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From Wangs, the Pizol railway travels, in three sections, to the Pizolhütte (2227m) on the Wangersee. During the climb that lasts roughly one hour, a broad view opens up over the East Swiss, Grison and Austrian Alps. From behind the Wildseelücke (2493m above sea level), the Wildsee appears. Enjoy encaptivating views of the Pizol glavier, with the 2844m high Pizol summit and the Graue Hörner.
This is followed by a brief descent to the deep-blue Schottensee. On the gentle rise over the Schwarzplangg, the view extends back over the Sardona heritage site, with the Pizol glacier, Ringelspitz, Piz Sardona and Glarus Alps. You now descend to the dark Scharzsee (2368m), where ibex, chamois and eagles can be seen.
Passing the legendary Steinmannlis, you reach the final descent over the east face of the Gamidaur, which leads to the fifth and final lake, the green Baschalvasee (2174m). Next is the descent to Station Gaffia; the mountain railway returns to Wangs in two sections from here
- Alpine tour: Snow possible up to early July, bring good mountain equipment.
- Round-trip ticket for the 5-lake walk available from Pizol railway.
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We strongly recommend that you start the hike by 11:00 a.m. at the latest. Please note that you have to be at the Gaffia chairlift at 4.30 p.m. or at the Pizolhütte at 4.00 p.m., otherwise you will miss the last descent. The last descent with the gondola lift from Furt is at 5.30 pm. Subsequently, transport by Pizolbahnen AG is no longer possible.
Herd protection dogs are expected to be in use on Alp Gaffara during the first two weeks of August. The dogs are kept on a leash in the morning and only let back to the sheep in the evening. Thus, there is no risk for hikers through the day. If someone stays near the alp early in the morning, late in the evening or at night, caution is advised (e.B. when bivouacing).
From Maienberg uphill there is a strict ban on driving! Passage by car or other motorized vehicles is not possible! There are no public parking spaces in Maienberg. For this reason it is mandatory to park at the valley station in Wangs.
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