Schweizer Passwanderung - Alperschaelliluecke

Trying to resurrect the hike...

This hike takes us through one of the most isolated and surprising parts of Graubuenden. It starts with a (very) winding bus ride to Turrahus, followed by a modest climb to 2614m, a rather long descent through a scraggy land, ending in the waters of the Sufnersee. On the way up we'll be able to stop along the Surettasee, but there are no huts along the way.

The hike takes about 6-6.5 hours, with 920m up and 1200m of descent through rocky terrain. We will stop for a snack every 1.5 hours. Solid hiking boots are recommended, as are poles for the long descent.

The plan would be to:

- Take the 6.37am train from Zurich to Chur. We arrive at Turahus after two changes, including a winding bus ride.

- We arrive at 9.18, and work our way up at a leisurely pace, taking short breaks every 1-1.5 hours.

- At the top of the pass, we will have the option of climbing Alperschaellihorn (3039m), at the cost of 1.5 hours (you need hard climbing boots for that climb).

- Walk down to the Sufernsee, with time to cool down and enjoy the views (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/14166492).


Please bring with you:

- A one way ticket to Thalkirch, Turahus; Return from Sufers
- Plenty of water, snacks, and a packed lunch.
- Sun, wind, and/or rain protection depending on the weather.

- Good hiking / climbing boots. Hiking poles would be useful for the long descent.

- Swimming gear, if you wish to dip in the Sufnersee.

- An understanding of hiking etiquette (http://hiking.meetup.com/161/pages/Etiquette_on_the_Trail/)
- The ability to stay in a group and the desire to celebrate together at the end.


Note: For some pictures of the region, look here: http://www.hikr.org/gallery/photo1176844.html?post_id=68216#1. As always, use common sense in estimating if you can do this hike, before signing up.

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  • Francesco

    Loved it! Enjoyed every bit, including a few twists :)

    September 1, 2013

  • Agne

    Superb hike, great people! thanks a lot Dweep for organizing!

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Anders

    Excited to be on the hike. I live in Ostschweiz and will therefore come by a different train connection. I'll catch up with you in Chur!

    August 30, 2013

  • Dweep

    Final weather update folks - weather looks great. Sunny, with not a cloud in sight. So please bring plenty of water - at least 2L!

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello, i can
    only join if someone goes by car. i have no half trian reduction, sorry

    August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks it is just my last weekend in Zurich, was for summer job here

      August 30, 2013

    • Dweep

      Karin - if you are not joining and were unable to arrange transport, could you please have decided earlier and opened the spot up for others? In future, please RSVP accordingly.

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 spot opened up!

    August 30, 2013

  • Lorena

    happy to be able to join ! I came from Basel, so see you directly on the train. My understanding is that we will arrive at 9:38, not 9:18.

    August 30, 2013

  • Dweep

    Hi Francesco - yes, you will get a message as soon as a spot opens up. Given the weather looks good and the long list, I'll ask everyone to reconfirm their attendance and possibly expand the group a bit.

    August 29, 2013

    • Irina L.

      Hello, I am sorry, now I cannot join Sat. hike... someone can have my place... hope to next time...
      Have fun!

      August 29, 2013

    • Dweep

      Irina - please change your RSVP to no, so that the spot opens up to those on the waitlist.

      August 29, 2013

  • Irina L.

    Hello, I am sorry, now I cannot join Sat. hike... someone can have my place... hope to next time...
    Have fun!

    August 29, 2013

  • Francesco

    How do we on the waiting list know if/when we are in? Do we get an automated message ? Thanks.

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Room for one more... I work on Saturdays :(

    August 27, 2013

  • Eduardo

    With the change of date, impossible to finally atend :(

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey, i wish to ask if sanyone drives ther eby car - and has 1 place left ?

    August 25, 2013

  • Dweep

    Folks,
    The ground today is very wet. In addition, there is high chance of rain and thundershowers throughout the day tomorrow, with snow in the upper reaches. Therefore, I am canceling / postponing this hike to next weekend. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    August 24, 2013

  • Dweep

    Folks. Just fyi, the weather for Sunday is currently tricky to predict but there is chance of rain.

    Generally, the hike will go ahead as planned if the weather is mixed. In case of heavy showers, I will change the route to something less isolated, or cancel entirely.

    Please update your RSVPs to NO if you are uncomfortable walking in cloudy weather.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi, is anyone driving there or any other hikign trip by car ? as i have no train reduction pass.
    Thanks, Karin

    August 19, 2013

  • Linda M.

    Hi folks.....again, the email I received for this hike states 14 places open. Now on this site-page, I appear to be on the waiting list. How will I know for sure if I can join. Thanks, Linda

    August 15, 2013

    • Hubert

      Sorry Linda, it fills up fast :) Those open places were there when the email went out, but they were all gone by the time you actually read the email and came onto the site.

      August 15, 2013

    • Dweep

      Linda - I see people canceling closer to the date so wait till Wednesday and space might open up. I'm sorry to restrict the group size, but best to keep it manageable and enjoyable for everyone.

      August 18, 2013

  • Rahul M.

    have a cricket match that day.

    August 16, 2013

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