The Grimsel Pass links the Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland with Goms in Valais. The pass road runs through a wild, sparsely grown mountainous region marked by granite rocks, reservoir lakes, and power plants.
On the ridge of the pass (at 2165 meters) is the Totensee, or Lake of the Dead, which got it’s name during the Napoleonic wars. On the Valaisian side you drive on a well-constructed road with many long bends down to Gletsch in Obergoms (1759m). From here there are fine panoramic views of the Rhone Glacier and the Furka Pass road. In the huge Grand Hotel Glacier du Rhône in Gletsch you can still enjoy the early 19th century atmosphere of the Alpine Passes’ heyday. Gletsch is also the starting point of the Furka Steam Railway.