How to Hike Gastlosen Loop

Hiking the Gastlosen Tour in Switzerland

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The Gastlosen is a chain of limestone mountains that look very similar to the Dolomites of Italy. For 11 km, the trail loops around these magnificent, jagged mountains and you are treated to sweeping views of Switzerland.

This is a gorgeous hike. A chair lift lops off the first big climb (and the final descent), so it is manageable for many people. Since this hike is done as a loop, your views are always changing, and oh, what a view!

If you are looking for beautiful hike that can easily be done as a day trip from Lausanne or Bern, this is a great one to put on your list.

Facts About the Hike:

Distance: 11 km (6.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 800 meters (2625 feet)
Difficulty: Moderate
Length of Time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours
When to Go: This is best done in summer and early autumn, when the trail is free of snow. During the winter, the slopes are covered with snow and this becomes a popular place to go skiing.

Note: This trail is very easy to follow. The trail is periodically marked with yellow trail signs. Follow the green signs labeled Gastlosen Tour 262.

Gastlosen Hiking Sign

Gastlosen Trail Map

Gastlosen trail map. The hiking trail is yellow. The chair lift from Jaun is white. The optional trail to Wandflue is light blue.

Getting Here

This hike starts and ends in Jaun, Switzerland. If you are driving here from Lausanne, it is a beautiful drive, past brilliantly green hills dotted with small villages.

Swiss Countryside

Charmey, Switzerland

 

In Jaun, you will park at the large parking lot for the chair lift. This chair lift is labeled Jaun-Gastlosen Bergbahnen on Google Maps.

Gastlosen Map

 

The chair lift takes you to the Musersbergli chalet. You can purchase food, drinks, and use the toilet before you start your hike.

Jaun Switzerland

View of Jaun from the chair lift

 

Musersbergli Gastlosen

Musersbergli

Hiking Around the Gastlosen

Since this is a loop hike, you can do this in either direction. We hiked around the Gastlosen counter-clockwise.

Trail to Chalet du Soldat

It is a steady, gradual climb up to Chalet du Soldat. It’s not too strenuous, but since you will be walking uphill for the majority of this section of the hike, it can be tiring.

The trail is mostly a wide, graded, gravel trail, although there will be few narrow, singletrack sections when you hike through the forest.

Gastlosen Trail

Gastlosen Loop July

Once you reach Chalet du Soldat, take a break and enjoy the view. If you packed snacks, I recommend that you save them for Wolfs Ort. The view is stunning from here and it’s just little farther to go.

Chalet du Soldat Gastlosen

Chalet du Soldat 

 

View from Chalet du Soldat

View from the chalet

Hiking to Worfs Ort

This is the most challenging section of the Gastlosen Tour. In a relatively short distance, you hike up 200 meters. The trail is narrow and rocky, but once you get to the top, the views are spectacular.

Steep part of Gastlosen

Steep rocky trail

Gastlosen Hike in July

The view back down the trail to Chalet du Soldat

Once you get to Wolfs Ort, which is on the saddle between the Gastlosen and Wandflue, you get one of the best views of the day. 

Tim and Tyler Gastlosen

Hike Gastlosen

Gastlosen

Kara Gastlosen

Optional Add-On: Wandflue. From Wolfs Ort, you can continue the climb up to Wandflue, the next peak. To get here, it is a short, challenging climb on a sketchy trail to the summit (with another 200 meters of elevation gain) but it’s worth it if you want an amazing view of the Gastlosen and the surrounding countryside.

The Hike Back to Musersbergli

From Wolfs Ort, it is a mostly downhill walk to get back to the chair lift. This next section, as you walk alongside the Gastlosen, is one of the prettiest parts of this hike. On a clear day, you can also see the Bernese Alps to the east.

Gastlosen Flowers

Gastlosen Tour

Gastlosen Tour View

View looking east towards the Bernese Alps

 

Gastlosen Loop Hike

More of the Trail

Once you reach Chalet Grat, the hike is almost over. It’s one last walk downhill, and then briefly uphill, through a forest. This part of the hike feels rather boring, after everything you just saw.

Gastlosen in the Woods

Once at the chairlift station, you can grab a bite to eat or drink at Musersbergli and then ride the chairlift back to Jaun.

Tips to Have the Best Experience

Bring lots of water, sunblock, hiking poles, lunch and/or snacks. Wear hiking shoes or boots. Bring a jacket, even if you plan to do this midsummer. At this elevation, temperatures can get chilly.

Start early! This is a popular hike and the trail can get crowded, especially on weekends. Get here early to avoid the crowds.

A visit to the town of Gruyères makes a great addition to this day. Gruyères is a small town with just a handful of things to do. Plus, you could have a late lunch at one of restaurants before returning to Lausanne or Bern (or wherever your day started).


If you have any questions about hiking around the Gastlosen, let us know in the comment section below!

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