Via Alpina - the Start

Part I: Vaduz - Altdorf | 5 days (Hike)

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The Via Alpina is the most famous long-distance hiking trail in Switzerland. From east to west, the number 1 hiking route connects the most beautiful hiking highlights across the country. 400 km from the starting line in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to Lake Geneva in Montreux, 15 stages and 14 Alpine passes! The trail connects world-famous vacation resorts with remote, unspoilt mountain valleys, offers breathtaking views of the impressive and ever-changing mountain world, and day after day tells exciting stories about people and life, about the past and present of here and there, to the left and right of the wayside. The Via Alpina, that is experiencing Switzerland, up close!

You start on your e-bike in Vaduz and only tighten your hiking boots after Sargans. You hike through the long Weisstannental from the canton of St. Gallen into Glarnerland to Elm to the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona. With a view of the Martinsloch across to the lonely Durnachtal and up to the largest alp in Switzerland, the Urnerboden. Along the wonderfully panoramic Schächentaler high trail you hike to the cantonal capital of Uri, Altdorf, and the national hero Willhelm Tell.


Continuous trail, surefootedness and first experience of mountain hikes required, terrain: mostly moderately steep with short steeper passages (T2), alpine technique: no experience necessary.


Walking time from 5-7 hrs. up to approx. 1200 altitude meters, approx. 300 vertical meters/hour.


3-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

9.15 a.m. Buchs SG, train station (train arrival 9.15 a.m.)


approx. 15.30 p.m. Altdorf train station


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


The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH. If the offer cannot be carried out, the customer credits will be refunded.

The e-bike route on the first morning is easy to ride. However, there is the possibility to travel independently by bus to Sargans and rejoin the group there.

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Via Alpina - Der Start (Hike)

5 days
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from 1499.- CHF
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26.06. - 30.06.2022
5 days
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1499.- CHF

Day 1 At the starting line in the main town of Vaduz, below the prince's castle, you pedal gently and off you go. The e-bike whirs off and in the group you cycle out of the pretty town to the large wooden bridge over the Rhine. Roads, forest and field paths alternate. All paths are suitable for biking and with enough space for pedestrians and bikers. Past the tunnel entrance of the Gonten iron ore mine you reach Sargans, where a castle also awaits, and you park the bike here. (E-Bike time: 3 h, distance: 16 km, ascent/descent: 350/330 meters).

Then you take the bus up towards Weisstannental to Vermol. From there you hike in the shade of the Weisstannen firs and across meadows on the left side of the valley up the longest St. Gallen valley to the pretty hamlet of Weisstannen. (Walking time: 2.30 h, distance: 7.8 km, ascent/descent: 360/280 meters).

Day 2 Today you cross the first pass. But first you take a taxi up to the valley basin of the rear Weisstannental to the "Walabitz inn", where the view of the Isengrindfall, with 230 m the third highest waterfall in Switzerland, will amaze you. You set off through the Foowäldli and then uphill through a wild landslide area, first along the mountain stream Seez, then the Heidelbach, to the Foopass. Here you cross the cantonal border and change from St. Gallen to Glarus. On the crossing the view opens into the Glarnerland up to the Tödi. Past the Raminer Alp and the cheese dairy you hike down into the valley and out to Elm with the view of the Martinsloch. (Walking time: 6 h, distance: 15.3 km, ascent/descent: 950/1350 meters).

Day 3 The way to Linthal drags on, but the first are shortened a bit with the post bus to the Obererbs ski hut. From the ski hut you have a great view of the "magic geological line" of the Glarus main overlap and the UNESCO Tectonic Arena Sardona. Over meadows the path winds its way up to the Erbser Stock and gives a view of the mighty valley basin below the Chärpf and the silted up Wichelsee. Across the colorful high moorland, the trail leads to the slate of the Richtelipass. Across alpine pastures and a ridge with great views you hike down into the lonely Durnachtal and further into the deepest valley of Switzerland - the Zigerschlitz - to Linthal on the Linth. (Walking time: 6 h, distance: 14.8 km, ascent/descent: 750/1800 meters).

Day 4 A shady path leads past the Suwarow Museum and zigzags steeply up to the sun terrace Braunwald. Below the Brächerbach waterfall and the mightily deformed rock face, the trail leads leisurely to the Nussbühl restaurant. Under the mighty rock bands and the many spires of the Ortstock you hike on until the trees suddenly open up and the largest alp of Switzerland, the Urnerboden, lies in front of you. A legend explains the reason why the cantonal border between Glarus and Uri reaches so far into Glarus. You cool your feet in the Fätschbach and then hike relaxed to the Urnerboden. (Walking time: 6 h, distance: 16.8 km, ascent/descent: 1130/400 meters).

Day 5 The post bus will take you up to the Klausen Pass. The view sweeps back over the plain of the Urnerboden and the panorama of the Glarus and Uri mountain peaks. Clariden, Schärhorn and Gross Windgällen greet you high above the Schächen valley. You follow the Schächentaler high trail past several alps, enjoy a coffee in the mountain inn and the view over the wide, impressive valley. At the mountain station Biel you get into the small cabin and gondola down the 1000 meters of altitude to Bürglen, from where the post bus takes you to the last Via Alpina stamp and to the most famous inhabitant of Uri in Altdorf. No, not the Föhn, but Willhelm Tell. (Walking time: 5 h, distance: 17 km, ascent/descent: 600/860 meters).

  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 4x hotel (basis double room)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour (CHF 15.- per person, according to event calculator from myclimate)
  • Discount for Via Alpina rebookers (CHF 100.-)
  • 15% discount on a purchase at www.mammut.com
  • Via Alpina stamp pass
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (mountain railroads approx. CHF 75.-)
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 125.-
  • Daily luggage transport from hotel to hotel CHF 225.-
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
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
  • 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 cottage
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Protective mask
  • Disinfectant
  • Towel
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Thermos bottle made of unbreakable material
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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