From Herigiswil to Pilatus

Mountain Hike · Hergiswil (NW)
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
3:45h
Ascent
1220 m
Descent
50 m
Point-to-point Scenic
Hergiswil – Alp Gschwänd (cable car) – Klimsensattel – Pilatus
From Hergiswil an ascent for the sporty. With the Alp Gschwänd cableway we save a good 400 metres in altitude; the cableway is included in the march time and altitude calculation.
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Highest point
2104 m
Lowest point
444 m
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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Start

Hergiswil or Alp Gschwänd (448 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.982280, 8.310254
DMS
46°58'56.2"N 8°18'36.9"E
UTM
32T 447544 5203425
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Destination

Pilatus Kulm

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Behind the Restauant Alp Gschwänd the path climbs through the forest and then steadily uphill towards the chapel on the "Klimsensattel". The red large cabins float above us to the Pilatus Kulm. Next to the newly renovated chapel stood the elegantly furnished Hotel Klimsenhorn until the middle of the last century, built thirty years before the cogwheel railway to Pilatus. In many zigzags we reach the Pilatus Circular Path and through the "Chriesiloch" we head for the summit. The return trip with the cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad is a delight.

Coordinates

DD
46.982280, 8.310254
DMS
46°58'56.2"N 8°18'36.9"E
UTM
32T 447544 5203425
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Updated: October 11, 2019

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