Gipfelerlebnis T4 - Piz Badus (Six Madun)

16.6 km
7:00 h
1142 mhd
1142 mhd
auf dem Wanderweg ins Val Maighels hinein
Blick zum Aufstieg nach dem See

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Blick zurück vor dem Aufstieg zum Piz Badus
The wandering monk and naturalist from the monastery of Disentis, Placidus A. Spescha (1755-1833) was the first to climb Piz Badus in 1785.
Technique /6
Fitness 3/6
Highest Point  2914 m
Lowest Point  1977 m
Best Season
Oberalp Pass
Oberalp Pass
46.659691, 8.671315



In his stories, he tells of an adventurous undertaking about a glacier that we can no longer imagine today. He described Lake Toma as follows: "This lake, 200 steps wide and 400 steps long, is the basin from which the Front Rhine originates. It is a beautiful area and therefore worthy to be the original source of such a river."

We start the hike at the Oberalp Pass and join the hiking groups that flock to Lake Toma. The lake, which is considered the source of the Rhine, is one of the most beautiful places in the region. It is nestled in a hollow at the foot of the Piz Badus which is why the lake is also called "cradle of the Rhine" in the Romance language. We let the impressive scenery affect us, but it pulls us up, towards the summit. We soon found the trail tracks at the back of the lake and we climb over meadows up to the ridge. Again and again we take a look back, and admire the lake, whose water shimmers up to us in the most beautiful blue.  The last section to the summit is rocky and partially exposed. At the summit cross it has little space to sit and a lot of air around. And the view - phenomenal!

Variant: Omit the loop to the Maighelshütte (time saving, approx. 1 hour)


We make another stop at the Maighelshütte.


Sturdy footwear and sure-footedness are necessary. Hiking poles are helpful for the descent.


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From the Oberalp Pass we follow the marked hiking trail to Lake Tomasee, the source of the Rhine. At the back of the lake we find trail tracks that lead to the Piz Badus. At first we hike over meadows with stones, later the ground is devoid of vegetation and partly slippery. The summit ridge is rocky and narrow and there is little space around the summit cross. The descent takes place on the same route to the point where the water leaves Lake Toma. Now we follow the hiking trail no. 49 in a southerly direction. In an up and down we reach the road below the Maighelshütte. After a short counter-ascent, the hut is reached. For the descent we follow the Hüttenweg northwards, which flows further down back onto the road. We leave this road below the Plidutscha plain and turn left onto a hiking trail. This leads into the path we came from the Oberalp Pass in the morning. On the same high-altitude trail we hike back to the Oberalp Pass on the eastern flank of the Pazzolastock.


Public Transport

By train from Lucerne via Andermatt or from Zurich via Chur to the Oberalp Pass

Anreise Information

By car from Lucerne via Andermatt or from Zurich via Chur to the Oberalp Pass


Large public car park at the top of the pass (GR free of charge/UR chargeable)

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