From Sareis (Malbun) to Älplibahn (Normal route) Naafkopf 2570 m
- 3:30 h, 1200 m
- 5 h, 1400 m
On chamois trails to the border triangle
Naafkopf is close to the borders of Switzerland and Austria and offers a splendid view to Rätikon, Flumserberge and Churfirsten. This and the numerous ascents justify a two-day stay on this mountain. The ascent from Malbun via Pfälzerhütte (Fürstin-Gina-Weg) is an interesting approach, while the descent via Barthümeljoch, Alp Ljes and Jeninser Alp is a more romantic alternative. Now and then pathfinder skills are needed to interpret confusing markings, for example on the top: the gentle ridge from the summit down to Barthümeljoch seems to be chamois terrain, but in fact it is easy to hike down.
From Malbun-Sareis go southward to Sareiserjoch (P. 2000). Follow the Fürstin-Gina-Bergweg on the ridge past Spitz to reach Augstenberg (2359 m). Continue on the ridge southward down to Bettlerjoch and Pfälzerhütte (P. 2108). From Bettlerjoch follow the north ridge directly up to Naafkopf (there is a faint path in a steep scree slope).
From Naafkopf follow the ridge south-eastward (no markings). Now and then bypass some rocky outcrops by traversing on the north face to reach Barthümeljoch.
From Barthümeljoch a hiking trail (markings sometimes missing) winds its way down to the Ijes plain (P. 1933). From there follow the alp access road (short tunnel) south-westward to Fläscher Alp (the upper trail past Vorderst See is prettier than the lower one). Now continue southward via Vorderalp, and with a short re-ascent you reach the Älplibahn summit station.
The trail via Alp Sarina and Ober Tritt to Älplibahn is equally long.
- Departure point
Sareis (FL), Bergstation (1991 m)
Bus ab Vaduz, Au bis zur Haltestelle Malbun, SMS (Talstation)
Info und Fahrplan: www.bergbahnen.li
- End point
Älplibahn Malans, Bergstation (1786 m)
Informationen zum Seilbahnbetrieb: www.aelplibahn.ch
Malbun-Sareis - Pfälzerhütte - Naafkopf: 3½ h
Pfälzerhütte - Naafkopf – Älplibahn summit station: 5 h
Spending the night in Pfälzerhütte is recommended.
- Difficulty / Material
On the stretch from Naafkopf to Barthümeljoch the trail markings are not always obvious. However, it is not difficult to reach the summit by bypassing a few rocky outcrops.