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Schächen valley high-level path - SwitzerlandMobility Route 595

Hiking Trail · Altdorf (UR)
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Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Schächentaler Höhenweg
    / Schächentaler Höhenweg
    Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
  • / Schächentaler Höhenweg
    Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
  • / Schächentaler Höhenweg
    Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
  • / Schächentaler Höhenweg
    Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
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The mountain pass area of the Klausen is without doubt one of the most scenic in Switzerland. The route follows the high-level Schächental path with its fantastic landscapes, majestic mountains and unique flora and fauna.
21.8 km
6:39 h
483 m
981 m
For centuries the most direct means of passage between cantons Uri and Glarus was through the wild and romantic Schächen valley. Nowadays the high-level path on the sunny side of the valley starts at the Klausen pass, gently rising and falling high above Bürglen and Altdorf all the way to Eggbergen, while offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The Schächen valley high-level path also offers much with regards to flora and fauna. High levels of precipitation and the impermeable terrain have given rise to numerous moors, which are home to many rare and protected plants and animals. If you look carefully you might spot the local wildlife, including chamoix, roe and red deer, ibex, marmots, hares, foxes and badgers. You may well also see golden eagles over-flying the valley.

Author’s recommendation

The Schächen valley high-level path can also be completed in two days with an overnight stop in Ratzi or Biel.
outdooractive.com User
Author
Luzern Tourismus AG
Updated: March 19, 2020

Highest point
1947 m
Lowest point
1448 m

Tips, hints and links

Further information:

https://www.schweizmobil.ch/de/wanderland/routen/route-0595.html

Start

Klausen pass (1946 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.868001, 8.854563
DMS
46°52'04.8"N 8°51'16.4"E
UTM
32T 488915 5190506
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Destination

Eggbergen

Turn-by-turn directions

From Klausen pass, the route takes you through delightful alpine pastures to Untere Balm. After a short section on the main pass road you follow an unmade road to the Heidmanegg alp. The route then follows narrow tracks through ever-changing, light forests at Äbnet and through flowering alp pastures. Above Ratzi you then follow a wider unmade road to Biel before crossing the Selez basin and reaching little Lake Flesch, a good picnic/barbecue spot. After the Grüner Boden and a light forest, you arrive at the Eggbergen aerial cableway terminus. The fantastic views from here of Lake Uri and of Canton Uri's largest steep-slope hay harvesting area beneath the Rophaien rounds off this grandiose walking experience.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
46.868001, 8.854563
DMS
46°52'04.8"N 8°51'16.4"E
UTM
32T 488915 5190506
w3w 
///sober.tramps.strikers
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Distance
21.8 km
Duration
6:39h
Ascent
483 m
Descent
981 m
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