From Fisetengrat via Gemsfairenstock | Ski tour | Planurahütte SAC | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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From Fisetengrat via Gemsfairenstock Planurahütte SAC 2947 m

  • Difficulty
    PD
  • Ascent
    5 h, 1350 m
  • Descent
    350 m
  • Exposure
    NE, E

With the Klausenpassstrasse closed, the most popular, least difficult approach. Difficult orientation on the Claridenfirn (glacier) in fog.

Route description

Fisetengrat cable car station – Gemsfairenstock

From the top station on the Fisetengrat (approx. 2000 m) head southwest along the ridge past Rundloch (2287 m) and into the hollow of Ober Sulzbalm. Roughly follow the line of the summer path over a short steep step, then leave it and head more directly up to the Lang Firn (glacier). Once on the glacier, traverse southwest to the Gemsfairenjoch (2846 m) or "take in" the Gemsfairengipfel (2971 m) on your way.

Gemsfairenstock – Claridenfirn

From the Gemsfairenstock to the Gemsfairenjoch, then descend the short steep (35 °) south slope down to the Claridenfirn (approx. 2670 m).

Variante: Claridenhütte SAC – Claridenfirn

If starting at the Claridenhütte: drop down SW to P. 2452, then climb gradually west to join the glacier below the Gemsfairenjoch.

Claridenfirn – Planurahütte SAC

Head southwest over the flat glacier towards the Claridenhorn and climb it (+1.5 hrs) or otherwise gradually bear south towards to the Clariden- / Hüfipass (2942 m). Follow the watershed ridge from the pass to the impressive wind scoop which surrounds the hut rocks like a moat. Find the easiest way past, usually left (E), and gain your reward: tea and cake? or a cold beer – at the hut.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Fisetengrat, summit station (2033 m)

Information about the cable car Urnerboden–Fisetengrat: urnerboden.ch/tarife/

Waypoints

Claridenhütte SAC (2453 m)

Departure point of the variant. Claridenhütte - Planurahütte ca. 2 hours, 500 m ascent.

Route number

62a

Author

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Samuel Leuzinger

The Niederurner Sämi Leuzinger is an all-round talent: mountain guide, climbing instructor and head of heli-rescue at the Swiss Alpine Rescue Service. The full-time sports instructor has been working as an author of ski tour, mountaineering and rock climbing guides since 2012.

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