Switzerland: The Valais & Goms Valley

Self-Guided Walking Tour, Switzerland: The Valais & Goms ValleySelf-Guided Walking Tour, Switzerland: The Valais & Goms Valley

Switzerland

The Valais & Goms Valley

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Is the Goms Valley Switzerland’s best-kept secret? You decide. Tucked near the Italian border in the southern Alps, this undiscovered region is a haven for experienced travelers who seek a wilder Alpine experience. Pass through picturesque villages nestled among snow-clad peaks and lush meadows as you enjoy a classic Swiss walking adventure. Explore on your own schedule and whim, through green hills to Geschinen…into bluebell-dotted pinewoods…to charming Oberwald, a village beneath 9,000-foot peaks. Follow the riverside path from Münster to Gluringen’s beautiful baroque church; take a cable car to the top of the Eggishorn. This “Mountain of Views” astounds with 360-degree vistas of the Aletsch Glacier and its UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. HeadwaterWith visions of 13,000-foot summits and legendary Mont Blanc, it’s one of the many natural spectacles that await you in Switzerland.

2014 Downloadable Itinerary

Activity Level
Easy to moderate;
5-10 miles daily
Meet
Obergesteln, Switzerland
Depart
Blitzingen, Switzerland
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Self-Guided Walking 
8 days, 7 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast and dinner daily; beverages not Included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers and Headwater staff
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2014
June 8, 15
$1,807
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June 22, 29
$1,839
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July 6, 13
$1,888
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July 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17
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Aug 24
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Aug 31
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
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Obergesteln
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Obergesteln
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3
Obergesteln
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4
Blitzingen
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Blitzingen
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Blitzingen
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Blitzingen
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Blitzingen
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Day 1

Obergesteln

Arrival in Obergesteln

After a panoramic mountain rail journey, we meet you in Obergesteln and take you (5 mins) to the hotel where you’ll spend the next three nights. Time to relax over a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Hotel Hubertus

Obergesteln, Switzerland

This classic wooden four-story chalet-style hotel is located on the outskirts of Obergesteln, with an extensive network of walking trails right out the door. Bedrooms are spacious and light, with pine furnishings, a small sitting area, and balconies. A swimming pool offer wonderful views over the village and the valley. With a central fireplace in the lounge area surrounded by comfy sofas, the warm wood dining room is also especially pleasant in the evening by candlelight. One of the highest villages in the Goms Valley, Obergesteln is still a traditional farming community, with an unusual number of stone and brick homes built to resist the frequent fires to wooden structures in the past.

Day 2

Obergesteln

The Upper Goms Valley 9km/5.5mi/2.5hr or 12km/7.5mi /4hr

All walkers start out together today with a stroll across the valley floor and a gentle climb across the flower-covered hillside. The easier option is to descend to Geschinen—where you can peer into the woodcarver’s shop to admire his intricate artwork—before a riverside stroll by the Rhône takes you to Münster. The more energetic walkers climb into the wild and rocky Minstigerbach Valley—a fabulous place for a picnic. Everyone takes the little red train for the nine minute ride back to Obergesteln.

Hotel Hubertus

Obergesteln, Switzerland

This classic wooden four-story chalet-style hotel is located on the outskirts of Obergesteln, with an extensive network of walking trails right out the door. Bedrooms are spacious and light, with pine furnishings, a small sitting area, and balconies. A swimming pool offer wonderful views over the village and the valley. With a central fireplace in the lounge area surrounded by comfy sofas, the warm wood dining room is also especially pleasant in the evening by candlelight. One of the highest villages in the Goms Valley, Obergesteln is still a traditional farming community, with an unusual number of stone and brick homes built to resist the frequent fires to wooden structures in the past.

Day 3

Obergesteln

Obergesteln Circular Walk 10km/6mi/3hr or 12km/8mi/4hr

From the hotel, a path through bluebell-dotted pine woods leads to the charming little village of Oberwald; it’s right at the upper end of the valley and overlooked by majestic peaks towering to more than 3000m. After lunch you circle round the valley and back to the hotel with plenty of time to get in the Jacuzzi and enjoy an aperitif on the terrace while you admire great mountain views.

Hotel Hubertus

Obergesteln, Switzerland

This classic wooden four-story chalet-style hotel is located on the outskirts of Obergesteln, with an extensive network of walking trails right out the door. Bedrooms are spacious and light, with pine furnishings, a small sitting area, and balconies. A swimming pool offer wonderful views over the village and the valley. With a central fireplace in the lounge area surrounded by comfy sofas, the warm wood dining room is also especially pleasant in the evening by candlelight. One of the highest villages in the Goms Valley, Obergesteln is still a traditional farming community, with an unusual number of stone and brick homes built to resist the frequent fires to wooden structures in the past.

Day 4

Blitzingen

Obergesteln to Blitzingen 11km/7mi/4hr or 13km/8mi/ 4.5hr

Today you walk from the Upper to the Lower Goms, with a relaxed start by train to Münster. From there it’s a choice—the easier route meanders above the river before crossing to Gluringen, a picturesque village with pretty church. The longer route winds along the Gommer High Level Path, in and out of striking side valleys and past characterful mountain cafés. There are tremendous views towards the snow-capped Weisshorn as you near the Hotel Castle perched high on the hillside.

Hotel Castle

Blitzingen, Switzerland

Situated high above the village of Blitzingen at 4,429 feet in the heart of the imposing mountain world of the Valais region, and named after the fortress on the site of which it was built, the Hotel Castle has sweeping panoramic views over the entire Goms Valley. The modern guest rooms are one-bedroom suites with a living room and kitchenette (with refrigerator). The hotel is known for its excellent restaurant, a gothic-style dining room, where the food is of particularly high quality and artistic presentation. On the premises are also a small spa area (massages available), a typical cozy wood-lined “stube” bar, and an expansive sun terrace.

Day 5

Blitzingen

Blitzingen Circular Walks 13km/8mi/4hr or 16km/10mi /5hr

The valley narrows at Blitzingen before opening out to broad mountain views as you approach the timber-built village of Bellwald set high on an Alp. Its warren of narrow flower-filled alleys are a delight to explore. You can take the chairlift up to enjoy a sky-high picnic amid clover and buttercups before rambling back down through Niederwald, the birthplace of César Ritz.

Hotel Castle

Blitzingen, Switzerland

Situated high above the village of Blitzingen at 4,429 feet in the heart of the imposing mountain world of the Valais region, and named after the fortress on the site of which it was built, the Hotel Castle has sweeping panoramic views over the entire Goms Valley. The modern guest rooms are one-bedroom suites with a living room and kitchenette (with refrigerator). The hotel is known for its excellent restaurant, a gothic-style dining room, where the food is of particularly high quality and artistic presentation. On the premises are also a small spa area (massages available), a typical cozy wood-lined “stube” bar, and an expansive sun terrace.

Day 6

Blitzingen

Villages of the Lower Goms Valley 13km/8mi/4hr

Today offers a splendid walk through villages unchanged for centuries on the south-east side of the river. Explore lovely Mühlebach with its traditional Valaisian wooden buildings dating from the C14. Then it’s on to Ernen, Village of Culture and Music, which features murals and friezes on the Tellenhaus—and gasthofs for welcome refreshments!

Hotel Castle

Blitzingen, Switzerland

Situated high above the village of Blitzingen at 4,429 feet in the heart of the imposing mountain world of the Valais region, and named after the fortress on the site of which it was built, the Hotel Castle has sweeping panoramic views over the entire Goms Valley. The modern guest rooms are one-bedroom suites with a living room and kitchenette (with refrigerator). The hotel is known for its excellent restaurant, a gothic-style dining room, where the food is of particularly high quality and artistic presentation. On the premises are also a small spa area (massages available), a typical cozy wood-lined “stube” bar, and an expansive sun terrace.

Day 7

Blitzingen

Eggishorn and the Aletsch Glacier; 3.6km/2.2mi/1hr30min or 14.4km/9mi/4hr45min or 20.3km/12.6/6hr45min

A tremendous finale to your week begins with a ride by cable car to the top of the Eggishorn at 2926 meters (9600 feet), where you will be awestruck by the vista. There are full-length views of the mighty Aletsch glacier, the longest in Europe, and a 360º panorama that includes Eiger, Jungfrau, Finsterhorn, and Matterhorn. Superb picnic spots abound just beside the glacier.

Hotel Castle

Blitzingen, Switzerland

Situated high above the village of Blitzingen at 4,429 feet in the heart of the imposing mountain world of the Valais region, and named after the fortress on the site of which it was built, the Hotel Castle has sweeping panoramic views over the entire Goms Valley. The modern guest rooms are one-bedroom suites with a living room and kitchenette (with refrigerator). The hotel is known for its excellent restaurant, a gothic-style dining room, where the food is of particularly high quality and artistic presentation. On the premises are also a small spa area (massages available), a typical cozy wood-lined “stube” bar, and an expansive sun terrace.

Day 8

Blitzingen

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guest Comments

C. Devine & J. Sethna, New York, June 2012

We were originally concerned that the Goms Valley trip would be too "quiet," but we loved walking through the forests, fields, and mountains of this peaceful valley. It was just perfect.

L. & S. Lansdale, Maryland, July 2011

Wonderful! Incredible scenery, great accommodations and food, fantastic hiking! We were thrilled with the experience.

B. Frisch-Klopper, California, July 2012

I had an awesome Self-Guided tour. I have taken many regular hiking tours with CW and this one was just as good.

C. Devine, New York, June 2012

We were originally concerned that the Goms Valley trip would be too "quiet," but we loved walking through the forests, fields, and mountains of this peaceful valley. It was just perfect.

M. Price, Texas, September 2012

We loved the area for our tour—it was the "road less traveled," which is exactly what we wanted. The hotels were located in pristine areas where we could just sit on our balcony and say, "Awwww."
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