Schächen valley high-level path - SwitzerlandMobility Route 595

Hiking Trail
21.8 km
Travel time
7 h
Schächentaler Höhenweg
Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
Schächentaler Höhenweg
Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
Schächentaler Höhenweg
Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
Schächentaler Höhenweg
Photo: A. Sanchez, Ferienregion Uri
The mountain pass area of the Klausen is without doubt one of the most scenic in Switzerland. The route follows the high-level Schächental path with its fantastic landscapes, majestic mountains and unique flora and fauna.
For centuries the most direct means of passage between cantons Uri and Glarus was through the wild and romantic Schächen valley. Nowadays the high-level path on the sunny side of the valley starts at the Klausen pass, gently rising and falling high above Bürglen and Altdorf all the way to Eggbergen, while offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The Schächen valley high-level path also offers much with regards to flora and fauna. High levels of precipitation and the impermeable terrain have given rise to numerous moors, which are home to many rare and protected plants and animals. If you look carefully you might spot the local wildlife, including chamoix, roe and red deer, ibex, marmots, hares, foxes and badgers. You may well also see golden eagles over-flying the valley.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Klausen pass
Point of arrival
0 / 6
483 m
981 m
From Klausen pass, the route takes you through delightful alpine pastures to Untere Balm. After a short section on the main pass road you follow an unmade road to the Heidmanegg alp. The route then follows narrow tracks through ever-changing, light forests at Äbnet and through flowering alp pastures. Above Ratzi you then follow a wider unmade road to Biel before crossing the Selez basin and reaching little Lake Flesch, a good picnic/barbecue spot. After the Grüner Boden and a light forest, you arrive at the Eggbergen aerial cableway terminus. The fantastic views from here of Lake Uri and of Canton Uri's largest steep-slope hay harvesting area beneath the Rophaien rounds off this grandiose walking experience.
Author’s advice
The Schächen valley high-level path can also be completed in two days with an overnight stop in Ratzi or Biel.
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Accessible by bus and train
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