From Klausenpass via the Chammlijoch (pass) Planurahütte SAC 2947 m
- PD, I
- 3:30–5 h, 1100 m
- 2:30–4 h
Easy glacier tour in impressive surroundings.
From Klausenpass (1948 m) follow tracks up towards Tierälpligrat, then climb over large steps onto the ridge and up to the "Iswändli" at the foot of the glacier.
Climb up the "Iswändli" onto the glacier and continue to the Chammlijoch. Descend onto to the Hüfifirn, bearing first left (east) towards the rocks of P. 3126 to avoid the largest crevasses. Contour round the glacier to the southern foot of the Claridenhorn. Then continue over the 'pass of two names' to the ice-encircled outcrop of the Planurahütte.
The marked trail to Obersand starts right outside the hut. Due to the retreat of the glacier, the trail now leads down through talus and rock steps to reach the screes and moraine at the foot of the Spitzalpelistock. Tracks lead across the moraines to Sandpassweidli, where the ground becomes slowly more vegetated, revealing unique alpine flora. Below the Rossmättli (1994m), two small bridges allow the easy crossing of two streams. Now continue along beside the Oberstafelbach (stream) and pass tot he right (south) of the water intake at P. 1927m. From here the trail leads steeply down to the road at Hintersand, which leads to Tierfed. From Hintersand the taxi company Zimmermann (Tel. +41 79 297 55 55) can come and get you!
- Departure and arrival point
Klausenpass, highest point (1948 m)
Bus service in the summer only
Approach time is strongly dependent on the condition of the glacier.
It is definitely worth spending a night at the Planurahütte - its a cool spot! It also means you can make good use of the better early morning conditions on the glacier for the return journey.
The difficulty increases during late summer as the glacier surface becomes barer.
The ascent from Klausenpass to the Chammlijoch wasn't done until 1901, ie relatively late. The reason for this was a steep ice wall, simply called "Eis-wändli". The first team to overcome this used ladders.