To Limmern moated castle and Kistenpass

2-day hike at the back of Glarus to Brigels


To Limmern moated castle and Kistenpass

Tour description

The area around the historically insignificant Kistenpass at 2638 metres above sea level is now a control centre for electricity production. In the event of overproduction, cheap nuclear power is pumped up into the new Muttsee reservoir - and in the future, surplus solar power will probably also be pumped up. When there is a shortage of electricity, expensive hydroelectricity is then produced for the lowlands. This "money cow" grazes on remote alps and gorges in the wild Glarnerland.

Thanks to the cable car, which was built for the construction of the dam, the ascent is quick and easy. The hike soon follows the vegetation boundary between alpine farming and the scree slopes in the high mountains. The Muttsee lake lies in the middle of a mythical landscape that has gained in drama thanks to the artificial reservoirs. This year we spend the night in the very simple and exposed SAC hut in front of the Kistenpass.
This saves us time and allows us to make a detour to the marvellous Val Frisal on Sunday. The Kistenpass and this lonely high valley are pure nature.

An intensive, impressive hike about how we are reshaping - or preserving - the mountain world.

29.06.2024 – 30.06.2024

Length and duration
Day 1 ︎ 8 km | ↗︎ 1'110 Hm ↘︎ 230 Hm | 5h
Day 2  16 km | ↗︎ 440 Hm ↘︎ 1'870 Hm | 6h

Demanding mountain hiking, as some sections are exposed and require surefootedness.

The packing list will be sent after registration & payment

Guided hike with information on hydropower & alpine solar plants, incl. mountain taxi & cable car

Cost per person
CHF 330.00 incl. SAC-Hut, half board, taxi & cable car, Payment by QR-Code or TWINT within 10 days after registration

Not included
Meals from the backpack, Arrival and return journey

By public transport, as starting point in Linthal and return journey from Brigels

Meeting point
Departure S-25 from Zurich HB at 07:43, Linthal train station 09:20 at

Saturday 16:00 by public transport from Brigels, Arrival Zurich HB 19:22

Registration deadline
Sunday, 23 June 2024

Hiking guide

Markus Unterfinger
Phone: 076 419 21 10

Register online