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“Chalet die Gletscher”
The three storey architect designed chalet, built in 2007-2008, is luxuriously finished and appointed and is a blend of traditional chalet design lines and twenty first century glazing and convenience. The chalet is surrounded by mountains which are still snow capped during summer – and the spectacular views from every room offer a classic Swiss alpine panorama.
The chalet has three double sized bedrooms – two with double beds and the third has two large [90x200] single beds.
The top floor master bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, with shower, washbasin and toilet and a luxurious bath in which you can view the mountains while soaking in the bath after a days walk.
The master bedroom also has a small dressing room and front balcony with spectacular mountain range views. A day bed can be used for day reading and a young children’s bed at night
All rooms have air locked doors and windows and under floor central heating. The salon also has a wood fireplace.
Also on the top floor is a small study with desk for internet use or writing – and a day bed for reading which can also be used as a child’s bed at night.
The middle floor has the living rooms – a large modern kitchen with fan forced oven, microwave, 5 set hob, built in fridge freezer, dishwasher, and ample cupboard and pantry storage space.
Adjoining the kitchen is a ski raum for boot and walking stick storage – and a cloakroom with toilet and laundry with separate washer and dryer.
At the front of the kitchen is a large open plan salon with separate sitting and dining areas – and all with spectacular panoramic glacier, valley, and Mountain views framed by large full length floor to ceiling windows. The sitting room is comfortably furnished with an L shaped sofa and recliner armchair.
The dining table can comfortably seat 6-8 including children
The ground or basement floor has the two remaining double bedrooms.
The larger one has a double bed with double wardrobe chest and 10 storage draws.
This bedroom has large sliding doors that open out onto a covered terrace – and views of the mountain and Rhone valley from the bed.
The third bedroom is on the same floor and is set up as a bunk room with two large [90x200] single beds – and also has wardrobe, chest, etc and sliding doors to the outdoor terrace – both beds have mountain views.
The large shower room is on the same floor as these two bedrooms – and has a walk in shower, toilet, and washbasin.
Summer Barbequing can be done from the middle floor balcony or the large ground floor terrace.
A small alpine garden with lawn surrounds the chalet – accessible from the large sliding doors onto the middle floor balcony and ground floor terrace.
Lauchernalp Village - Summer:
Situated on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Beitschhorn region, Lauchernalp is the main ski area in the Lötschental Valley which runs off the Rhone Valley on the opposite side to Verbier and Zermatt.
Lauchernalp sits immediately above the town of Wiler; located 5 km from the southern end of the Lötschberg rail tunnel [which also carries car trains] and an hourly post bus from the Goppenstein train station complete an easy air/airport train link from Basel and Bern. Geneva is a 2 hour drive, or slightly longer by train, via Brig, and Zurich is a 3 hour drive. Whichever way you come, Swiss roads are excellent and the trains are, well, Swiss.
Developed from ancient mountain farming communities, Lauchernalp village has sunny south facing slopes, and magnificent valley, glacier and mountain views.
The nearby villages of Wiler and Kippel/Ferden, with charming narrow streets and ancient medieval twisted wooden houses surround the cable car station that links the 2000+ meter high Lauchernalp village with the villages in the valley below.
The Lotschental [“hidden valley”] valley is among the most beautiful in the Valais region and is located off the Rhone valley between the Berener and Walliser Alps in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn.
At Lauchernalp winter Skiing is from the summit [3000+metres] to Lauchernalp village ,over 33 kilometres of trials, suitable for all classes of skiers – particularly experienced skiers.
Chalet die Gletscher is situated opposite the Bietschhorn glacier which sits in the centre of the sitting room and bedroom windows - and the kitchen and dining areas of the salon overlook of the spectacular Lotschental glacier – both of which are better viewed in summer – as the green grass and trees of the lower slopes of the valley [submerged in snow in winter] contrast vividly with the icy blue glass of the glacier and the pure white snow caps of the upper mountain ranges.
The chalet is an excellent base for visiting the 30 kilometre long UNESCO listed Aletsch glacier in the neighbouring Rhone valley – for which you should allocate an entire day’s visit.
Ideal for walking, reading, writing, mountain climbing or just plain relaxing in the sun - the chalet has direct car access via a sealed road from Wiler which is located at the base of the valley with the cable car – but is only accessible by cable car during winter snows when the summer road provides an excellent 4 kilometre ski run to Wiler from Lauchernalp village.
On both sides of the chalet can be found an excellent range of summer and autumn walking paths – some with inns to quench your thirst – and some with icy cold mountain water streams so refreshing after a brisk walk.
A 15-30 minute stroll from the chalet along an ancient mountain path from the upper reaches of Lauchernalp village to nearby Fischbiel takes you to a hidden mountain valley with a stony creek and array of alpine flowers – is an excellent walk before breakfast or after dinner.
The Lotschental glacier at the end of the valley can be accessed from the same path to Fischbiel – which proceeds directly to the base of the glacier - and to another path along the glacier to an upper lake which you can swim in during summer – this is also a day excursion with a four hour walk – two hours each way with a picnic lunch by the lake in between.
The Wiler – Lauchernalp village cable car continues to the summit of the Hockenhorn Mountain where you get a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges – and seem to be in one of the highest points in the Swiss Alps.
The village itself has several delightful restaurants within walking distance of the chalet – the best of which are Restaurant Bartsunna [just above the cable car arrival] which has both Italian and Swiss cuisine and Restaurant Zudilli [just by the cable car] which has international and Swiss cuisine, a great cocktail bar overlooking the Lötschental glacier, and the best village coffee bar with a charming outdoor terrace also overlooking the glacier.
Within the neighbourhood in fact are 22 restaurants in total including those in the medieval valley towns of Wiler and Kippel/Ferden accessible via a 3minute cable ride – which is a three minute walk from the chalet.
Lauchernalp village also has its own grocery shop by the cable car and mini supermarkets are also available in nearby Wiler.
Leukerbad with its vast array of hot pools and spa baths and mineral treatments is open all summer – and can be accessed via a 3 hour walk over the Restipass or for the less energetic in 25 minutes by car from Wiler or 35 minutes from Lauchernalp
For serious shopping the city of Brig in the nearby Rhone valley is a half hour drive away – as well as good shopping and dining Brig has gyms, swimming pools, other sports centres – and ancient architectural monuments such as castles and gardens to visit.
Recommended summer/autumn walks from the chalet:
[A map of all local walking paths, all of which are linked to Lauchernalp village and have superb glacier, valley, and mountain views, can be obtained from the Lotschental Tourist Office which is located in the cable car building in Wiler – a 3 minute cable car ride down from Lauchernalp village.]
KUMENALP – An hour each way with a choice of both high and low [easier] paths.
RESTIALP – 90 minutes each way. Continue from Kummenalp to the inn for the thirsty walker.
FALDUMALP – 45 minutes from Restialp with a quaint village and church
LEUKERBAD – 3 hours each way. Access from Restipass via a 600 metre climb over the pass which includes sensational views. Enjoy lunch at the cable car station above Leukerbad. View the beautiful Wyssesee Lake 45 minutes from Restipass – which is also is an ideal stop for lunch if you take a picnic.
HOCKENHORN – this mountain has summer cable car access but you can also walk it in two hours so long as you are fit – and the views of the surrounding snow capped peaks form the summit are among the best in Switzerland.
BLAUSEE - This walk takes 2 ½ hours from Fafleralp [the small village at the base of the Lötschental glacier which you can walk to in 2 hours or drive to in 20 minutes from Lauchernalp village. The Blausee walk runs next to the glacier and past a beautiful blue water lake – and hence the name.
FOREST WALK FROM KIPPEL – Kippel is the village next to Wiler and this walk is on the opposite side of the valley from Lauchernalp village. Just cross the river at Kippel and follow the path up the valley towards the Lötschental glacier.
Other summer activities:
Running – Nordic walking
[See the tourism office at the cable car base station in Wiler for further booking details]
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city: Albinen bei Leukerbad
WHITE WATER RAFTING:
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