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Alpine track from Madrisa across Rätschenjoch to St. Antönien

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This is a beautiful alpine hike from the chic and elegant village Klosters to the quiet ancient village St. Antönien.
moderate
Distance 13.5 km
5:45 h
750 m
1,100 m
In Klosters Dorf the cable railway Madrisa takes you up to the top station Madrisa (1884 metres above sea-level). The first panoramic view into all the mountains is marvellous. There is a possibility to stop at the mountain inn 'Saaseralp' for some refreshment. Passing 'Untersäss' (1940 m) you get to point 1978 m from where the track is getting steeper and might cause perspiration until you get to 'Obersäss' (2158 m). From there on it is an easy flat walk along a slope into the valley. From afar the white karst looks like a field of snow and soon after there is another steep climb. However, the track is not dangerous anywhere. Going zigzag up you finally get to 'Rätschenjoch' (2602 m) where you are rewarded for the strain with a breathtaking panorama. The ideal place to enjoy your picnic.....

The descent starts behind the 'Rätschenjoch'. For a short while you follow the rocks of the karst and climb 300 metres down to point 2304 m.  A scree slope appears behind a rock face which seems to be insuperable. You carefully climb down along the rock face on the right-hand side. The path leads along a slope to point 2004 m. From there on it is getting flatter and you soon reach the settlement 'Sunnistafel' (1747 m). Across the alpine road you get to the settlement 'Rüti' (1461 m).  If you turn round you can nearly follow the whole tour with your eyes.

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Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,603 m
Lowest point
1,417 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Berggasthaus Gemsli
Restaurant & Hotel Rhätia
Berghaus Edelweiss

Tips and hints

Prättigau Tourismus 
Valzeinastrasse 6
CH-7214 Grüsch 
Tel. +41 (0)81 325 11 11 
info@praettigau.info
www.praettigau.info

Start

Starting point is Klosters Saaseralp (Madrisa) (1,883 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'784'794E 1'197'420N
DD
46.902178, 9.864292
DMS
46°54'07.8"N 9°51'51.5"E
UTM
32T 565828 5194656
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Destination

Destination is St. Antönien

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

To Landquart by Federal Railways (SBB), then change to RhB in the direction of Davos, Vereina.

Getting there

Coming from Zurich / St. Margrethen you leave the motorway A13/E43 in Landquart in the direction of Landquart, Davos, Vereina on the national road B 28 to Klosters Dorf.

Parking

There are free car parks at the bottom end of the cable railway Madrisa. In Klosters Platz all the car parks are liable to pay cost.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'784'794E 1'197'420N
DD
46.902178, 9.864292
DMS
46°54'07.8"N 9°51'51.5"E
UTM
32T 565828 5194656
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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
13.5 km
Duration
5:45 h
Ascent
750 m
Descent
1,100 m
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