Rischinerwald Trail
Rischinerwald Trail

Snowshoe trekking

Rischinerwald Trail

Rischinerwald Trail

Blatten, Talstation–Rischinerwald–Stalden–Rischinerwald–Blatten, Talstation

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Rischinerwald Trail

Rischinerwald Trail

Starting from Blatten valley station, this short and easy trail takes you through the snow-covered Rischinu Forest. The trail initially passes through hilly landscapes in the direction of the Gibidum dam. It’s worth a detour for the views alone.
Blatten is an unspoilt mountain village in Valais. It is characterised by its sun-darkened wooden houses topped with stone slabs, as well as the distinctive Valais storehouses. Starting from the valley station in Blatten at an altitude of 1,327 metres, the route will initially take you along the street, reaching the Belstar restaurant “zum Franz” after a short distance. This is the last opportunity to replenish your energy levels.

At the bend slightly below the restaurant, the trail takes you across the Bruchi stream before delving into Rischinu Forest. Surrounded by fir trees, the route then continues along a slightly hilly terrain towards the Gibidum dam situated above the Massa Gorge. Besides the Massa and a variety of mountain streams, the gorge is also supplied with water from the Great Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. Interestingly, 65% of the reservoir’s basin is glaciated. From the arch dam, standing at 120 metres, you can see across the water and over into the mountains – it’s worth a detour for the views alone.

The return journey follows the same route, the trail forking at around the halfway point. After a trip through the fir forest, you’ll find yourself back at the valley station in Blatten. The route is suitable for a snowshoe stroll with the whole family. It is a short but very beautiful and easy snowshoe outing. The PostBus will take winter sports enthusiasts back to Naters or Brig.
Starting from Blatten valley station, this short and easy trail takes you through the snow-covered Rischinu Forest. The trail initially passes through hilly landscapes in the direction of the Gibidum dam. It’s worth a detour for the views alone.
Blatten is an unspoilt mountain village in Valais. It is characterised by its sun-darkened wooden houses topped with stone slabs, as well as the distinctive Valais storehouses. Starting from the valley station in Blatten at an altitude of 1,327 metres, the route will initially take you along the street, reaching the Belstar restaurant “zum Franz” after a short distance. This is the last opportunity to replenish your energy levels.

At the bend slightly below the restaurant, the trail takes you across the Bruchi stream before delving into Rischinu Forest. Surrounded by fir trees, the route then continues along a slightly hilly terrain towards the Gibidum dam situated above the Massa Gorge. Besides the Massa and a variety of mountain streams, the gorge is also supplied with water from the Great Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. Interestingly, 65% of the reservoir’s basin is glaciated. From the arch dam, standing at 120 metres, you can see across the water and over into the mountains – it’s worth a detour for the views alone.

The return journey follows the same route, the trail forking at around the halfway point. After a trip through the fir forest, you’ll find yourself back at the valley station in Blatten. The route is suitable for a snowshoe stroll with the whole family. It is a short but very beautiful and easy snowshoe outing. The PostBus will take winter sports enthusiasts back to Naters or Brig.
5 km | 1 Stage
280 m | 280 m
2 h 25 min
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return Blatten b. Naters,Luftseilbahn
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from December to April.
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Signalization

Routing
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.

Hints

Snoeshoe rent
Snowshoes can be rented on site:
www.belalp.ch

Contact

Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Rischinustrasse 5
3914 Blatten
Tel. +41 (0)27 921 60 40
tourismus@belalp.ch
www.belalp.ch

Services

Places

Blatten (Belalp)
Blatten (Belalp)
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Places of interest

Traverse the white Massa
Traverse the white Massa
Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Villa Cassel, Center Pro Natura Aletsch
Villa Cassel, Center Pro Natura Aletsch
Suspension Rope Park Blatten
Suspension Rope Park Blatten
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Signalization

Signalization
For snow shoe trekking, follow the logo indicated on the pink signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization