Risk of forest fires throughout the canton of Valais
Since 17.07.2018 there is an absolute fire ban! (Official arrangement) Fixed fireplaces must not be used either! You are requested to strictly observe the fire ban!
Further information can be found at www.vs.ch/waldbrandgefahr
Hiking and biking trails
According to our information, hiking and biking trails are accessible except for the following closures and restrictions:
The section Ladstafe/Abzweigung Griesspass (PostBus stop) to Mändeli is closed until the end of the hiking season in autumn 2018 due to the danger of falling rocks on the Nufenenstock.
The zone must be generously circumvented via Nufenenpass, Cornopass (see detailed information about the alternatives). Redirection is signalled - especially on the Swiss side.
- Oberwald - Gletsch
Hiking trail is closed in the "Fure" area (near St. Niklaus Chapel) due to construction work. Forwarding is signaled.
- Oberwald - Grimsel Pass
In the Turitschi area, measures are being taken to maintain the protection forest. The hiking trails marked on the map are therefore inaccessible and will be diverted. Duration of disability: 17 September to 31 October 2018
We recommend good equipment, walking sticks, hiking maps or detailed hiking documentation for the hike. Use only marked hiking trails and follow all signs and instructions - for your own safety, for the protection of grazing animals and in respect for wildlife. Be considerate towards other trail users, plants and animals. Plan your hike carefully, taking into account the required fitness level of all participants, weather forecasts and seasonality. Adequate clothing and provisions (food and drink) are very important. If the weather is unstable, it is better to turn around early. When crossing snowfields and avalanche cones, you should take great care.
Cows and sheep on the trail
Tolerant cooperation is necessary so that the important work of the farmers can take place and our guests can nevertheless enjoy the beautiful alpine meadows on extended hikes. The document "Mit Kuh und Schaf unterwegs" (german only) with maps of the alpine pastures of the region provides useful information and rules of conduct. Comprehensive information on herd protection can be found at the following Internet address: www.herdenschutzschweiz.ch
Sincerely, your Obergoms