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Walk to Linthal, Funicular to Braunwald

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After a few kilometres on the road, you ascend through pine forests and meadows to a small pass before descending into a mountain valley and then ascending the steep slope to the alpine pass Richetlipass before a steep descent and then a mellow walk down into Linthal.
Distance 20.8 km
9:00 h
1,427 m
1,703 m
2,255 m
709 m
Today is a long but rewarding day. There are two passes to cross, although the first is unnamed and fairly insignificant. The second is the Richetlipass at 2261m. The ascent is on steep zig zags, becoming even steeper just before arriving at the pass. From the top, enjoy views over the deep Durnachtal valley before beginning the sharp descent into it! The path down is narrow and can be tricky in wet weather, so take your time. There is a short section of descent with a fixed chain over a particularly craggy area. Arrive in Linthal, a small village framed by ’Toedi’, a 3614m peak also known as the ’King of Little Mountains’. Take the funicular to Braunwald (10 minutes), where you will find your accommodation for the night. 

Author’s recommendation

Go steady on the descent from the second pass, it can be slippy if the weather is bad and it can drain your legs very quickly if you try and rush it. If you decide to walk to Braunwald from Linthal instead of taking the funicular, bear in mind it's a 600m steep ascent!
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Update: March 03, 2020
Highest point
2,255 m
Lowest point
709 m
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Safety information

The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.

There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, they have sometimes melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.

Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed. 

Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.

Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant.

Tips and hints

Food and Drink

There is an honesty box and fridge of snacks and drinks at around 11 kilometres at a farm after the second pass, other than this no food stops are available. It is a long and hard day, bring plenty of food and water.


Points of Interest

View of Toedi

The highest peak in the region at 3614 metres, once you navigate the pass you can see the mighty frame of Toedi to your left, jokingly called the king of small mountains as it is the biggest in this area, but there are much bigger.



The second pass of the walk at 2261 m, it is a very steep climb to it out of the valley. The views are stunning in all directions and the landscape changes dramatically as you descend.


Alpine mountaintop valley

After the first fairly minor pass, you drop into a great green bowl veined with alpine streams and sheltered from the winds. Crossing this bowl you can see marmots and birds of prey as well as goat and sheep before you make the ascent to the Richetlipass on the other side.





Linthal High Street, Gasthaus Segnes (985 m)
2'731'932E 1'197'780N
46.918019, 9.170781
46°55'04.9"N 9°10'14.8"E
32T 513003 5196068
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The church, Linthal

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Leave the hotel and TURN RIGHT, then at the T Junction TURN LEFT, this road ascends up the valley, and although a big road is very quiet

3.90 km - TURN RIGHT off the main road onto a smaller road that ascends past a water fountain signed to Linthal 6 hours 30 min

4.10 km - On the bend of the road, TURN LEFT up the grassy ridge (the path is barely visible) rising above a farm building to your right, the ridge turns into a path and rejoins the road further up

4.30 km - As you join the road TURN LEFT

4.50 km - BEAR RIGHT off the road signed for Richetlipass ascending

5.20 km - At the crossroads where the path meets a track, carry STRAIGHT ON, looking out for the red and white markers from here on in

5.40 km - At the tarmac road, cross straight over and continue on the path

5.60 km - At the tarmac road, cross straight over and continue on the path

5.90 km - As you join the tarmac road this time, TURN RIGHT and follow the road, it passes a sign for Linthal and ascends towards a farm

6.10 km - BEAR RIGHT through the farm and pass the sign for Linthal 5 hours 30 mins, follow this route when the path splits, BEAR LEFT following the red and white marker, ignoring the other marker that directs you to the right

7.80 km - The path is eroded, be careful of footing

8.50 km - Cross the first pass and BEAR RIGHT to descend into the valley, when you come to the hut BEAR RIGHT to cross the valley and then follow the markers as they lead you up the other side of the valley

11.00 km - You reach the crest of Richtlipass, continue straight over and descend the other side, the path is narrow and zig zags so be careful of your footing, signed for Linthal, 3 hours 15 min

12.30 km - The path meets a ridge, traverse the top

13.20 km The path drops into an open green field, follow the waymarkers then after 200 metres BEAR RIGHT and cross a small river as the path turns into a track

13.80 km Cross a larger bridge and continue

14.20 km - After passing a farm, TURN RIGHT signed for Via Alpina and cross another vehicle bridge

15.20 km - Pass by a farm, they have an honesty box and a fridge full of juice and cheese, BEAR RIGHT after the farm to continue on the track

16.20 km - The track turns into a road, continue STRAIGHT ON

16.80 km - TURN LEFT off the road signed for Linthal keeping an eye out for the red and white markers as the path winds through fields and forest

17.80 km - TURN LEFT off the trail through a small electric gate in the field, onto a smaller trail, as the trail drops you meet a vehicle track, TURN RIGHT to join this track

18.70 km - The track joins a road, BEAR LEFT descending

19.60 km - You have arrived on Linthal high street, the Church is to your right, you have finished the days trekking.

Make your way to the Linthal-Braunwaldbahn funicular station (10 minute walk from the church), and take it up to Braunwald. The funicular takes about 10 mins and runs late into the evening. Check for timetables. 






Public transport

 At the end of the day's walk, make your way to the Linthal-Braunwaldbahn funicular station, and take it up to Braunwald. The funicular takes about 10 mins and runs late into the evening. Check  for timetables. 


2'731'932E 1'197'780N
46.918019, 9.170781
46°55'04.9"N 9°10'14.8"E
32T 513003 5196068
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.

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9:00 h
1,427 m
1,703 m
Highest point
2,255 m
Lowest point
709 m
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