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The Lötschental Valley, Valais, Switzerland

The Lötschental is considered the most beautiul of the Valais valleys and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"Ferden is the first village in the Loetschental and is therefore the gateway to the most unspoilt alpine valley...... some buildings date back to the 14th and 15th centuries and provide evidence of the architecture and construction methods of this era." Guide

The Valais (Wallis in German)is Switzerland's third largest canton and is the valley of the River Rhone to Lake Geneva. Still a wild and little known area beyond the famous resort of Zermatt, the only town of any size is Sion.

"The stunningly beautiful Loetschental, comprising half a dozen tranquil communities strung out along ten km of the valley floor and overlooked on both sides by alpine ridges topping 3300 metres. The huge glaciers sliding down from the Konkordiaplatz are a constsnt presence at the head of the valley." Guide.

The road through the Lötschental ends at Fafleralp which has just two hotels and is a very popular camping spot in Summer for walking and a paradise for snow sports in winter. See my Blog post .



Ferden view
Ferden view
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Mountain chalets
Mountain chalets
 Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Switzerland's National Day
Switzerland's National Day
Switzerland's National Day
Switzerland's National Day
Icy, clear water flows from many wells
Icy, clear water flows from many wells
Ferden
Ferden
 Ferden
Ferden
Kippel
Kippel
 Kippel
Kippel
Kippel
Kippel
 Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Ferden
Wiler
Wiler
 Wiler
Wiler
Kippel
Kippel
Blatten
Blatten
Kippel
Kippel
Stopping for the view, along the valley.
Stopping for the view, along the valley.
Ferden
Ferden
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Fafleralp
Lotschental Valley
Lotschental Valley
 Blatten
Blatten
Ferden
Ferden
Wiler
Wiler
Walk to Blatten
Walk to Blatten
Blatten
Blatten
Blatten
Blatten
Swiftly flowing glacial rivers.
Swiftly flowing glacial rivers.
Home exchangers at Saviese
Home exchangers at Saviese
A lovely lunch at the home of our home exchangees
A lovely lunch at the home of our home exchangees
Our host prepares a Raclette
Our host prepares a "Raclette"
Raclette melted and delicious
"Raclette" melted and delicious
Grandmother's Tarte Pomme
Grandmother's Tarte Pomme
Taking off around the mountain, following the irrigation channel
Taking off around the mountain, following the irrigation channel
Crossing the high metal bridge {PG}
Crossing the high metal bridge {PG}
....and look what we found around a corner
....and look what we found around a corner
Resting
Resting
Always, the views
Always, the views
Our wonderful exchange hosts
Our wonderful exchange hosts
Finally and sadly, farewell Ferden
Finally and sadly, farewell Ferden