28. March 2016 | categories: Hiking
It’s Saturday, March 19th. I get up at 4:30 a. m., have breakfast and get on my way to the station. At 8:20 am I reach Leuk and head towards Visp/Brig.
First the path climbs slightly up the other side of the river and then follows the Rhône uphill.
After a few kilometres the path descends down to the river and then continues along the Rhône. You can see the road up to the Lötschberg. It’s getting warmer. In Gampel-Steg, a spot on my right foot hurts me. But I don’t want to go back again. Since it is so nice weather, I walk barefoot.
At the edge of the paths the ground is pleasantly warm, only in shady places one notices that it would still be winter. That’s how I approach Raron, so I can reach him surprisingly quickly.
After Raron the trail goes up again and soon I see Visp in the distance.
At St. German I see the exit of the Lötschberg base tunnel. In the village there is also an old Wetterstein, which describes the weather. If it has fallen down there was an earthquake, it is completely gone it was stolen. The weather text was written in the 14th century.
Shortly after St. German the trail goes down to Baltschieder, which is just in front of Visp. After another 30 minutes I reach Visp station and feel the longer barefoot march of more than five hours on the soles.
Tip: From Raron to Baltschieder the hiking trail takes about two to three hours (unless you walk barefoot). The path goes uphill and offers a beautiful view from the Valais. It is also good for families.
P.S. The title quote is from Laozi, a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 6th century BC.