Lötchenpass Hike Kandersteg Switzerland

Activity overview

This hike provides an introduction to glacier walking and offers the experience to spend the night at 1'900 m in Gfellalp, one of our KISC mountain huts.

Complete the Lötschenpass hike over two days. This hike follows the same route as the one-day Lötschenpass Hike, but for the first day, you will walk from Kandersteg, along the Gastern Valley and up to Gfellalp. This gives you the chance to have a more relaxed hike and to experience a mountain hut. The second day takes you from Gfellalp, up and over the Lötschenpass and down to Ferden where the bus and train will take you back to Kandersteg.

Schedule 

This is only a guide. Times might change according to the weather and the group’s ability.

Day 1

09:30 Meet your guide at the Centre, equipment check
10:00 Leave the Chalet and hike to the Gastern valley
13:00 Arrive in Selden and eat lunch
15:00 Arrive at Gfellalp hut
18:00 Eat dinner at the hut

Day 2

07:30 Wake up, eat breakfast, clean the hut
08:30 Begin hiking to Lotschenpass Hut
10:30 Begin Hiking into the Lochental
12:00 Lunch
16:42 Arrive in Ferden and catch the bus to Goppenstein
17:00 Take the train from Goppenstein through the Lotschberg tunnel
17:31 Arrive in Kandersteg and walk back the the Centre
Pricing 
  • Price Adult: CHF 52.00
  • Price Child: CHF 52.00

Price includes: a KISC guide, overnight at Gfellalp Hut, 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 to start on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • A leader or responsible person over 18 years old must be present as part of the group.
  • Don’t forget to plan your meals. If you want meals provided by KISC you need to book them separately. We advise to book a packed lunch for the first day (prepared in the morning), and a hut food package that includes dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day. For the lunch on the second day, you can book packed lunch which is also prepared by your group on the morning of the first day.
  • There is a kitchen at the hut available to use for all groups staying there. This includeds two stoves (one wood burning and one gas), access to fresh water, cooking utensiles, plates, cups, cutlery, oil and spices.
  • When cooking your dinner at the hut, please remember to cook for your Pinkie guide too; they will provide their own lunches and breakfast.
  • Please help us to take care of our huts for future groups by cleaning the hut before you leave, and recycling as you would do at the centre. Your Pinkie Guide will be on hand to answer any questions you have about this.
  • In high season it may be necessary to share rooms with another group.
  • The Lötschenpass Hut supplies all bedding, but you can take your own sleeping bags/sleeping bag liners if you would prefer.
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)

Extra equipment for overnight activities:

  • Sheet sleeping bag liner (not a regular sleeping bag)
  • Torch
  • Food - dinner and breakfast
Awards & Badges 

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

  • Huttentest: Gfellalphütte and Lötschenpasshütte
  • Wanderrucksack Silver: Gastereholz
  • Wanderrucksack Gold: Alpetli
  • 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 2 days
Difficulty 
TSA Terrain level 
2
Price adult 
CHF 52.00
Price child 
CHF 52.00
Programme theme 
High Adventure
Category 
Hiking
Mountain huts
Suitability 
Explorers
Rovers
Group size 4 - 12
Minimum age limit 
from 14 years

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