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Via GeoAlpina Tectonikarena Sardona (Stage 1: Weisstannen - Elm)

Long Distance Hiking · UNESCO-Welterbe Tektonikarena Sardona
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  • Auf der ViaGeoalpina von Weisstannen nach Elm
    / Auf der ViaGeoalpina von Weisstannen nach Elm
    Photo: Erlebnis Geologie
  • / Blick auf den Foostock
    Photo: Ruedi Homberger
  • / Flysch bei Weisstannen
    Photo: IG UNESCO Welterbe Tektonikarena Sardona
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View of the world famous Glarner Hauptüberschiebung!
moderate
Distance 22.3 km
7:49 h
1,262 m
1,288 m
2,223 m
974 m
The Via GeoAlpina is a joint project of the Alpine countries launched in the framework of the International Year of Planet Earth 2007. The aim of the project is to make the public aware of the geological, geomorphological or hydrological highlights along the various routes of the ViaAlpina from Trieste to Monaco.

Two stages of the Via GeoAlpina lead right through the Sardona World Heritage Site

.The first one leads from Weisstannen to Elm. On this stage, one can observe a geological phenomenon of world dimensions: the Glarner Hauptüberschiebung. This shapes the landscape along the route and is clearly visible on the mountain flanks.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,223 m
Lowest point
974 m
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Rest Stop

Berggasthaus Alp Siez
Alp Walabütz

Tips and hints

Start

Haltestelle Vorsiez Weisstannen (1,003 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'744'953E 1'206'045N
DD
46.989626, 9.344301
DMS
46°59'22.7"N 9°20'39.5"E
UTM
32T 526180 5204068
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Destination

Elm

Turn-by-turn directions

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Sargans, then the bus in the direction of Pizolpark, on weekdays change the bus at Pizolpark - on Sundays the bus goes from Sargans station directly to Weisstannen / Vorsiez

Getting there

On weekdays you have to change the bus at Pizolpark.From Zurich on the A3 to Mels, leave the highway at the exit Mels / Sargans, the way to Weisstannen valley is signposted from the highway exit. Last possible parking in Weisstannen.

Parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'744'953E 1'206'045N
DD
46.989626, 9.344301
DMS
46°59'22.7"N 9°20'39.5"E
UTM
32T 526180 5204068
w3w 
///circular.showering.vehicle
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Download Minikarte PDF

Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.3 km
Duration
7:49 h
Ascent
1,262 m
Descent
1,288 m
Highest point
2,223 m
Lowest point
974 m
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