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From Herigiswil to Pilatus

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  • Alpgschwänd towards Klimsenhorn and Hergiswil
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Hergiswil – Alpgschwänd (cable car) – Klimsensattel – Pilatus
difficult
7.8 km
4:15 h
1,220 m
50 m
From Hergiswil an ascent for the sporty. With the Alpgschwänd cableway we save a good 400 metres in altitude; the cableway is included in the march time and altitude calculation.
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Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: May 06, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,099 m
Lowest point
444 m
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More information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 (0)41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
nidwalden.com

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Start

Hergiswil or Alpgschwänd (448 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'666'314E 1'203'836N
DD
46.982279, 8.310263
DMS
46°58'56.2"N 8°18'36.9"E
UTM
32T 447545 5203425
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Destination

Pilatus Kulm

Turn-by-turn directions

Behind the Restauant Alpgschwänd the path climbs through the forest and then steadily uphill towards the chapel on the "Klimsensattel". The red large cabins float above us to the Pilatus Kulm. Next to the newly renovated chapel stood the elegantly furnished Hotel Klimsenhorn until the middle of the last century, built thirty years before the cogwheel railway to Pilatus. In many zigzags we reach the Pilatus Circular Path and through the "Chriesiloch" we head for the summit. The return trip with the cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad is a delight.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'666'314E 1'203'836N
DD
46.982279, 8.310263
DMS
46°58'56.2"N 8°18'36.9"E
UTM
32T 447545 5203425
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
7.8 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
1,220 m
Descent
50 m
Public-transport-friendly Point to Point Scenic

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