Over the Kistenpass into the lovely Val Frisal

Impressive hike in wild mountains and about the energy transition in natural idylls


Over the Kistenpass into the lovely Val Frisal

Tour description

Thanks to the cable car, which was built for the construction of the Limmernsee dam, the ascent is quick and easy. The hike soon follows the vegetation boundary between alpine farming and the scree slopes in the high mountains. The Muttsee lies in the middle of a mythical landscape, which has become even more dramatic thanks to the artificial reservoirs. We spend the night in the Muttseehütte, a spacious high plateau with a reservoir, alpine solar system and magnificent views of the wild Glarus mountains. On Sunday, we hike over the Kistenpass and make a detour to the marvellous Val Frisal. This secluded side valley on the Grisons side of the Kistenpass is pure nature.

An intensive, impressive hike about how we are reshaping - or preserving - the mountain world. The area around the historically insignificant Kistenpass at 2638 metres above sea level is now a centre for electricity production. In the event of overproduction, cheap nuclear power is pumped up into the new Muttsee reservoir - and in the future, surplus solar power will probably also be pumped up. When there is a shortage of electricity, expensive hydroelectricity is then produced for the lowlands. This ‘money cow’ grazes the remote Alps and scree slopes in the wild Glarnerland. A hike full of wild contrasts.

12.10.2024 – 13.10.2024

Length and duration
Day 1 ︎ 9 km | ↗︎ 920 ↘︎ 300 Hm | 4h
Day 2  18 km | ↗︎ 700 ↘︎ 1'900 Hm | 6h

Demanding mountain hiking, as some sections are exposed and require surefootedness.

The packing list will be sent after registration & payment

Guided hike with information on hydropower & alpine solar plants, incl. mountain taxi & cable car

Cost per person
CHF 330.00 incl. SAC-Hut, half board, taxi & cable car, Payment by QR-Code or TWINT within 10 days after registration

Not included
Meals from the backpack, Arrival and return journey

By public transport, as starting point in Linthal and return journey from Brigels

Meeting point
Departure S-25 from Zurich HB at 07:43, Linthal train station 09:20 at

Saturday 16:00 by public transport from Brigels, Arrival Zurich HB 19:22

Registration deadline
1st of october 2024

Hiking guide

Markus Unterfinger
Phone: 076 419 21 10

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