Nepali Highway Albert-Heim-Hütte SAC 2542 m
- 2 h, 170 m
- 330 m
Kurzweilig von Hütte zu Hütte
The 'Nepali Highway', linking the Sidelenhütte and Albert-Heim-Hütte SAC, is probably the most exotic (and beautiful) fast lane in Switzerland. It owes its name to the Nepalese employees who once worked at the huts. Over time, they crafted this fastest route between their places of work, in order to socialise from time to time.
Descend slightly from the Sidelenhütte (signpost) towards P. 2606. Fixed ropes help negotiate two, 2 metre high rock steps. Beneath the south walls of the Chli Bielenhorn contour roughly to the east, later bearing northwards past a small lake (2494 m) to the north eastern foot of the mountain ridge. Some sections lead over rough talus, where you have to balance from stone to stone (the blocks are very stable and hardly wobble). Reach the saddle at 2540 m, where a view of the Tiefengletscher and Galenstock opens up. The highway used to run a bit over the glacier here; but since the latter has strongly withdrawn, the route now sticks to terra firma. Curve around the north side of the Chräiennest (once ascending slightly again), then follow a sandy track – with and optional bit of scrambling – to the bridge over the Tiefenbach. From there its just a few minutes to the Albert-Heim-Hütte SAC.
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The path is unmistakeable, and the terrain is relatively gentle. In some sections the path leads over rough talus slopes. Two short, steeper sections are secured with fixed ropes. Be careful with old snow fields (usually until mid-summer), an ice axe may serve you well.