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Easy to access, but with a feeling of real remoteness. This is the largest valley on the northern side of the Rhône valley in the canton of Valais, with a relatively small population of only 1,500 people. The Lötschental was likely first settled during the Roman period, but remained largely cut off from the outside world – a remote and difficult to access place, especially during the winters. The railway, and eventually a road, came in during the 20th century.  

We love the small towns and historic architecture, including creepy mask carving traditions. Blatten in particular has a ‘place that time forgot’ energy about it. The skiing was excellent and we’d recommend the area for a summer hiking trip. 

Lodging & Food in Blatten

  • We stayed at **Hotel Edelweiss, where Galen stayed twice as a child. Friendly and remodeled, with a sauna. Rooms are a bit small, get one of the larger options. The restaurant is good (on our 2024 trip, even better than we remembered) and the staff pleasant and engaging.
  • **Hotel Breithorn, also in Blatten, has been remodeled recently and has cozy, well-appointed rooms. The restaurant is also good, aiming a little fancier than the Edelweiss. 

To do in the summer – stay (or eat) at the fancy new hiking hut Anenhutte – a two hour hike from Blatten up the valley.

Ski Notes (**Lauchernalp ski area)

Steep! No crowds, great views. Very high elevation (3100M at the top, mid-mountain is about 2000M). All above tree line, wide open, great off piste and multiple, very long, steep piste runs. It’s extremely secluded and it appears only locals know about it. Very good late season spot.

On the hill, **Berghaus is a good lunch spot, tasty food with a view overlooking the valley. There are also a variety of “drinking huts” for breaks next to the main chair/tram stops.

The town of Kippel at the base of the tram has a museum (haven’t been yet, tricky hours), at least one restaurant, and more hotel options. We would also consider staying on the hill – it’s a bigger area than Belalp, mostly self-catering house rentals. https://lauchernalp-resort.ch/ appears to own most of the higher end properties on the hill (not cheap!).