Scouts arriving at the Lötchen glacier

Activity overview

Take a memorable 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.

07:30 Meet your guide at the Centre, have the equipment ready, and prepare to leave
07:55 Catch bus to Selden
08:30 Start hiking up to the Lotchen glacier
12:30 Arrive at Lotchenpasshutte and eat lunch
13:30
Start hiking down the other side of the pass to Ferden
17:42
Take the bus to Goppenstein
18:00 Take the train from Goppenstein through Lotchberg tunnel
18:12
Arrive in Kandersteg train station and walk back to the Centre
Pricing 
  • Price Adult: CHF 35.00
  • Price Child: CHF 35.00

Price includes: a KISC guide, bus to Selden, bus from Ferden to Goppenstein and the train from Goppenstein to Kandersteg.

Guest cancellation:

  • Less than 7 days before activity: fee of 50% of the price per person
  • Less than 48 hours in advance: non-refundable
Important information 
  • This hike is not available on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. 
  • A leader or responsible person over 18 years old must be present as part of the group.
Equipment 

All participants must have everything on the list. If a participant does not have all of the required items, they will not be able to join the activity.

  • 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)
Awards & Badges 

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

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

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

Activity

Season 
Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guidance 
Guided by KISC
Location 
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 1 day
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
2
Price adult 
CHF 35.00
Price child 
CHF 35.00
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
COVID Secure
Hiking
Suitability 
Explorers
Rovers
Group size 4 - 12
Minimum age limit 
from 14 years

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