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Obergesteln hosts probably one of the oldest tree in Switzerland.
moderate
3 km
1:06 h
310 m
4 m
The larch above the village is 7.4 metres in girth, 35 metres in height and roughly 700 - 800 years old. It witnessed Alemanni colonise the valley. It saw the hardships that forced the Walser to leave the region. It saw the arrival of the first train, the first car and the first motorcycle climb the passes. Nowadays, it wonders why people stare into a flat flickering thing.

Because the tree is hollow inside, a core drilling and precise determination of the annual rings are not possible. However, the age has been estimated by comparison with other trees.

Five adults fit in the hollow space inside the tree. It is slightly crooked, though, and strong wind in combination with heavy wet snow could topple it.

Author’s recommendation

Gommer High Trail Package

Discover Obergoms with its many beautiful forest and meadow paths and its wonderfully fragrant larch forests. The first premium hiking trail in Switzerland offers a magnificent view of the white peaks of the Valais four-thousand-metre peaks and guides you through the fascinating landscape of the Obergoms.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1661 m
Lowest point
1350 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The use of the 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, even when the sky is overcast.

Plan your tour carefully and in detail. Inform yourself in advance about the current conditions and weather conditions. The summer sports report provides you with valuable information from the region.

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

Tips, hints and links

Start

Railway Obergesteln (1354 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.513793, 8.324079
UTM
32T 448148 5151357

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Oberwald in 1h 17 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

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Getting there

From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for 38.7km 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 https://www.matterhorngotthardbahn.ch/de/winter/anreise/autoverlad/furka/

Parking

Follow the local parking guidance system.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3 km
Duration
1:06 h
Ascent
310 m
Descent
4 m
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