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Maighels Pass

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Distance 39.6 km
5:26 h
1,527 m
1,527 m
2,422 m
1,436 m

The setting off point for the MTB route over the Maighels Pass is Andermatt. From there, it follows the pass road to the Oberalp Pass. If you are following the standard route, you leave the road at the Oberalp Pass and head for the Tiarms Pass via Val Val back, then descend to Tschamut. You then take the pass road back up to Surpalits then Milez before following an unpaved road. This ascends gently into the Maighels valley, where the Maighelshütte refuge can be spotted up on the left-hand flank. Tip: the route to here can be shortened by bypassing Tiarms Pass and Tschamut and heading straight for Surpalits from the Oberalp Pass: this involves two kilometres of downhill on the pass road.
 
In the Maighels valley, the unpaved road gradually turns into a footpath (with possible expanses of snow in the spring). At the Maighels Pass you have views of mountains including the Gemsstock, Pizzo Centrale and Giübin. If drinking cold water fails to slake your thirst, why not try a dip in the little lake here?
 
After the Maighels Pass comes a steep, challenging descent to the Unteralp valley. During the descent, you can see the Vermigelhütte refuge, although reaching it involves another ascent. Otherwise take the unpaved road along the Unteralpreuss straight back to Andermatt.
 
All in all, this fabulous alpine MTB tour through an imposing mountainscape calls for a degree of riding prowess.

Author’s recommendation

Option A: shortcut along the pass road from the Oberalp Pass to Surpalits.

Option B: direct link via variant A on a challenging track (includes having to carry the bike for 5-10 min.) from the Oberalp Pass to Tgatlems. Please take care: numerous walkers!

Option C: take the train to the Oberalp Pass.

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Ferienregion Andermatt
Update: August 22, 2018
Difficulty
S3 difficult
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,422 m
Lowest point
1,436 m
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Track types

Asphalt 36.78%Dirt road 30.71%Forested/wild trail 9.31%Path 15.48%Road 7.56%Unknown 0.13%
Asphalt
14.6 km
Dirt road
12.2 km
Forested/wild trail
3.7 km
Path
6.1 km
Road
3 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Safety information

This tour includes sections where the bike will have to be pushed or carried, especially in the area around the Maighels Pass: between 10 and 45 minutes, depending on your level of expertise.

 

Due to its challenging sections, this route should be negotiated only when it is dry.

Start

Andermatt (1,435 m)
Coordinates:
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2'688'432E 1'165'703N
DD
46.636715, 8.593570
DMS
46°38'12.2"N 8°35'36.9"E
UTM
32T 468892 5164875
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Destination

Andermatt

Note

Wildlife refuge Andermatt 4: December 01 - April 30
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'688'432E 1'165'703N
DD
46.636715, 8.593570
DMS
46°38'12.2"N 8°35'36.9"E
UTM
32T 468892 5164875
w3w 
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Difficulty
S3 difficult
Distance
39.6 km
Duration
5:26 h
Ascent
1,527 m
Descent
1,527 m
Highest point
2,422 m
Lowest point
1,436 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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