We start the hike at the Stans railway station, 450m above sea-level, and finish at the top of the Stanserhorn, 1900m above sea-level. We don't do any "real" climbing – we just puff and sweat our way up using mainly our legs! Hiking time 4 hours. The rewards are splendid views, a rest & recuperation in a slightly spaced out state in the restaurant at the top, and a smooth panoramic ride down in the open double-decker cable car rounded off by a clattering ride in the 19th century-style funicular.
For those coming from the Zurich main station the timetable is as follows:
Meet at the start of platform 4 at the late-riser-friendly time of 8:45
Depart Zurich 9:04
Arrive Lucerne 9:49
Depart Lucerne 9:57
Arrive Stans 10:19
The train tickets should be valid as follows:
Outward journey: Zurich – Stans
Return journey: Stanserhorn – Zurich
Total price about CHF 47 with a half-tax card. (The journey down from the mountain is the expensive part!) The train stops at Thalwil, so you can save about CHF 5 by buying the tickets from/to Thalwil, if you already have a subscription covering the zones 110 and 150.
Important: The organiser is not responsible for any bodily injury or other accidents that might happen during the hike. By signing up on this activity, the participants agree that the organiser will not be held responsible in any way. It is each individual's responsibility to check out the trail and to ensure that he/she can do the hike.
Our route will be Stans – Chälti – Bluematt – Rinderalp – Stanserhorn. The transfer station between the funicular and the cable car is at Chälti, which is 710m above sea-level. It would be possible to join or leave the hike at this place.
This trail is designated by the Swiss Hiking Federation as a "mountain hiking trail" with white-red-white markings along the way. The advice given by the Swiss Hiking Federation for such a trail is as follows (quotation taken from the map):
"Users must be sure-footed, have a good head for heights, be in good physical condition and have mountain experience. Shoes must be solid and slip-resistant."
To this I would add my own advice (for what it's worth – I'm not an expert):
• Bring plenty of suitable liquid and some suitable food to be consumed along the way. Best to find advice on this, if you're unsure. I personally bring just water and bananas, but I think this time I'll bring some glucose (Traubenzucker) too!
• We'll be in the sun for maybe a total of five hours over midday. So cover up well with loose clothing with a high ultra-violet protection factor (UPF), which is said to be better than sun-protection cream.
• The ticks in this part of the world transmit nasty viruses. So apply a tick-repellent. I've heard that this does not give a high guarantee of protection, but it must surely be better than nothing.
Cancellation: Adverse weather conditions can make a mountain hike very dangerous. So a cancellation even at short notice is possible. I would buy the tickets and the food etc. no sooner than on the day before the hike.