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Häufige Suchbegriffe

Grächen - Hannigalp

Hiking Trail

The 4-seater “Plattja“ chairlift is to be constructed and the mountain restaurant Hannigalp refurbished in the summer of 2017. Owing to construction work, the following hiking paths may be closed, or temporarily closed during this time:Closure (summer season)Hiking path no. 12 (from the Grächen lake up to the Hannigalp)Alternative routes: no. 9, 11, 17 & 20.

  • Type Hiking Trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1:30 h
  • Distance 3,1 km
  • Ascent 502 m
  • Descent 0 m
  • Lowest point 1617 m
  • Highest point 2120 m


You conquer roughly 500 metres difference in altitude on this roughly one-hour hike up to the Hannigalp. It is relatively short but is constantly uphill. The first few metres lead through Grächen village. You then pass the picturesque Grächen Lake. From there the hiking trail mostly runs across pastures and through the forest.

Die ersten Meter führen durch das Dorf Grächen. Anschliessend kommen Sie am malerischen See von Grächen vorbei. Ab da verläuft der Wanderweg mehrheitlich über Wiesen und durch den Wald.

We recommend:

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera binoculars (optional)
  • hiking p
  • oles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Grächen tourisme accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

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Parking spaces in Grächen: The car park Millegga is located by the village entrace in Grächen. Price per day (for covered parking space): CHF 15.00


Private Parking space provider:

Amstutz Trudy

Tel. +41 (0)27 956 13 35

Jeiziner Leon

Tel. +41 (0)27 956 16 31

Hotel Alpha

Tel. +41 (0)27 956 13 01

From Visp you take the train to St. Niklaus. There you change to the bus, which gets you to Grächen every half hour. On weekends a direct bus operates from Visp to Grächen.

The tourist office in Grächen has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1308 St. Niklaus

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