Erschmatt /

Location: Haut-Valais, right bank of the Rhône after and above Leuk – town

Description: Not too difficult hike which takes place in a dry environment typical of the Rhône valley

Total length: about 8 km

Walking time: about 3 hours

Elevation: +/- 463 meters

Altitude: between 901 and 1314 meters

National hiking map 1: 50’000: 273 Montana

Best period: March to October

Difficulty : T2


From the center of the village of Erschmatt (paid parking at the cemetery) go down Kreutzstrasse to reach Hauptstrasse. Follow this last road towards the east for 50 meters and take the path downstream of the road towards Leuk and Hohe Brücke. Follow this path downhill for about 2 km (once it crosses the Hauptstrasse in a hairpin) to the Hohe Brücke and the Hauptstrasse. Take the Hohe Brücke and continue uphill towards Oberrotafen and Wiler. After about 1.5 km of climbing at a place called Rigge, do not turn left but stay on the right to pass by a path under the large antenna and the church of Wiler. After joining Kirchstrasse, take the Wiler road towards Feschel.
The route follows the road for 1 km. In the center of the village of Feschel, leave the main road and head right along the Biel road towards Erschmatt (pink arrows on the asphalt). very quickly the path goes down towards the river and crosses a bridge. About a hundred meters after this bridge, the route crosses a torrent by means of a grated footbridge and goes up directly towards the main road to Erschmatt. Follow the main road for 150 meters and take the path upstream of the road. Follow this path which overlooks the road after a very short climb and which continues towards Erschmatt and the starting point.

Useful information

There is no problem organizing a picnic along the route. The Hohe Brücke dates from the 16th century, like the small chapel located before the bridge. The chapel altarpiece is the work of the sculptor Johannes Ritz and dates from 1699.

Print itinerary

Interactive map

Public transport timetable (Leuk Bahnhof – Erschmatt Dorf)