From Sufers via the North East flank | Mountain hiking | Teurihorn | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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From Sufers via the North East flank (Normal route) Teurihorn 2973 m

  • Difficulty
    T5
  • Ascent
    4–5 h, 1580 m
  • Descent
    2–3 h, 1580 m

What a beautiful pile of rubble!

If you only ever climb one of the"Sufner Kalkberge", then let it be the Teurihorn. It's true that certain people may be overheard whinging about the loose nature of these lonely peaks between the Rheinwald and Safien, but in return for your efforts, the Teurihorn (compared to its neighbors!) rewards with a varied climb and an impressive 1,500 m view down onto the Rhine Forest. If you have already gone all that way, you should not miss out on an overnight stay in the Cufercalhütte. For a two-day tour, other, guaranteed lonely summit destinations such as Alperschällihorn, Gelbhorn or Schwarzhorn are on offer. The crossing into the Safiental is also extremely worthwhile, for which another three hundred meters in altitude are needed to bring you over the Alperschällilücke. As a day tour, this variant is only recommended for mountain hikers with good physical condition. Descent to Safien Thalkirch (Turahus) is around an hour and a half longer than the descent back to Sufers.

Route description

Sufers - Böda P. 2321

From Sufers, take the varied alpine hiking path towards Alperschälilückä (pass) via Under Steila and Steileralp to the "Bödä" just before P. 2321.

Bödä P. 2321 - Teurihorn

Before crossing the stream at P. 2321, leave the hiking trail bearing west (left) and then south before climbing up over talus and scree into a hollow west of the Rotä Grind (you can also get here by climbing a steep gully from the Steileralp directly). Now swing towards the Rotä Grind and join a rib that leads southwest up to P. 2697. (Again it is possible to climb ore directly up to a large cairn on the rib). From P. 2697, track westward over scree. Your goal is the lower right-hand (northern) edge of a scree ramp which leads diagonally down from the summit. Follow this steeply to the summit. The exposed summit ridge is climbed either from the left (south) via some rocky steps (II) or from the right (north), also with a few steps (II) on the uppermost northeast ridge (crux).

Descent

Down the route of ascent.

Variant 1: from the Cufercalhütte

The approach from the Cufercalhütte SAC is a little shorter than from Sufers (...is it really?). Follow the alpine hiking path down to Glattabärg, turning right (northwest) at P. 2001 into the long, horizontal crossing to Steileralp. From P. 2013 follow the normal route.

Variant 2: Descent to Safiental

From P. 2321, ascend up the alpine hiking path to Alperschällilücka (pass), then descend (sometimes steep terrain) down into the Safiental. Reach the reservoir and continue on to the bus stop at Turahus P. 1694.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Sufers (1410 m)

Time

Descent to Safien Thalkirch (Turahus) is around an hour and a half longer than the descent back to Sufers.

Circa one hour shorter if you start the tour in the Cufercalhütte.

Difficulty / Material

Except for some short climbing sections on the summit headwall (T5, short scrambling; max grade II) the tour is not technically difficult.

However, the orientation from P. 2321 to the summit is particularly demanding in sub-optimal conditions; the best feasible line is not always obvious.

Walking on the scree can be exhausting; it is advantageous to make the tour in early summer or autumn, when the route has some snow (alpine character, ice axe and crampons!).

Waypoints

Cufercalhütte SAC (2385 m)

Alternative start or end point.

Alperschällilücka (2614 m)

Pass. Alternative descent.

Thalkirch, Turrahus (1694 m)

End for Variant 2.

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