On the old mule track from the Grimsel Pass down into the Rhone Valley to Obergesteln. Again and again you will find places where the old road surface (natural pavement or large covers with stone slabs) is still intact. Today the path is part of the Sbrinz route. The old trade route led from Lucerne via Lake Lucerne, the Haslital up to Grimsel and then down to Obergesteln.
- 8,26 km
- 2 hours 30 minutes
- 36 m
- 847 m
- start: Grimselpass, Bustation
- destination: Obergesteln Station
Good to know
From the large car park at the hotels on the Bern side of the Grimsel Pass, walk past the Marmeltierpark and then left down to the lake. The path leads along the southwestern shore of the lake to the flat opposite slope. With hardly noticeable gradient the path leads to the highest point (2'205 m.a.s.l.) and from here down into the valley to Obergesteln.
The use of the hiking trails is at your own risk. Obergoms Tourismus AG disclaims all liability and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information on this website.
Take a map with you or download the complete description of the route with a large-scale map. Use only signposted paths and observe all markings and signs - for your own safety, for the protection of the landscape and in respect for wildlife. Be considerate of other users. Take your rubbish and that of others with you.
Weather conditions in the mountains can change very quickly and without warning. Adequate clothing and provisions (food and drink) are very important. If the weather is unstable, it is better to turn around early.
Carry additional sun protection with you. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, even when the sky is overcast.
Plan your tour carefully and in detail. Inform yourself in advance about the current conditions and weather conditions. The summer report provides you with valuable information from the region.
- Good footwear and walking sticks
- Sun and rain protection and warm clothing
- Detailed map or information material with good tour preparation
- Provisions for your day in the great outdoors
- Pocket pharmacy and mobile phone for emergencies
There are various offers and attractions around the Grimsel Pass:
- Furka Steam Railway
- Gelmer railway
- and much more
From Brig follow cantonal road No 19 (Furkastrasse) for 40 km to Oberwald. From here you follow route no. 6 for 6 km to the Grimsel pass
The Goms valley is also easily accessible from direction Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt – car transport Furka www.matterhorngotthardbahn.ch.
- Parking at the Grimsel Pass.
- Parking is available at Oberwald station.
The regional trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway take you from Brig to Oberwald in 1h 23 min. The Goms valley is also easily accessible from the Zurich / Lucerne via Andermatt and the Furka base tunnel.
The timetables for all trains and busses can be found at www.sbb.ch.
In Oberwald, change to the PostAuto Grimselpass-Linie to the stop Grimsel Passhöhe.
You will find the following brochures in the tourist information offices and in most hotels and restaurants in Obergoms:
- Summer map of Obergoms with hiking paths and bike trails
- Holiday companion
Hiking map, Rotten Verlag, 1:25‘000
National maps 1:25'000 Swisstopo: 1250 Ulrichen
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