I am delicate and fragile. It takes a long time for me to recover. Many generations of humans will come and go before I will adapt to new conditions. I do not forgive lightly. But I do my best. Just open your eyes, listen carefully, use your nose ears, feel me with your hands. May I introduce myself? I am Goms’ nature.
Obergoms measures around 200.000 hectares between Niederwald and Oberwald. 1200 hectares of plain, which is half a percent of the whole area, are used for farming. Only one thousandth of the whole area is used for buildings. Some areas are used as mountain pastures and “Maiensässe” (pasture cottages). Most of the area is made up of mountain forests, pristine nature with peaks, gorges, glaciers, chasms and virgin side valleys. By the way, the population density in Valais is only eight people per square kilometre. That is very few people on a lot of nature.
GET CLOSE TO MOUNTAIN NATURE
The virgin nature is Goms’ most valuable treasure. You can get really close to nature while hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, ski touring, biking, mountaineering or cycling on altitudes between 1200 and 4000 metres. Lie down under an ancient tree, feel the herbs below you, close your eyes and experience the reviving strength and calm of this impressive natural and cultural landscape under a mostly clear blue sky. Just so you know: Goms is one of the places with the most sun in the whole of the Alps.
BEST PRESERVED AREA OF THE ALPS
Over alpine glaciers and “four-thousanders” (mountains higher than 4000m), hilly pastures, ancient larch forests and lush valley meadows: Natural and cultural landscapes are at their most impressive here. Even rare mountain herbs can be found in many places. You can spot the proud eagle, the strong ibex, the slender chamois and the majestic stag. Goms is one of the most natural and best-preserved region in the Alps.
ALL EYES ON NATURE
The foreland of the Rhône glacier in Gletsch is a veritable jewel of nature as are the pristine young Rhône in central Goms and the alpine zones in the southern and northern parts of the valley. No wonder some of these area have been recognised as parks of national importance.