NEW over 100 km cross-country skiing runs on Loipe Goms

Winter Hiking recommended route

Winter crossing of the Grimsel Pass

Winter Hiking · Goms · closed
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  • Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe, Grimsel pass
    / Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe, Grimsel pass
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  • / Toboggan run / winter hiking trail Grimsel pass
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  • / Grimsel Shuttle from Oberwald to Grimsel Pass
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  • / The white summits of the Gärstenhörner and the Galenstock
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  • / View from the Grimsel Pass into the Rhone Valley
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  • / Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe
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  • / Cosy restaurant Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe
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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.
Distance 18.4 km
6:30 h
886 m
555 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.

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.



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.

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
Highest point
Chrizegge, 2,234 m
Lowest point
Oberwald, Dorf, 1,369 m
Best time of year

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.

Tips and hints


Oberwald, village (1,369 m)
2'669'839E 1'154'111N
46.534653, 8.349018
46°32'04.8"N 8°20'56.5"E
32T 450080 5153659


Guttannen, Gerstenegg

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald, Dorf - Fure - Stapfe - Oberwald, Rhonequelle - Hoflüe - Läger - Grimselbode - Sattelti - Nassbode - 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.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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

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


Parking spaces are available in the vicinity of the railway station or in the village of Oberwald. Follow the local parking guidance system.


2'669'839E 1'154'111N
46.534653, 8.349018
46°32'04.8"N 8°20'56.5"E
32T 450080 5153659
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


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
  • Helmet for the sledge run

Similar routes nearby

  • Oberwald - Hotel-Restaurant Rhonequelle
  • Rottenweg (Oberwald - Niederwald)
  • Circular trail Pischenwald
  • Circular trail Matte (Oberwald)
  • Hangweg (Oberwald - Biel)
  • Circular trail Münster airfield
  • Mattenweg (Münster - Reckingen)
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18.4 km
6:30 h
886 m
555 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip Linear route Groomed snow


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