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Trek the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps with a Cicerone Guidebook

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16 Apr 2014
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Trekking in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps

by Kev Reynolds
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guide describes three treks, between 5 and 8 days, in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps starting near Klosters, and 12 half-day hut-to-hut routes. These contrasting ranges form a line on the borders of Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. The Tour of the Silvretta, the Prättigauer Höhenweg and the Rätikon Höhenweg.

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Straddling the borders of Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the limestone Rätikon Alps reach into the snow-bound and glacier-hung Silvretta Alps to provide a richly diverse series of landscapes. The Tour of the Silvretta, the Prättigauer Höhenweg and the Rätikon Höhenweg, all within easy reach of Klosters, have been devised to help trekkers explore the best of the region. Given sifficient time they can also be combined to create a continuous 2-week tour.

The Silvretta and Rätikon may stand together, but their geology and landscapes are vastly different. Together, they feature picturesque alpine villages, a large selection of mountain huts and a range of walkers' passes to provide excellent trekking.

This guide describes all three treks, step by step, as well as 12 short routes linking some of the area’s most idyllically-located huts, for those who prefer to plan their own tours.

A Tour of the Silvretta Alps - this fairly strenuous hut-to-hut tour makes a counter-clockwise circuit of the Silvretta Alps over the course of about a week. With magnificent scenery throughout, there are several rugged passes to negotiate and a number of beautiful valleys to wander through.

The Prattigauer Hohenweg - a medium-grade multi-day route that works its way along the south flank of the Silvretta and Ratikon mountains between Klosters and Landquart. This very fine trek is demanding in places, but it rewards with numerous memorable views especially of the abrupt walls of the Ratikon mountains.

The Ratikon Hohenweg - the Ratikon Hohenweg Nord runs along the Austrian flank of the mountains, while a roughly parallel route known at the Ratikon Hohenweg Sud takes a similar course on the Swiss flank. By linking them at either end of the mountain range, a first class hut-to-hut circuit can be achieved.

Along with detailed route descriptions, maps, information on travel to and around the area, practical tips on equipment and trekking logistics, as well as details on climbable peaks and points of interest, are all included.

  • 3 treks between 5 and 8 days long, suitable for moderately experienced trekkers, with optional side excursions to climb nearby peaks
  • 12 full- or half-day hut-to-hut routes
  • includes a hut directory with full information about all the mountain huts in the region, as well as language notes and recommended pre-holiday reading
  • Activities
    Alpine trekking
  • Seasons
    When snow has melted from the high passes and all the huts are open, the treks are best tackled from late June until the end of September.
  • Centres
    Since these are multi-day routes there are no bases as such, but the treks either bein at, or pass through, Klosters, Lavin, St Antönien, Nenzinger Himmel and Brand.
  • Difficulty
    No technical difficulty or special equipment will be required to tackle these routes under normal summer conditions, but the 7-8 day Tour of the Silvretta has several challenging and remote passes to cross and is suitable for experienced trekkers. The 5-day Prättigauer Höhenweg and 7-8 day Rätikon Höhenweg are both moderate.
  • Must See
    Three great trekking routes among such peaks as Piz Buin, Piz Linard, Dreiländerspitz, Schesaplana, Sulzfluh and Drusenfluh, crossing the Vereina Pass, Furcletta, Pass Futschöl, Hochmaderer Joch, Gross Furgga, Verajöchl and Plasseggenpass, and visiting villages like Lavin, Guarda and St Antönien. The Silvretta has snowfields and glaciers, the Rätikon is limestone and almost dolomitic in grandeur.

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Trek outlines
Linking all three treks
Hut-to-hut routes
Wildlife and alpine flowers
When to go
Getting there
Notes for walkers
Clothing and equipment
Recommended maps
Safety in the mountains
Using this guide
Trek 1: A Tour of the Silvretta Alps
Prelude Klosters Platz to Berghaus Vereina
Stage 1 Berghaus Vereina to Lavin
Stage 2 Lavin to Chamanna Tuoi
Stage 3 Chamanna Tuoi to the Jamtal Hut
Stage 4 Jamtal Hut to the Wiesbadener Hut
Stage 4A Jamtal Hut to the Bielerhöhe
Stage 5 Wiesbadener Hut (or Bielerhöhe) to the Tübinger Hut
Stage 6 Tübinger Hut to Klosters Platz
Stage 6A Tübinger Hut to Schlappin
Stage 6B Schlappin to Klosters Dorf
Trek 2: The Prättigauer Höhenweg
Stage 1 Klosters Platz to Schlappin
Stage 2 Schlappin to St Antönien
Stage 3 St Antönien to the Carschina Hut
Stage 4 Carschina Hut to the Schesaplana Hut
Stage 5 Schesaplana Hut to Seewis
Trek 3: The Rätikon Höhenweg
Stage 1 St Antönien to the Carschina Hut
Stage 1a St Antönien to the Carschina Hut via Partnun
Stage 2 Carschina Hut to the Schesaplana Hut
Stage 3 Schesaplana Hut to Nenzinger Himmel
Stage 4 Nenzinger Himmel to the Douglass Hut (or Brand)
Side trip Ascent of the Schesaplana
Stage 5 Douglass Hut to the Lindauer Hut
Stage 6 Lindauer Hut to the Tilisuna Hut
Side trip Ascent of the Sulzfluh
Stage 7 Tilisuna Hut to St Antönien
Hut-to-Hut routes
Route 1 Wiesbadener Hut – Rote Furka – Silvretta Hut
Route 2 Wiesbadener Hut – Litzner Sattel – Saarbrücker Hut
Route 3 Saarbrücker Hut – Schweizerlücke – Plattenjoch – Seetal Hut
Route 4 Schlappin – Schlappiner Joch – Gargellen
Route 5 St Antönien – Tilisunafürggli – Tilisuna Hut
Route 6 Tilisuna Hut – Plasseggenpass – Sarotla Joch – Gargellen
Route 7 Tilisuna Hut – Tilisunafürggli – Carschina Hut
Route 8 Carschina Hut – Drusator – Lindauer Hut
Route 9 Douglass Hut – Lünerkrinne – Heinrich-Hueter Hut
Route 10 Douglass Hut – Cavelljoch – Schesaplana Hut
Route 11 Douglass Hut – Totalp Hut
Route 12 Totalp Hut – Gamsluggen – Schesaplana Hut
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B The huts
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Language notes and glossary
Appendix E Further reading
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