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Take time out in the tranquil natural surroundings of Illgau

Winter Hiking · Switzerland
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  • Luftseilbahn Illgau-St.Karl
    / Luftseilbahn Illgau-St.Karl
    Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus
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  • / Rundweg Illgau - St. Karl
    Photo: Manuela Gilli, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus
  • / Rundweg Illgau - St. Karl
    Photo: Manuela Gilli, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus
  • / Rundweg Illgau - St. Karl
    Photo: Manuela Gilli, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus
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The two high plateaus of St. Karl and Oberberg offer peaceful and strength-giving tranquillity. The route leads through delightful little coniferous forests, past rugged rock formations and alpine refuges.
moderate
Distance 6.4 km
2:35 h
380 m
380 m
1,364 m
1,114 m
The round walk starts above the picturesque mountain village of Illgau at St. Karl, considered a "place of power". A small aerial cableway takes winter walkers into the secluded landscape, which fills one with energy. With views of the Schwyz and Muota valleys and the ski slopes of the Stoos resort on the opposite flank of the valley, the route leads via Eseltritt to Ibergeregg. Although we're making good progress, we're slowing down at the same time. The deep silence is followed by lively activity at the family-friendly ski resort of Ibergeregg. After the climb here, the views of the Central Swiss mountains and the panorama are wonderfully energising. On the way back we're immersed in a quieter world in Grossenboden and return peacefully to St. Karl.

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Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH 
Update: December 21, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,364 m
Lowest point
1,114 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Oberberg

Safety information

Bitte folgen Sie den pinkfarbenen Wegweisern auf der Route.

Tips and hints

Schweiz Mobil Route 561

Start

Illgau-St.Karl aerial cableway upper terminus (1,178 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'697'363E 1'206'376N
DD
47.001300, 8.718853
DMS
47°00'04.7"N 8°43'07.9"E
UTM
32T 478626 5205347
w3w 
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Destination

Illgau-St.Karl aerial cableway upper terminus

Turn-by-turn directions

St.Karl terminus - Oberberg - unteren Chaltenbrunnen - unter Altberg - Ibergeregg - Grossboden - car parks - unter Altberg - St.Karl terminus

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Ab Bahnhof Schwyz mit Bus Linie 1 bis zur Haltestelle Ried (Muotathal), Seilbahn Illgau.

Danach mit der Luftseilbahn Illgau–Ried bis ins Dorf Illgau. Nach ca. 5 Gehminuten geht es weiter mit der Luftseilbahn Illgau–Vorderoberberg zum Ausgangspunkt, Bergstation Luftseilbahn Illgau - St. Karl.

Getting there

Mit dem PW auf der A4 bis Ausfahrt Schwyz, dann Richtung Muotathal bis zur Talstation der Luftseilbahn Ried-Illgau oder mit dem PW Richtung Muotathal bis nach der Talstation der Standseilbahn der Beschilderung nach Illgau folgen.

Parking

Bei der Talstation der Luftseilbahn Ried-Illgau sind Parkmöglichkeiten vorhanden. Bei der Kirche in Illgau sind ebenfalls Parkplätze vorhanden.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'697'363E 1'206'376N
DD
47.001300, 8.718853
DMS
47°00'04.7"N 8°43'07.9"E
UTM
32T 478626 5205347
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Dem wetter entsprechende Kleidung, gute Winterschuhe, Verpflegung.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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
6.4 km
Duration
2:35 h
Ascent
380 m
Descent
380 m
Highest point
1,364 m
Lowest point
1,114 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent

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