Hiking tours in the mountain village Goms

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Furkapass – Rhonegletscher

Hiking Trail · Rhonegletscher
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  • Wanderung entlang des Rhonegletschers
    / Wanderung entlang des Rhonegletschers
    Photo: David Singh, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Rhonegletscher von unten
    Photo: David Singh, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Aussicht auf die Passtrassen und in das Taal
    Photo: David Singh, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Rhonegletscher
    Photo: David Singh, Obergoms Tourismus AG
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    Photo: Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / Ice cave in the Rhone glacier
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Der Rhonegletscher
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • / Rhone Glacier
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Sunrise on the Grimsel Pass with view of the Rhone Glacier and Furka Pass
    Photo: ©christianpfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
  • / View from the Furka Pass towards Gletsch
    Photo: ©christianpfammatter, CC BY, Obergoms Tourismus AG
m 2500 2400 2300 2200 3,5 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Eisgrotte im Rhonegletscher Furka Passhöhe Eisgrotte & Souvenirshop Quellgebiet Rhone
A great hike with breathtaking views of the Rhone Glacier, Lauteraarhorn and Finsteraarhorn
easy
Distance 3.6 km
2:10 h
330 m
330 m
The trail takes us comfortably from the Furka Pass to a unique vantage point above the Rhone Glacier. This place is also attributed to the Rhone spring.

Author’s recommendation

This hike is a section of the Four Springs Trail. We recommend to spend more time in Obergoms and to hike the Four Springs Path independently.
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Updated: November 16, 2020
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
2,476 m
Lowest point
2,235 m
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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 report https://www.obergoms.ch/summer-report provides you with valuable information from the region.

Tips and hints

Summer report at https://www.obergoms.ch/summer-report

Time table www.sbb.ch

Telephone number of rescue service: 144

Start

Furkapass, Pass height (2,428 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'674'875E 1'158'419N
DD
46.572861, 8.415351
DMS
46°34'22.3"N 8°24'55.3"E
UTM
32T 455198 5157865
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Destination

Furkapass, Pass height

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Furka pass we follow the marked hiking trail up to the Rhone glacier, back on the same trail.

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. In Oberwald, change to the PostAuto Furkapass-Linie to the stop Furka Passhöhe.

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 40 km to Oberwald. From here you follow route no. 6 to the Furkapass.

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

Parking

Parking at the Furka Pass

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'674'875E 1'158'419N
DD
46.572861, 8.415351
DMS
46°34'22.3"N 8°24'55.3"E
UTM
32T 455198 5157865
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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: 133 Urseren

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

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  • Round hike Grimselpass - Sidelhorn via Jostsee
  • Via Sbrinz Grimselpass - Obergesteln
  • 9 lake-trail
  • Pathway Rottenweg
  • Over the Alp Lenges to the Furkapass
  • Gommer Forrest-trail Oberwald - Reckingen
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.6 km
Duration
2:10 h
Ascent
330 m
Descent
330 m
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