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Pilatus - (Matthorn) - Fräkmünt - Ämsigen

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Impressive rocks, a breathtaking panorama and all kinds of wild streams are guaranteed on this hike.
moderate
Distance 9.8 km
3:23 h
361 m
1,064 m
The hike starts in Alpnachstad. The steepest cog railway in the world takes you up to Pilatus Kulm in just under 30 minutes. The trip in itself is an extraordinary experience. Those who prefer to ride cable cars have the option of traveling from Kriens via Fräkmüntegg to the summit.

 

From the "Dragon Mountain" Pilatus, the path leads in a steep zigzag down to Chilchsteine at the foot of the Matthorn. The short but worthwhile detour to the Matthorn is rewarded with wonderful views of the entire Sarneraa valley. From Chilchsteine, it finally goes under the imposing cliffs of Tomlishorn on to Fräkmünt. Now the path meanders along the mountain down to alt. 1300 m. Below the Hörnli mountain, the path climbs slowly via Unter Chretzen to Hinter Chretzen. From there it goes continuously down to Ämsigen. At the Ämsigen cog railway station, the train runs back to Alpnachstad at regular intervals.

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Obwalden Tourismus 
Update: January 12, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,062 m
Lowest point
1,304 m

Start

Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'662'070E 1'203'482N
DD
46.979502, 8.254438
DMS
46°58'46.2"N 8°15'16.0"E
UTM
32T 443296 5203156
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'662'070E 1'203'482N
DD
46.979502, 8.254438
DMS
46°58'46.2"N 8°15'16.0"E
UTM
32T 443296 5203156
w3w 
///rail.plankton.sprain
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.8 km
Duration
3:23 h
Ascent
361 m
Descent
1,064 m

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