Valais, Switzerland
Lötschental virtual field trip


The Lötschental is a 26 km long valley located on the northern side of the Rhône valley in the canton of Valais in SW Switzerland. It is southwest-facing for most of its length, but in its lowest reaches it turns sharply to the south and descends steeply to join the Rhône valley. The valley is overlooked by peaks in excess of 3000 m, including Tschingelhorn (3562 m), Breithorn (3780 m) and Bietschorn (3934 m).

The field trip starts at the car park at Fafleralp (1770 m), which is in the upper part of the valley. It follows the path to the south of the River Lonza, following it upvalley towards the Langgletscher (glacier). Before reaching the glacier, it crosses the river and climbs the northern slopes to around 2100 m, before heading downvalley again.

The imagery for this virtual field trip was acquired in June 2018. You can download location data for each of the stops (for viewing in Google Earth, ArcGIS, QGIS etc), although location information is also provided within the virtual field trip itself.

Start of Virtual Field Trip

Lötschental Valley Virtual Field Trip


Google Earth file (.kml)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within Google Earth. KML files can also be used in other applications and web services, including SwissTopo.

Spreadsheet (.csv)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within GIS software, such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGis etc. Can also be used in Google Earth.

SwissTopo website

Access to current and historic mapping, as well as other data, from the Swiss national mapping service. TIP: You can drag KML files onto the map

Swiss Glacier Monitoring website

Length variation measurements for Langgletscher.
Picture of Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

I'm a Physical Geographer at the University of Worcester (England, UK). Interests include mountain glaciers, mountain geomorphology and Quaternary environmental change. I'm also interested in the use of virtual reality in teaching.

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