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Weisshorn Peak – Sattel hut – Scheidegg – Prätschli

Winter hiking · Arosa Lenzerheide
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  • Gondelbahn Arosa - Weisshorn
    / Gondelbahn Arosa - Weisshorn
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  • / Wanderweg Weisshorn - Sattelhütte
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Panoramarestaurant Weisshorngipfel
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Panoramarestaurant Weisshorngipfel
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
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Panoramic hike with open views over the Schanfigg valley. 
moderate
Distance 6.5 km
2:00 h
1 m
753 m
2,648 m
1,895 m

The bright blue gondola of the Arosa - Weisshorn cable car takes you to the highest point of the hike right at the beginning. At 2,653m above sea level, an impressive panoramic view awaits you. Even during the descent towards the Sattelhütte, you can let your gaze wander down the valley to Chur again and again. Strengthened by a snack on the sun terrace of the Sattelhütte, the hike now leads into quiet territory, far away from the hustle and bustle and noise, nature shows its most beautiful side. At the Prätschsee lake you get back onto a somewhat larger hiking trail to the Prätschli.

 

Author’s recommendation

Pit stop on the sun terrace of the Sattel hut.
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Author
Arosa Tourismus
Update: January 17, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,648 m
Lowest point
1,895 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

360° Panorama Restaurant Weisshorngipfel
Sattelhütte
Brüggerstuba at the middle station

Safety information

Arosa strives to provide hikers with a well-developed and marked network of hiking trails. Please heed the rules and signposting. Daily updated information on the open winter hiking trails can be found on the of Arosa Lenzerheide.

Tips and hints

Current winter sports report

Weather in Arosa

Start

Weisshorn Peak (2,647 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'767'956E 1'184'418N
DD
46.789738, 9.638606
DMS
46°47'23.1"N 9°38'19.0"E
UTM
32T 548740 5181996
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Destination

Prätschli

Turn-by-turn directions

Weisshorn peak - Sattel - Scheidegg - Prätschsee lake - Prätschli

Note

Wildlife refuge Weisshorn-Urdental: December 20 - April 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Rhaetian Railway leaves Chur to Arosa and back at hourly intervals. From there take the Weisshorn gondola to the peak.

Getting there

From Chur, the winding Schanfiggerstrasse leads to Arosa. Let the journey already become an adventure.

Current road report

Parking

At the entrance to Arosa village you will find a large parking sign.

Obersee car park or Ochsenbühl car park (5 minutes' walk from the valley station of the Arosa - Weisshorn gondola lift).

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'767'956E 1'184'418N
DD
46.789738, 9.638606
DMS
46°47'23.1"N 9°38'19.0"E
UTM
32T 548740 5181996
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, clothing suitable for the weather and something to drink are recommended.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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
6.5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
1 m
Descent
753 m
Highest point
2,648 m
Lowest point
1,895 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route Way cleared Groomed snow
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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