49 Vier Quellen Weg ( Four Springs Trail )

Long Distance Hiking
80.0 km
Travel time
1.2 Days
Tour details
Tour details
49 Vier Quellen Weg ( Four Springs Trail )
The Vier-Quellen-Weg (Four Springs Trail) in the Gotthard Massif leads to the sources of four rivers: the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone. A tour through an exceptional Alpine landscape with a wide diversity of fauna, flora and witnesses to a historic past.
The Four Springs Trail leads through richly contrasting landscapes in the cantons of Uri, Graubunden, Tessin and the Valais, to the sources of four rivers: the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone. It crosses over six passes: the Maighels, Sella, Gotthard, Lucendro, Nufenen and Furka. The hike takes you through many wetlands with streams, pools, lakes and moors with typical vegetation. Longer sections lie above the tree line, where mainly dwarf shrubs are found.

An extremely scenic high-level hike leads along the north slope of the Bedrettotal valley. Following a climb to the Nufenenpass the route leads 1100 m down into Obergoms. Along the way you catch sight of the Griesgletscher (glacier), Europe’s highest-altitude wind turbine, a historic stone bridge dating from 1761 near Ladstafel, a gorge with hanging bridge and typical Walser houses.

On the last stage, the Rhone is your constant companion and the Rhonegletscher (glacier) an impressive experience. You will also see witnesses to a historic past such as the steam train on the Furka mountain section and a military fortification on Alp Galen.

Technical details

Tour type
Long Distance Hiking
Starting point
Point of arrival
Furklapass Belvédère
4 / 6
4157 m
3958 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September

49.1 Andermatt, Oberalppass–Vermigelhütte
49.2 Vermigelhütte–Gotthardpass
49.3 Gotthardpass–Capanna Piansecco CAS
49.4 Capanna Piansecco CAS–Obergesteln
49.5 Obergesteln–Furkapass, Belvédère

Safety information
Please note: Snow fields are possible on the upper sections right through to the summer months.
Author’s advice

Wandern Sie bequem von Unterkunft zu Unterkunft und profitieren Sie vom im Preis inbegriffenen Gepäcktransport.

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Good to know

Accessible by bus and train
Public transport

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Further information & links
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