From Elm via the Walenboden | Mountain hiking | Panixerpasshütte | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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From Elm via the Walenboden (Normal route) Panixerpasshütte 2407 m

  • Difficulty
    T2
  • Ascent
    3–4 h, 1100 m
  • Descent
    3–4 h, 1100 m

Historic pass connecting Elm and Pigniu

In 1799, the Russian General Suworow suffered heavy losses to soldiers, horse and wagon, as he crossed the pass in late autumn in fresh snow pursued by the French. Later, the Glarner people herded their cattle from the Alps over the Panixerpass and the Lukamanier to Italy to market. They also brought flocks of sheep in the spring from Graubünden to the Glarus Alps over the pass.

Route description

Elm - Panixerpasshütte/Panixerpass

Walk from Elm Steinibach - or take the bus - to Walenbrugg. If hiking from Elm or Steinibach, use the footpath east of the Sernf (river). From here, head south into the narrow valley of the Jetzbach (stream). From the Jetzloch continue along the marked footpath up to Häxenseeli (the witch's lake), then, after a swim, on up to the pass.

Variant: from Pigniu

At the car park just after the village of Pigniu (Panix, 1298 m) turn off in the direction of Alp Ranasca. At P. 1924, take the left hand path over to Alp Mer, and on to the pass.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Wichlen, Walenbrugg (1291 m)

Von der Haltestelle Elm, Büelstafel in 800 m (10 Min.) zum Ausgangspunkt.

Busbetrieb nur im Sommerhalbjahr: www.sernftalbus.ch/obererbs/index.html

Waypoints

Panixerpass / Pass dil Veptga (2404 m)

Die Hütte liegt auf dem gleichnamigen Pass.

Author

Hansueli Rhyner

Hansueli Rhyner ist Bergführer und Skilehrer und seit 2011 SAC-Autor. Er arbeitet am WSL-Institut für Schnee und Lawinenforschung SLF als Leiter der Forschungsgruppe Industrieprojekte und Schneesport und ist zudem Gutachter bei Bergunfällen und Mitglied des Kern-Ausbildungsteams Lawinenprävention KAT.

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