From Rinderhutte traverse the mountainside with excellent views over the Rhone valley before reaching the remote-feeling Restipass high above alpine meadows then retrace your steps to Rinderhutte.
Take the cable car from Leukerbad to Rinderhutte and leave the ski furniture around Rinderhutte behind to follow the traversing mountain path with excellent views over the Rhone valley. Soon the path curves left and you’ll see the jagged peak of the Mauerhorn ahead on the left of the Restipass. Continue on the narrow mountain path to pass the Wysse See, from here the ascent steepens slightly, but on reaching the Restipass, at 2633 m, you are rewarded with views into the Lotschen valley.
The high point of the pass it quite barren as snow lies here late into the season but the path over the gravel-field at the top is good and the high point is marked with a cairn (conical pile of rocks). If there is still lingering snow and you’re not comfortable with the terrain simply turn back and retrace your steps to Rinderhutte where the route finishes. Return to Leukerbad using the Rinderhutte cable car.
Keep an look out for alpine marmots on the upper slopes as you near the Restipass and listen out for their charming calls.
Most of the route is on well-marked, and well-trod trails, but there at the Restipass some snow may linger late into the season – if the snow cover is hardpacked and you aren't comfortable crossing the terrain simply turn around and begin retracing your steps to the Rinderhutte station.
Some short sections of the dirt path are eroded with steep grassy slopes below so please take care and navigate these carefully - you’ll find walking poles useful.
Depending on the conditions when you do the route please make your own decision about whether any lingering snow is safe to cross. We also do not recommend you walk the route in wet and windy weather conditions.
The route is well-walked but please make sure that you’re suitably equipped (see your information pack for a complete recommended kit list). Waterproofs, warm layers, gloves, hat, sunhat and sunscreen are all recommended in a ~25 litre or less backpack. Make sure to bring plenty of water (around 2 litres per person) and food for the day.
If you prefer to wear sturdy walking shoes rather than walking boots feel free to wear those (as the terrain can be rocky you’ll find that gym trainers won’t have enough support). Walking poles are a useful aid for helping to take pressure off your knees.
Points of Interest
Leukerbad-Rinderhutte cable car information: http://www.torrent.ch/en/wintersportreport.php (approx. every 30 mins between 9am-5pm).
Food & Drink
There is nowhere to eat or get fresh water along the trail today so make sure you bring plenty of food and water (at least 2 lites per person). You can buy provisions from Leukerbad - there are a couple of small supermarkets/convenience stores there along with many cafes and bakeries.