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From Herigiswil to Pilatus

Route
Mountain Hike
Length
8.1 km
Travel time
4 h
From Herigiswil to Pilatus
Alpgschwänd Richtung Klimsenhorn und Hergiswil
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
From Herigiswil to Pilatus
Steinbock
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
From Herigiswil to Pilatus
Alpendohle
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Hergiswil – Alp Gschwänd (cable car) – Klimsensattel – Pilatus
From Hergiswil an ascent for the sporty. With the Alp Gschwänd cableway we save a good 400 metres in altitude; the cableway is included in the march time and altitude calculation.

Technical details

Tour type
Mountain Hike
Starting point
Hergiswil or Alp Gschwänd
Point of arrival
Pilatus Kulm
Difficulty
Difficult
Condition
5 / 6
Ascent
1220 m
Descent
50 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Directions
Behind the Restauant Alp Gschwänd the path climbs through the forest and then steadily uphill towards the chapel on the "Klimsensattel". The red large cabins float above us to the Pilatus Kulm. Next to the newly renovated chapel stood the elegantly furnished Hotel Klimsenhorn until the middle of the last century, built thirty years before the cogwheel railway to Pilatus. In many zigzags we reach the Pilatus Circular Path and through the "Chriesiloch" we head for the summit. The return trip with the cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad is a delight.
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