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676 Pazolastock - Rheinquelle

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m 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 8 6 4 2 km Badushütte SAC Lai da Tuma -Tomasee Operalppass
Benedictine monk Placidus A. Spescha (1752 – 1833) once had this to say about Lake Toma: «This lake some 200 paces wide and 400 paces long is the basin from which the upper Rhine takes its source. It is a beautiful area, a worthy setting for the wellspring of such a river.»
difficult
9.7 km
4:34 h
850 m
850 m

As you hike your way across the Pazolastock, taking in the wonderful mountain panorama stretching from the Uri Alps down into the Surselva, you are likely to encounter very few people.

The tour begins on the Oberalp Pass, right behind the lighthouse, a replica of the Low Light of the Hook of Holland, symbolising a bridge from the source of the Rhine to its estuary. The summit of the Pazolastock is the first destination, which is reached after a gentle initial ascent followed by a succession of tight hairpin bends. To access the Fil da Tuma you need to negotiate a rocky, breezy ridge, with plenty of boulders to hold on to along the way. The trail leads past the Badus Hut, still very much in its original condition as it has not yet been caught up in the SAC's wave of renovations.

From the hut it is a 20-minute descent down to Lake Toma. And while you are unlikely to be alone here, you will always find a nice spot for resting and relaxing, whether it's on one of the large rocks overlooking the lake or the green meadows all around. The return leg to the Oberalp Pass takes you past the eastern side of the Pazolastock, where the sweetly fragrant Turk's cap lilies flower in summer.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,741 m
Lowest point
1,983 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Achtung: Auf hoch gelegenen Abschnitten sind Schneefelder bis in die Sommermonate möglich.

Tips and hints

Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
Via Alpsu 64a
7188 Sedrun
Tel. +41 (0)81 920 40 30
info@disentis-sedrun.ch

Start

Oberalppass (2,042 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'694'339E 1'168'319N
DD
46.659442, 8.671244
DMS
46°39'34.0"N 8°40'16.5"E
UTM
32T 474847 5167372
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Destination

Oberalppass

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'694'339E 1'168'319N
DD
46.659442, 8.671244
DMS
46°39'34.0"N 8°40'16.5"E
UTM
32T 474847 5167372
w3w 
///spend.deflation.candy
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.7 km
Duration
4:34 h
Ascent
850 m
Descent
850 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available

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