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    A Little on the Wild Side in the Gitschi Valley

    Brüsti - Chräienhöreli - Alp Grat - Gitschitaler Boden - Gitschenberg

    A Little on the Wild Side in the Gitschi Valley

    Brüsti - Chräienhöreli - Alp Grat - Gitschitaler Boden - Gitschenberg

    The Gitschi Valley is probably a lesser known side valley of the Reuss Valley, you can just see it on the right side of the valley as you head from Flüelen toward Altdorf. There is not much up there except a couple of mountain farmers and the stunning rock formations of the base of Mount Gitschen. The valley is a large bowl and the "wild" feeling combined with scattered grazing cows has an unusual but rather overwhelming effect. It is not the landscape you expect in central Switzerland.

    The first part of the tour, uphill from Brüsti and through the rocky Chräienhöreli cliffs (support cables) then to Alp Grat is the first part of the very popular trail over the Surenen Pass to Engelberg. After a pleasant lunch of cheese and sausage at the family farm, with fantastic views South along the Reuss Valley, you head up and over into the Gitschi Valley. The descent is steep and wet, as it is the shaded side and doesn't dry out much. So this is suitable only for those confident on steep descents.

    Along the descent to Gitschitaler Boden, the ring of steep and convoluted rock cliffs is exhilirating. There are lots of marmots all around as well. From the Gitschitaler Boden, the trail continues just slightly uphill through a wild forested mountainside and across a couple of tricky streams that might be hard to cross if the water is high.

    Shortly before the Gitschenberg cable car station for the descent to Seedorf, you pass another quaint family farm (Honegg) right along the trail, where they advertise some very delectable desserts. I recommend stopping here for refreshments rather than about 15 minutes later at the cable car station.

    Before descending back to Seedorf, you must take some time to admire the fantastic view North over Lake Uri. The cable car from Gitschenberg is a steep and magnificent descent, privately run, and relatively inexpensive as far as cable cars go. One must call the number in the station to request the operators to come to the station, which could take 10-15 minutes (the descent is about 7 minutes), so allow for enough time if you need to catch the bus below.


    Published on 15.09.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 31.08.2016
    Published on 15.09.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 31.08.2016

    Route Details

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    Central Switzerland
    Time Required
    3 hours 30 minutes
    8 km
    515 m
    680 m
    Season Start / Season End
    June - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Starting Point
    Summit Station Brüsti Cable Car
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Summit Station Gitschenberg Cable Car
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Alp Grat and Alp Honegg, but only till first week in September
    Seedorf UR, Altdorf
    Things to Note
    The Cable car from Gitschenberg to Seedorf is privately run and you have to phone down to the operator [(079)4260641, Fam. Arnold]. Allow enough time as they have to commute from home to operate the cable car.

    Route Description

    00:00 Depart from the Summit Station of the Brüsti Cable Car, go in direction of Surenenpass.

    00:20 Arrive at the cliffs called Chräienhöreli. Continue along the ridge trail straight ahead (don't take any side trails to the right).

    01:00 Reach the junction of the trail that leads to the Surenenpass. Keep on the lower trail toward Alp Grat. The farmstead is only a couple of minutes further on. A stop for refreshments is recommended and they sell a very nice home-made cheese. From here continue toward Gitschitaler Boden.

    01:45 Reach the next farmstead after a steep descent. After this, the descent to Gitschitaler Boden is not so steep.

    02:10 Reach Gitschitaler Boden. Continue in the direction of Gitschenberg.

    03:10 Reach the Honegg Farmstead.

    03:25 Reach the Gitschenberg Cable Car station. Phone down to the operator (phone numbers are in the station) to have the gondola sent up.

    Additional Notes: The descent from Alp Grat to the Gitschitaler Boden is very steep and can be quite wet and muddy because it is the shade side of the hill. Only for people confident on steep descents. There is also a large stream to be crossed after Gitschitaler Boden, and depending on water level, it might be a bit tricky.





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