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Let's go back to Central Switzerland and climb Niderbauen Chulm, a really nice viewpoint over the Vierwaldstättersee lake (hoping there will be no low fog to hide it). Once again I've chosen a nice route that's not the classic one but should please adventurous thrillseekers.
WARNING: this hike is only for experienced hikers who are sure-footed and not afraid of heights. If you have never hiked with me please send me a private message detailing what hiking experience you have (similar routes done in terms of difficulty, height difference etc.)
We start the hike in Rütli, on the shores of the lake, which we will reach by boat from Brunnen. "Rütli is synonymous, for all Swiss people, with the founding history of Switzerland [...] It is for many people the historic place where in 1291 the oath of the Swiss Confederation was sworn". Thanks Wikipedia for the little history.
From there we climb through steep terrain to Oberdorf. We'll then head for Weid, leave the trees and start the key passage of the tour through the weaker line of the Niderbauen Chulm cliffs.
That very steep passage has a few exposed segments but they are very well maintained and secured by ladders and chains. We'll also go through a short cave which we will exit through a succession of ladders (no special equipment needed). Once out of the cave there is still a very steep flank to ascend through a zigzagging path. At the summit we'll enjoy the views before heading for Niederbauen upper gondola station where we will finish the hike.
See here for a description of most of our hike (the guy does not start in Rütli but the whole alpine part and the key passage are covered, oh and ignore his remark about the hike potentially being a T5, it's wrong, it's T4 and a few people will even rate it T3! ) :
Also here a video of our exact hike (with some funny folkloric Swiss music):
Map with height profile :
Difficulty : lower T4 for Lauweli to Niderbauen Chulm summit. The rest does not exceed T2.
The whole final part of the ascent is marked blue/white (alpine path). The key passage is snow free and should be dry enough by Saturday. This hike can be a good introduction to T4 terrain for sure-footed hikers who are not too afraid of heights and who are already used to T3 stuff.
Walking time : approx. 5h20. Height difference : 1500m up, 400m down
As a reminder, here is the difficulty scale of hikes used by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) :
We meet in Bern on platform 7 under the sector B signs at 07:50 and take the 08:00 train to Luzern, then a train to to Brunnen, a bus to Brunnen, See/Schiffstation and finally a boat to Rütli where we will arrive at 10:21.
Please take a one-way ticket Bern - Rütli via Luzern and Brunnen (boat).
If you come from elsewhere than Bern please check your connexions so as to meet us in Luzern or Brunnen.
Return from Niederbauen upper gondola station 17:00 the latest, then bus from Emetten, Post to Stans, train from Stans to Luzern and train to Bern. Back in Bern 20:00.
The gondola Niderbauen - Emetten has a limited 8 person capacity so we may have to wait a bit and start queuing before 17:00.
Please bring good walking shoes, a picnic and a light jacket.
I am not an official or professional guide and you come under your own responsibility. I take the utmost care in planning and preparing my hikes, checking conditions and weather forecasts but I can't be held responsible for anything that happens during my hikes.