The spectacular Churfirsten range


Chäserrugg: Unterwasser - Toggenburg

Chäserrugg: Unterwasser - Toggenburg

The Toggenburg valley is surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Churfirsten range and the Säntis. The precipitous rock formations contrast sharply with the gentle landscape on the valley floor. This valley with its many legends is one of the most beautiful walking areas in Switzerland. Countless lifts, mountain restaurants and well-marked footpaths ensure that your hikes, offering you such outstanding views, will be really enjoyable. The mountain route up to the Chäserrugg is no exception. This walk, which is difficult mainly where it goes downhill, passes through fantastic mountain scenery with breathtaking views all around.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: BUIC cable-car station, Iltios (near Unterwasser)
End of tour: BUIC cable-car station, Iltios (near Unterwasser)
Access starting point: Cableway from Unterwasser to the Toggenburg
Access point of arrival: Cableway to Unterwasser in the Toggenburg
Technical requirements: Medium difficulty
Physical fitness: Medium difficulty
Total altitude meters: 962 m
Hiking time: 4 hrs. 45 min.
Season: July to October
Gastronomy: Iltios, Stöfeli, Chäserrugg
Overnight: Wildhaus
Various: The descent from the Hinterrugg to Iltios is very difficult. An easier way down is via Chäserrugg - Stöfeli (the same way as you went up).


Iltios - Stöfeli - Chäserrugg - Hinterrugg - Iltios

The starting point for this mountain walk to the Chäserrugg is the Unterwasser cable-car station. A long climb, steep in places, then leads up from Iltios to the Stöfeli and on to the summit of the Chäserrugg. The views down on to the Walensee are vast. After the Chäserrugg, you cross over to the Hinterrugg. The descent which follows from the Hinterrugg to Iltios is far steeper and more difficult than that from the Chäserrugg. Finally, you take the cable-car from Iltios back down to Unterwasser.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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