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Mountain hike from Stans to the Stanserhorn

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.

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  • Tony

    Thanks to everyone who came along! I wasn't sure how many we were, since we met at different times and places. So I counted the number of maps I had left and I know now that we were 18! Hope to see you again on another hike or meet up ...

    2 · August 1, 2014

    • Krzysztof

      thanks Tony!

      August 1, 2014

    • Tereza

      Thanks for organizing this hike Tony! See you maybe some other time! :-)

      August 2, 2014

  • Zhuo

    Great hiking experience!

    August 1, 2014

  • Zhuo

    Great hiking experience!

    August 1, 2014

  • Lydia

    Hi guys, got very worried realizing that I might not be fit enough for such a difficult hike. Will join an easier track for a start later... Wish you all a great day!

    August 1, 2014

  • Hector

    10 minutes late but coming.

    August 1, 2014

  • Hector

    Hi guys,

    August 1, 2014

  • Suzanne

    Sorry - a bit under the weather today and won't be able to make it. Happily another time.

    August 1, 2014

  • Ingo

    Hi Tony, I will join you guys on the train in Zug. See you!

    August 1, 2014

  • Markus K.

    Hi all, what would be the rough ETA back in Zürich?

    July 31, 2014

    • Tony

      We should at the top by 14:30. So, looking at the timetable, if we take the cable car at say 16:15 we'd be back in ZH at 18:30.

      July 31, 2014

    • Markus K.

      Ok, it's a bit too late. Pity, I have to cancel my attendance. Next time!

      August 1, 2014

  • Tony

    According to the general forecasts the weather is looking a bit dodgy on the Stanserhorn on Friday, but according to this detailed forecast at the moment (Wednesday 21:15) it won't start raining there until after 18:00:

    www.yr.no/place/Switzerland/Nidwalden/Stanserhorn

    We should be well off the mountain by then. What does anyone else think? Worth going for it?

    July 30, 2014

    • Nina N.

      Let's go and just in case be prepared for a little shower.

      July 31, 2014

    • Tony

      Oho they're forecasting now rain between 6:00 and 12:00, but a sunnyish afternoon after that. Let's hope it will have stopped by our setting off time, 10:30. The ground will surely be more dangerous because of the moisture, so it's more important than ever to wear proper boots.

      July 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tony, I noticed the elevation gain is about 1500m. How would you rate the difficulty of this hike?

    July 31, 2014

    • Tony

      As far as assessment of one's ability is concerned, I can only refer to the general recommendation given by the Swiss Hiking Federation as quoted above, because I don't know how I can rate the difficulty. I'll just try here to give an idea of what it's like. The path mostly just goes up and up, sometimes like going up a gentle ramp, sometimes like going up a stairway, and it's narrow and zig-zags more often than not. The resting places that would be large enough for the whole group to easily gather together would be Chälti, 710m, Bluematt, 1215m, and Rinderalp, 1635m.

      July 31, 2014

  • Claudia

    Really sorry but have to drop. Enjoy the trip. And I hopefully meet you all soon

    July 31, 2014

  • Zhuo

    Hi Tony, I will take train from Zug so I will try to find you either in train to Luzern or at lucern station. Is there any number I can call in case cannot find the group? See you then

    July 28, 2014

    • Denis

      Hello, I will be coming from Zug as well, by car. See you at the Stans station! Zhuo, would you like me to pick you up, so we can go to Stans together?

      July 30, 2014

    • Zhuo

      Hi Denis, I am happy to join you from Zug then, thanks for offering! What time and where we should meet?

      July 31, 2014

  • Tony

    Does anybody have any ideas about how we should proceed if the group grows to the maximum size of 30? Start off in three groups of 10 with a few minutes between each group? The route is easy to follow, and I'll be giving everyone a little map!

    July 28, 2014

    • Tereza

      Hey Tony, from my experience it will sort out itself somehow automatically. It is good when there is a person responsible for the front and for the back and they have each others mobile numbers. Just in case :-)

      July 28, 2014

  • Dang

    Hi Tony, since I depart from Winterthur, I will join you in the train to Lucerne or at the main station in Lucerne. cya

    July 27, 2014

    • Tony

      I think you'll find us easily enough in Lucerne at the latest. There we'll be going from platform 6 to platform 14.

      July 28, 2014

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