorf - Fure - Stapfe - Oberwald, Rhonequelle - Hoflüe - Läger - Grimselbode - Matteltini - Chrizegge - Grimsel, Passhöhe

Grimsel, Passhöhe - Merlen - Obri Tolen - Undri Tolen - Grimsel, Staumauer - Grimsel, Summerloch - Geissgufer - Räterichsboden - Guttannen, Gerstenegg

Note: From the Grimsel pass follow the Ratrack lane along the pass road in the direction of Gerstenegg.

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 can be found at www.sbb.ch.

Getting there

From 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

Parking

Parking spaces are available in the vicinity of the railway station or in the village of Oberwald. Follow the local parking guidance system.
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: 1250 Ulrichen / 1230 Guttannen

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
18.7 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
949 m
Descent
613 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Insider tip

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