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The Four Headwaters Trail

Discover Europe's water tower | 4 days

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Europe's most important rivers have their source in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Gotthard massif, which divides Switzerland and Europe into its northern and southern parts. Discover the wild and contrasting water castle of Europe on this multi-day trekking tour. The landscape is so varied, the history of the rivers on their way so different and their importance as a lifeline for people, animals and plants so central.

  • The Four Head Water Trail connects the source of the Rhine, the Reuss, the Ticino and the Rhone through the four cantons of Graubünden, Uri, Ticino and Valais
  • The Gotthard massif forms the highest triple continental divide in Europe
  • Discover the culture, tradition and history that have settled along the streams ever since
  • Enjoy a thrilling e-bike ride from the Furka Pass to Andermatt at the end of the tour
Technique
moderate

Hiking and mountain trails, continuous trail, moderately steep to steep, short sections with more exposure are possible (T1-T3). Surefootedness required.

Condition
moderate

For outdoor enthusiasts who like to be on the go all day! Bring experience from day trips and prepare well with regular fitness training. Hiking times up to 6 hrs, up to approx. 1000 m altitude difference.

Group

6-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

9.20 AM Andermatt Hotel Sonne (train arrival 9.06 am Andermatt train station)

Departure

approx. 15.30 PM Andermatt train station

Accommodation

(depending on the date, an alternative choice of hotel with comparable services may occur).

Note

The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH. Please note the protection concept.

The e-bike route on the last day is easy to ride. The ride takes about 1 h and leads over low-traffic paved as well as gravel roads. Alternatively, the ride can be done by post bus or bike shuttle bus.

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4 days
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10.08. - 13.08.2023
4 days
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Tag 1 After a short transfer, the tour starts from Vermigelboden and leads up to the Maighels pass. The imposing, glaciated 3000-metre Piz Ravetsch rises at your back while you look out through the wide Val Maighels towards the Surselva. Then the path climbs gently and, hidden behind rocks, you suddenly discover the crystal-clear Lai da Tuma, the source of the River Rhine. Enjoy this quiet, special place before the last part of today's stage leads you to the Oberalp Pass, from where the Furka-Oberalp railway takes you back to Andermatt. (Walking time: 4.5 h, distance: 13 km, ascent/descent: 800/750 altitude meters).

Day 2 A bit more comfortable than travelers 200 years ago in the stagecoach, the post bus chauffeurs you up to the Gotthard Pass. Along Lake Lucendro, the path leads to the alp of the same name and a short time later to a small, glassy mountain lake, the source of the Reuss. Over the Lucendropass the Leventina with its southern charm greets you. Now follows the way down with an impressive view of the wide firn surface of the Basodino and the Ticino mountains into the idyllic Val Bedretto. (Walking time: 6 h, distance: 20 km, ascent/descent: 840/955 meters).

Day 3 Gently leads the trail towards the Alpe die Cruina to the headwaters of the Ticino. Through the wide, alpine mountain landscape you hike to the Nufenen Pass, which offers a breathtaking view of the imposing Gries glacier and the Blinnenhorn. In the background you can see the mighty peaks of the Bernese Alps. Then you descent along the Äegne stream into the direction of the Goms valley. (Walking time: 4.5h, distance: 12 km, ascent/descent: 765/825 meters).

Day 4 On foot or by post bus the way leads up to Gletsch. Here, where the glacier tongue of the Rhone glacier was located about 150 years ago, tourism flourished at that time. And there is still a hint of the Belle Epoque. It is only a few more turns in the post bus to the venerable Hotel Belvédère and the Rhone Glacier. From a vantage point just above the glacier, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the source of the Rhone and the surrounding mountains. Then the trail climbs slightly to the Furka Pass, where the e-bike is already waiting for you and invites you to a thrilling ride to Realp and through the Urseren Valley out to Andermatt. (Walking time: 3.5 h, distance 8 km, ascent/descent: 720/200 meters | e-bike time: 1 h, distance: 21 km, ascent/descent: 90/1080 meters).

Included
  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 2x hotel (basis double room), 1x hut (multibed room)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • E-Bike and helmet
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour CHF 10.- (according to myclimate CO2 calculator)
  • Service fee legal travel guarantee (0.25% on offer price)
Exclusive
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (taxi/bus) approx. CHF 65.-
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 80.- (2x, night 1 and 3)
Rental equipment

The rental equipment will be handed over at the meeting point:

  • E-Bike
  • Bike helmet

Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l possibly with rain cover (the backpack should not weigh more than 7-9 kg with the equipment)
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
Clothing
  • 1x hardshell jacket (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x hiking pants
  • Light waterproof rain pants (e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • T-shirt or shirt
  • Underwear
  • Cap/headband and hat
  • Gloves (wind and water resistant)
  • Functional socks and spare socks
  • Hiking/mountain boots (at least ankle-high, sturdy sole)
Overnight
  • Clothing and house shoes for the evening (accommodation)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Towel

Food
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/hut/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
Various
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Water bottle
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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