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.
Schedule 
This is only a guide. 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
Pricing 

Taking the following transport options is recommended. If you wish to book suggested transport options, you will need to book them in advance as it is likely to become fully booked.

Bus tickets can be booked through the online form under the name "Bus to Selden". More information about the bus can be found here.

  • Price adult: CHF 12.50 (single ticket)
  • Price child: CHF 8.50 (single ticket)

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

Tickets for the bus and train from Ferden to Kandersteg can only be bougt from the bus driver in Ferden.

  • Price Adult: CHF 14.00
  • Price Child: CHF 7.00
Important information 
  • You need to fill in the route card at reception, before your departure.
  • Please check at reception for the route conditions as they are reviewed regularly.
  • Leaflets containing more information on the exact route can be found in reception.
Equipment 
  • Rucksack - 20 to 40 litres
  • Hiking boots with ankle support (no trainers)
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Warm clothing - long trousers, fleece, warm hat and gloves (no jeans)
  • Sun protection - sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat
  • Water bottle - 2 litres
  • Food - packed lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (asthma inhalers, etc.)
  • Pocket money (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking map, compass and whistle
  • Mobile phone
Awards & Badges 

You can get closer to achieving the following awards and badges, by completing this activity:

  • Silver Wanderrucksack: Gastereholz
  • Eco Award
  • High Adventure Award
  • Swiss Explorer Award
  • KISC Challenge Award
  • Huttentest

More information about the awards and badges can be found here.

Activity

Season 
Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guidance 
Self-guided
Location 
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration From Selden: 3 hours 30 minutes to Lötschenpass Hut, and 8 hours to Ferden
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
2
Price adult 
Free
Price child 
Free
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
COVID Secure
Hiking
Suitability 
Explorers
Rovers
Group size 1 - 20
Minimum age limit 
from 14 years

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