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Descent to Flims

Descent to Flims

Tschingelen railway

Tschingelen railway





View from the Segnas pass

View from the Segnas pass

Tour description

The zigzag border wall between Glarus and Graubünden was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 6 of this year. High time to get to know this spectacular region around the Tschingelhörner, and the Segna pass provides the best route for this purpose. On this direct route between Elm and Flims, you can admire the Tschingelhörner close up and from three sides. Shortly before 7.00 a.m. we alight from the post bus at the Elm Station stop and take the trail to Geren. There is located the valley terminus of the Tschingelen railway, the start of a trip covering 440 meters difference in altitude. If you wish to travel on this railway you should consult the timetable in the Internet or arrange for a special trip (+41 79 714 13 81). The journey is an adventure in itself, for you ride in an airy box across a deep ravine.
During the first four kilometers of our hike we are in the shadow the World Heritage and can note how the spot of sun created by the Martinsloch – a round hole in the cliff - moves rapidly toward the northeast. We come into sunshine after a bit more than two hours of walking and find ourselves in the Segnas pass. We sit on the terrace of the Mountain Lodge and enjoy coffee and pastry while admiring a magnificent panorama. Our trip down to the stony Las Palas high plateau traverses two snowfields and cliffs and is made easier with steel ropes and rungs set into the stone. From here we can see the Tschingelhörner and the Martinsloch from the sunny side.
As we have arrived sooner than expected, we won’t go to the Cassonsgrat (Alternative A), where we would have caught the mountain railway to Flims, but rather hike along the «Camona da Segnas», as the path on the Romanic side of the pass is called. We picnic sitting on stones while viewing the Piz Bernina. Our goal of the post office in Flims (bus stop) takes more than two hours and traverses 1000 m difference in altitude.


Alternative A: At La Siala go toward Cassonsgrat and then take the mountain railway to Flims (additional difference in altitude: 226 m / going down there are 1371 m of altitude fewer).


You can stay at a couple of inns:
- The Segnespass Mountain Lodge, open every day from July 1 to August 10, on fair-weather weekends from mid-August to mid-October (www.segnespass.ch).
- The «Camona da Segnas», Flims

To arrive: Take the train to Schwanden and the post bus to Elm Station, Tschinglen railway (www.elm.ch, see «Bergbahnen»).
Return trip: post bus from Flims post office, train from Chur

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Places along the route: Nideren - Segnaspass - Las Palas - La Siala - Startgels - Spailgna - Flims


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Tour history (B01612)

First published: Dienstag, 28. Oktober 2008

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.zuerich.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 18 km | Time requirement: 6 h
Ascent: 1191 m | Descent: 1635 m
Highest point: 2102 m.a.s.l.

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Zürichsee Tourismus
CH-8640 Rapperswil
Tel: +41 (0)55 220 57 57
E-Mail: zuerichsee@zuerich.com
Internet: www.zuerich.com