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

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  • Auf der ViaGeoalpina von Weisstannen nach Elm
    Auf der ViaGeoalpina von Weisstannen nach Elm
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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 stops

Berggasthaus Alp Siez
Alp Walabütz

Tips and hints

Verpflegung / Unterkunft unterwegs: Alp Siez

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

Weisstannen – Walabütz – Foostock – Foopass – Elm

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

bei Weisstannen / Vorsiez nur Bushaltestelle, keine Parkmöglichkeiten

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
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Equipment

Trekking- oder Wanderschuhe, Wanderstöcke, Regenschutz, Trinkflasche

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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
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights

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