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Gotthard Pass: From Wassen to Lake Maggiore

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Gotthard crossing from the myth to the real "being" of the 21st century.
The alternative route away from traffic.

moderate
Distance 127.2 km
64:00 h
9,716 m
10,431 m
2,799 m
196 m

The Gotthard massif with the pass of the same name is myth and reality at the same time. To this day, the massif stands like a bulwark and blocks the way from north to south. Already the Romans knew this transition, whereby only around 1230 with the building of the devil bridge over the Reuss the way over the Gotthard was used as Sämenweg. In addition to the worship of goods to use at this time annually 12,000 people the transition. Either as merchants, pilgrims or as Goethe to get to Italy or Rome. Since the old Sämerweg was sacrificed over long distances the traffic. We modern mountain goers can take advantage of the more extreme trails in the west of the Gotthard massif. Between Mittagstock and Salbit we enjoy the summit chain Sustenhorns. Passing Winterstock and Schafberg, we reach the Furka Pass Road near Realp. Passing through the Passo d'Orsirora / Gatscholalücke between the Winterhorn in the north and the Pizzo Lucendro in the south, we approach the Gotthard Pass 2,106 m (Passo del San Gottardo) from the west. The old pass road leads down to Airolo (Eriels) and then the valley of the Ticino will leave in a westerly direction. On the promising ridge between the upper Maggiatal, later the Vercasca valley in the west and the Ticinotal in the east far away from the hustle and bustle, we continued our way south to the Lago Maggiore (Langersee). The indescribable panorama of the Gotthard massif, the mountains of the Central Alps, the Monte Rosa, the Lepontine Alps and the Ortler will burn into our souls. The contrast between silence and seclusion of the mountains and the hectic bustle of the valleys can be particularly observed here. With a view over the Lago Maggiore down to the plains of the Po Valley to the Maritime Alps, this is an unforgettable mountain journey.
Stage 1: Wassen - Salbithütte
Stage 2: Salbihütte - Bergseehütte 
Stage 3: Bergseehütte - Albert-Heim-Hütte 
Stage 4:. Albert Heim Hut - Gotthard Hospice
Stage 5: Gotthard Hospiz - Capanna Garzonera
Stage 6: Capanna Garzonera - Capanna Sponda
Stage 7: Alpe Sponda - Capanna Cónora
Stage 8: Capanna Cógnora - Brione Val Verzasca
Stage 9: Brione - Lago di Vogorno 
Stage 10: Descent to Locano: Lago Vogorno - Locano

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Update: October 30, 2019

Start

Wassen, Schweiz, Kanton Uri (911 m)
Coordinates:
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2'688'730E 1'173'253N
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46.704591, 8.598919
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46°42'16.5"N 8°35'56.1"E
UTM
32T 469339 5172415
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Destination

Locano, Schweiz, Kanton Tessin

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Wildlife refuge Realp 2: December 01 - April 30
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2'688'730E 1'173'253N
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46.704591, 8.598919
DMS
46°42'16.5"N 8°35'56.1"E
UTM
32T 469339 5172415
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
127.2 km
Duration
64:00 h
Ascent
9,716 m
Descent
10,431 m
Highest point
2,799 m
Lowest point
196 m
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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 8.4 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 1,512 m
Descent 321 m

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Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,178 m
Descent 910 m

Durch das Göschenental und an der Göschener Alp und den Stausee hinauf zur Bergseehütte.

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Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,184 m
Descent 1,037 m

Schöner Überschreitung vom Göschental ins Ursnertal.

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Distance 18.5 km
Duration 8:15 h
Ascent 1,065 m
Descent 1,500 m

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Ascent 1,026 m
Descent 1,142 m

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Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 1,838 m
Descent 1,819 m

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Distance 11.3 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,404 m
Descent 1,454 m

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 8
Distance 15.4 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 13 m
Descent 1,214 m

Gotthardüberscheidung vom Mythos zum Realen sein des 21.Jahrhundert.  

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 9
Distance 11.6 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 266 m
Descent 497 m

Im Val Verzasca angekommen. 

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 10
Distance 13.4 km
Duration 5:15 h
Ascent 705 m
Descent 1,001 m

Gotthardüberscheidung vom Mythos zum Realen sein des 21.Jahrhundert. Die letzte Etappe heraus aus den Bergen und hinunter zum Lago Maggiore.  

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