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Hike to the source of the Rhine and visit an Alpine hut.

Mountain Hike • Graubuenden
  • Tomasee
    / Tomasee
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Wanderung Richtung Val Maighels
    / Wanderung Richtung Val Maighels
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Türkenbund entlang des Weges
    / Türkenbund entlang des Weges
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Keine Angst vor neugierigen Ziegen
    / Keine Angst vor neugierigen Ziegen
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Tomasee
    / Tomasee
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Tomasee, Lai da Tuma,Rheinquelle, Tgina dil Rein
    / Tomasee, Lai da Tuma,Rheinquelle, Tgina dil Rein
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Tomasee
    / Tomasee
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Tomasee
    / Tomasee
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Mit einem Schritt über den Rhein
    / Mit einem Schritt über den Rhein
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Vom Tomasee zur Maighelshütte
    / Vom Tomasee zur Maighelshütte
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Lai Urlaun unterhalb der Maighelshütte
    / Lai Urlaun unterhalb der Maighelshütte
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Maighelshütte
    / Maighelshütte
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Kaffee und Kuchen auf der Terrasse
    / Kaffee und Kuchen auf der Terrasse
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
Map / Hike to the source of the Rhine and visit an Alpine hut.
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Wanderung zum Tomasee, der Quelle des Rheins, mit Besuch in der Maighelshütte

moderate
11.1 km
4:30 h
604 m
604 m
Known for being the source of the Rhine, Lake Toma is a special place. Nestled in a basin at the foot of Piz Badus, it is a site of unique beauty, magic and international significance. In his description of the Tavetsch Valley, Father Placidus a Spescha (1752 - 1833) referred to Lake Toma as follows: "This 200-foot wide and 400-foot long lake is the basin from which the Anterior Rhine originates. It is a wonderful spot and very worthy of being the source of such a river".

Lake Toma:  The Rhine's 1,230 km journey begins at its source. Much of what happens here influences its course. The residents of the Tujetsch community – on whose ground the source of the Rhine is located – take great care of their natural wonder. During the last Ice Age, the mighty Anterior Rhine Glacier encompassed the whole of the Surselva. Formed by glaciers, the mountainous landscape of the Oberalp Pass is the source of the Anterior Rhine. The ice stream has long since melted away, leaving behind a cirque in which Lake Toma can be found nestled in the Alpine valley of Six Madun at the foot of Piz Badus. Lake Toma is a jewel among Swiss mountain lakes. At 2,345 metres above sea level it is a site of unique beauty, magic and significance.

Oberalp Pass : The Oberalp Pass – known as "Alpsu" in Romansh – connects Disentis in Canton Graubünden with Andermatt in Canton Uri. At its highest point, the mountain pass reaches 2,044 metres above sea level. It covers a distance of 32 kilometres from Disentis to Andermatt. Just a few decades ago, a section of the old Oberalp road at Bugnei, near Sedrun, was designated the Römerweg (Roman Path). In the Middle Ages, the Pass gave the people of Graubünden access to the pig and goat markets in the cantons of Uri and Ticino. Following the construction of the current road in 1862/63, the volume of traffic across the Oberalp increased significantly and the romantic horse-drawn carriage era dawned. These carriages remained in operation until 1925 when the first cars took to the roads in Graubünden. The Pass is only accessible during the summer. In winter, travellers use the car train operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. The summit is a popular starting point for skiers, ski tourers and snowshoers. The railway line began operation in 1926. For the first 16 years prior to the electrification of the line, steam trains operated in summer only. The slowest express train in the world, the Glacier Express, also runs over the Oberalp Pass, connecting the Matterhorn village of Zermatt with St. Moritz and Davos.

 

Author's recommendation

Übernachtungsgäste mit Gästekarte  fahren mit dem Zug zwischen Disentis und Oberalppass gratis

 

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Author
Heidi Meier
Updated: 2017-05-15

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2367 m
1977 m
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Safety information

Not accessible by bike or with a buggy.

Equipment

Walking shoes are recommended. Take a picnic, there are no catering facilities at the lake.

Tips, hints and links

Fahrplan: www.sbb.ch

Maighelshütte: www.maighelshuette.ch

Sedrun Disentis Tourismus: www.disentis-sedrun.ch

Start

Oberalp Pass (2046 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.658357 N 8.670930 E
UTM
32T 474823 5167252

Destination

Maighels hut

Turn-by-turn directions

 At the start of the hike, we walk along the mountain pass before taking an Alpine hiking trail to Val Maighels. At 20556 we fork right and follow the zigzag path up the mountain. Having negotiated the last few rocky turns, the lake is soon upon us. At the spot where the water flows out of the lake, we follow a narrow path to Lake Urlaun and the Maighels hut.  www.maighelshuette.ch

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By Matterhorn Gotthardbahn to the Oberalp Pass  www.mgbahn.ch

Getting there

By car to the Oberalp Pass

Parking

Free parking on the Oberalp Pass
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.1 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
604 m
Descent
604 m
Public transport friendly Tour route Nice views With refreshment stops Suitable for families and children

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