Tellialp: Mountain Hut
At Tellialp on the Sagenweg hike (see sport s tip) about an hour from Fafleralp the path zig zags down the meadow to a local mountain hut. We stopped here for a drink and a quick snack - honestly the food tasted better than it looked - local sausage and bread.
We were staying in Kandersteg so we needed to take the short train journey through the Loeschental tunnel to Goppenstein where the efficient transport service had the local post bus waiting to take us down the valley. We got off the bus at Wilder and took the gondola up to Lauchernalp, walked to Fafleralp from where we caught the bus back to Goppenstein. In the afternoons in the summer as its popular with walkers there are two return buses - one is a direct service and the other stops at several of the villages in the valley. Round tickets can be purchased too.
Fafleralp Sports & Outdoors
The Sagenweg hike covers the north-eastern part of the Lötschentaler Höhenweg, a beautiful easy trail on the slopes of the Lötschen valley. The path gradually descend from Lauchernalp (reached by gondola from Wiler) to Fafleralp, the furthest settlement in the valley, crossing cross meadows and forests. At first, there are many views of the Lang glacier behind Fafleralp. The rest of the trail runs through forests, and passes by the small lake of Schwarzsee - ideal spot for a picnic. Along the hike are information boards on tree stumps of local customs. The hike takes about 3 hours for the 9km trail.
Favorite thing: Fafleralp has its own little lake a short walk from the valley end. There is a restaurant nearby and a camping centre not far from a large car park and food kiosk bar. From here many other hike options can be made, close up to the glacier and other small lakes like the Grunsee and Guigisee - something for another time I hope.
Favorite thing: The main town of the Lötschental is Kippel with some 500 inhabitants. The old parish church, dating from the 1800's, holds a beautiful high altar that's worth seeing. There is also the local museum and the typical dark wood barns on stilts, characterisitic of Valais. Other villages of the valley include Ferden, Wiler and Blatten, all served by the local post bus from Goppenstein.
Favorite thing: The Loetschental Valley is the largest northern side valley of Rhône valley in the Valais canton in Switzerland. The river Lonza flows through this deep picturesque valley. 20 km long valley is surrounded by 3000 m high mountains, including the Bietschhorn (3934 m), the Hockenhorn (3293 m), the Wilerhorn (3307 m) and the Petersgrat (3205 m). The Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn area is the most glaciated area in the Swiss Alps, and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by decision of UNESCO on December 13, 2001, including southern and eastern parts of the Lötschental. It was a lovely discovery for us and unspoilt - its not on the usual tourist trail, but all the better for it. A have for hikes with the views of the Lang glacier at the far end. There are several villages dotted along the valley floor and alpine hamlets high above on the mountain pastures.