Hiking tours in the mountain village Goms

Hiking Trail recommended route

Gommer Höhenweg: Oberwald - Bellwald

Hiking Trail · Goms
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  • Wandern entlang des Gommer Höhenwegs
    / Wandern entlang des Gommer Höhenwegs
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  • / Wandern entlang eines Stadels
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  • / Gommer Höhenweg
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  • / Entspannen am Gommer Höhenweg
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  • / Bergwelt in rosa Blütenpracht
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  • / Wandern durch den geschützten Wald
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  • / Aussicht vom Gommer Höhenweg
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  • / Orientation on the hiking tour
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  • / Ein- und Ausstiegsmöglichkeiten in allen Gommer Bergdörfern
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  • / Wandern in den schützenden Wald
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  • / Good hiking preparation is worth it!
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An unforgettable discovery tour on beautiful forest and meadow paths. The high-level trail through the young Rhone Valley is considered one of the most beautiful in Switzerland.
difficult
Distance 28.3 km
9:35 h
1,129 m
951 m
Discover the Goms from its most beautiful side. The Gommer Höhenweg promises the highest level of hiking enjoyment on excellent and well-marked paths. It leads over 28 km through fragrant larch forests and across wide alpine meadows. The mighty three- and four-thousand-metre peaks of the Valais Alps frame the horizon, while the mighty pyramid of the Weisshorn (4505 m) towers in the middle.

The trail can be divided into two hiking days. The recommended stages are Oberwald - Münster and Münster - Bellwald, each lasting 4 to 4.5 hours. Access is, however, possible from all Goms mountain villages within 20-30 minutes. Thanks to the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, which stops at each village, a wide variety of tours are possible.

A large part of the forests in the young Rhone Valley are protective forests, which protect the villages with their sun-burned houses from avalanches, rock falls and landslides. Above Ritzingen, an audio theme trail explains the functions of the protection forest and the work of local foresters.

Author’s recommendation

Theme trail of the protection forest

On the 1.4 km long additional loop above Ritzingen, you will learn at 11 different stations (with QR code for the audio version) how the Service of Forest Goms protects and cares for the forest.

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Updated: April 09, 2021
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difficult
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Highest point
Guferschmatte, 1,789 m
Lowest point
Oberwald, train station, 1,364 m
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Rest Stop

Buvette z'Guferschmatte
Walibachhütte

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 report provides you with valuable information from the region.

Tips and hints

Start

Oberwald, train station (1,366 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'669'366E 1'153'680N
DD
46.530820, 8.342780
DMS
46°31'51.0"N 8°20'34.0"E
UTM
32T 449598 5153237
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Destination

Bellwald, cable car station

Turn-by-turn directions

Oberwald, train station - Bawald - Jostbach - Gflieli - Milibach - Birchi - Gadestatt - Tällibach - Nessel - Niderbach - Bine - Geschinerbach - Löuwene - Münstigerbach - Gifi - Wiler - Brand - Guferschmatte - Bächitalbach - Bine - Bawald - Resti - Walibach - Walibachhütte - Igschenen - Hilperschbach - Wanna - Wilerbach - Wilerlärch - Riti - Willere - Schlettere - Bellwald, cable care station

Roadbook

Note


all notes on protected areas

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 and busses 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.

Parking

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'669'366E 1'153'680N
DD
46.530820, 8.342780
DMS
46°31'51.0"N 8°20'34.0"E
UTM
32T 449598 5153237
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 and in most hotels and restaurants in Obergoms:
  •  Summer map of Obergoms with hiking paths and bike trails
  • Holiday companion

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map, Rotten Verlag, 1:25‘000
  • National maps 1:25'000 Swisstopo: 1250 Ulrichen / 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

  • Gommer Höhenweg: Oberwald - Münster
  • Gommer Forrest-trail Oberwald - Reckingen
  • Over the Alp Lenges to the Furkapass
  • Pathway Rottenweg
  • Via Sbrinz Obergesteln - Riale
  • 9 lake-trail
  • Round hike Grimselpass - Sidelhorn via Jostsee
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
28.3 km
Duration
9:35 h
Ascent
1,129 m
Descent
951 m
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