If you like wild and abrupt landscapes, you will enjoy this tour. If you know the Rocky Mountains, you'll feel at home here. And if you have experience with travel over rock and debris, and aren't afraid of walking along a cliff with great views of the Gotthardmassiv, this is for you. The likelihood of stumbling upon Gemsen and Quarz crystals are bonuses.
Over two days we will cover three passes and two ridges and enjoy some of Switzerland's most spectacular and isolated panoramas. We start in Realp, walk over the Rottälligrat and to Rotondohütte, which sits by a calm glacial lake. Day two will take us over the Ronggergrat - we walk here along one of the most remarkable paths in Switzerland, prepared with broad stone, along a cliff offering beautiful views. From here, one goes over the Passo di Cavanna (2613m) and then the Passo Lucendro (2532m). From there we have time to go either over Pizzo Lucendro (2963m) or via the Lago Lucendro to the Gotthard pass for a cool dip.
Weather looks promising for the weekend.
Difficulty and rating
Day 1: 5.5-6 hours; T3 - T4, 15km, 1190m up (shorter variant of 3.5 hours available for those going straight to hut)
Day 2: 6 hours, T3, 16.5km, 510m up, 920m down.
While much of the terrain is rocky, the hike itself is not extremely technical. A good level of fitness, openness to new experiences, and sturdy boots are, however, required.
Hike can also be done in reverse order.
Accomodation & costs
I have blocked 10 beds in the Rotondohütte, which costs CHF 78 (CHF 67 for SAC members), for stay and dinner. Drinks, breakfast and packed lunch for day 2 are extra.
To join, please transfer the relevant amount to my bank and send me a message to confirm payment. I will then confirm your RSVP.
My bank account is CH[masked] 1140 A (Dweep I. Chanana / UBS AG).
Travel logistics (to be updated)
We meet at Zurich HB at 7am. From there:
- Day 1: Train to Arth-Goldau - Andermatt - Realp.
- Day 2: Start hiking early and finish at the Gotthardpass.
- Bus to Airolo / Andermatt and train back to Zurich.
Weather looks to be clearing by the weekend, giving us sunny but cool days.
What to bring
- Plenty of water and a packed lunch
- Sunscreen and cap and/or rain protection (note - through most of this hike we are in exposed terrain with no shade/shelter)
- Sturdy and comfortable boots
- Warm clothing (it will get cold at night, at the hut)
- Innenschlafsack / sleeping bag liner
- Money & SAC card (if valid)
- Appetite for adventure
- Overnight stuff: toiletries, ear plugs, change of clothes, towel, etc.
- Walking poles (optional)
Travel light - leicht bringt weit!
Photos and description
* We are all adults, so you travel on your own risk.
* The organizer is facilitating the organization and payment of services rendered by others, but isn't charging for anything. He's not liable for anything, nor is there a refund once you've paid, unless the trip is cancelled. Someone can take your spot, of course.