Lötschenpass Hike Kandersteg Switzerland

Activity overview

Take a memorable self-guided trip across the stunning Lötschenpass, an alpine crossing used as a trading route since Roman Times.
For this one day hike, take the bus from Kandersteg along the Gastern Valley, where the hike begins. The hike starts off steeply up the valley side, passing Gfellalp Hut and the Lötschen glacier: a spectacular introduction to glacier walking. From the Glacier, you continue further to the Lötschenpass (2’690 m). Soak up the view whilst enjoying your lunch, or even treat yourself to some well-earned cake at the Lötschenpass Hut! On a way back, you will then drop into the beautiful Lötschental Valley where you will catch a bus and a train to bring you back to Kandersteg.

Time: 3 h 30 min from Selden to Lötschenpass Hut, and 8 hours to Ferden
This is only one of the recommended time suggestions. Times might change according to the weather and the group’s ability.

07:35 Have the equipment ready, and prepare to leave
07:55 Catch an exciting bus ride to Selden
08:15 Start hiking up to the Lötchen glacier
12:30 Arrive at Lötschenpass Hut and eat lunch
13:30 Start hiking down the other side of the pass to Ferden
17:42 Take the bus to Goppenstein
18:01 Take the train from Goppenstein through Lötschberg tunnel
18:12 Arrive in Kandersteg train station and walk back to the Centre

If you wish to book suggested transport options, you will need to book them in advance as it is likely to become fully booked. The transport price is as follows:

Bus to Selden

  • Price Adult: CHF 12.50
  • Price Child: CHF 8.50

Bus & Train from Ferden to Kandersteg

  • Price Adult: CHF 14.00
  • Price Child: CHF 7.00

Guest Cancellation: the guest cancellation policy for the bus can be found here.

Important information 
  • Before your departure, you need to fill in a route card at Reception.
  • Leaflets containing more information on the exact route can be found in Reception.
  • Rucksack - lightweight and water resistant
  • Hiking boots with ankle support - trainers or shoes without ankle support are not acceptable
  • Waterproof jacket waterproof trousers
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litres)
  • Warm clothing (long trousers and fleece, no jeans)
  • Sun protection (hat, suncream and sunglasses)
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Special medication (asthma inhalers, etc.)
  • Packed food
  • Pocket money (optional)
  • Hiking Map, Compass & Whistle
  • Mobile Phone
Awards & Badges 

By completing this activity, you can get closer to achieving the following Awards and Badges: 

  • Silver Wanderrucksack: Gastereholz
  • Huttentest: Gfellalphütte and Lötschenpasshütte


Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
01.07.2019 to 30.09.2019
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration From Selden: 3 hours 30 minutes to Lötschenpass Hut, and 8 hours to Ferden
TSA Terrain level 
Price adult 
Price child 
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Group size 1 - 20
Minimum age limit 
from 14 years