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Kandidat UNESCO Weltnaturerbe Glarner Hauptüberschiebung
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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C4 Elm » Linthal
  |   9h30   |   22.3 km   |   1456 m   |   1789 m

From Elm, the mountain trail climbs steeply westward to the Hängstboden pasture From here, continue on an even course to Erbs. The mountain trail leads past the Wichlenmatt meadow to the Richetli pass. After the short, steep descent into the Durnachtal valley, then head on the right-hand side of the valley to Linthal, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
976 m
| D  3.8 km / 2h00
Unter Ämpächli
1478 m
| D  1 km / 0h30
1645 m
| D  3.9 km / 1h10
Ober Erbs
1689 m
| D  3.4 km / 1h40
2042 m
| D  1.3 km / 0h40
2251 m
| D  2.7 km / 1h30
Unter Stafel
1400 m
| D  6.2 km / 2h00
648 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • 247 T Sardona ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • 246 T Klausenpass ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Glarnerland-Walensee ~ Hallwag Kümmerly und Frey AG / ISBN 3-259-00865-9 (1: 60'000)
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  • Arturo Ciórraga - 2020-08-17
    Otra etapa demasiado larga de la Via Alpina.
    La distancia y los desniveles positivo y negativo entre Elm y Linthal, aconsejan partir la etapa en dos jornadas.
    Resulta un poco frívola la propuesta de utilizar el servicio de telecabina para evitar la subida desde Elm hasta Ämpächli, ya que si hemos venido hasta aquí, es para recorrer la Via Alpina caminando, no para hacerla en telecabina. Aunque bueno,....., para quienes vean eso como algo normal, ya puestos, ¿porqué no toman un autobús hasta Obererbs?....así se pueden ahorrar 10 km.
  • frankie9594 - 2018-05-03
    Monaco- Trieste

    Fantastic stage, with great views. Trail is easy to follow. The camping platz that Thierry mentions is still there. Definitely a good option. Follow Untertal road until you find it.
  • Tof - 2015-01-09
    Trieste-Monaco le 22/8/14
    Belle montée vers le Erbser Stock. Quoique un peu bruyante car l'armée suisse et en manoeuvre en fond de vallée: tir à l'arme lourde !

    Belle plaine du Mattbach dans laquelle se trouve la bergerie Matthutte (pas de ravitaillement possible). après avoir franchi le Richetlipass, arrêt à Unterstafel (Hinterdurnachtal).

    Nuit à l'étable chez Joachim Schindler, son épouse et leur employé qui parle bien anglais. 20 CHF pour la nuit. Découverte de la cave et des procédés de fabrication du fromage d'alpage. Bon accueil, belle générosité. (
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    Trieste-Monaco on 22/08/14 Beautiful climb to the Erbser Stock. Though a bit noisy as the Swiss army and maneuver in the valley: shooting with heavy weapons! Belle Plain Mattbach in which is the Matthutte fold (can not be refueling). after crossing the Richetlipass stop at Unterstafel (Hinterdurnachtal). Night at the barn at Joachim Schindler, his wife and their employees who speak good English. 20 CHF for the night. Discover the cellar and manufacturing processes Alpine cheese. Welcome, beautiful generosity. (
  • Andreas - 2014-06-22
    Unbedingt in der Ober Erbser Skihütte einkehren. Sehr, sehr nette Betreiber, top Essen und dazu 1A Aussicht. Nach Abstieg vom Richetlipass kommt man an der Alp Hinterdurnachtal (1386 m. ü. M.) vorbei, wo man (mittlerweile) übernachten kann und selbstgemachten Käse bekommt. Nach einer netten Unterhaltung mit der Bäuerin, die uns einen kostenlosen Kaffee offerierte, zogen wir weiter Richtung Linthal.
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    Sure to drop ski lodge in the upper Erbser. Very, very nice owner, great food and views to 1A. After descending from Richetlipass to get to the Alp Hinterdurnachtal (1386 m. Above sea level. M.) past where you (now) old can stay and get homemade cheese. After a nice conversation with the farmer who offered us a free coffee, we moved on towards Linthal.
  • Thierry M. - 2014-01-11
    Monaco - Trieste
    At 1970m near richetlipass there is an open sheeperd hut.
    Opened and empty huts on the way down to Elm.

    Outside of Elm there is camping platz with water and fireplaces.5CHF (unguarded)
    Ober Erbs have a great location. Very near Richetlipass there is building occupied by US army soldiers (July 2013), possible free accomodation. Got offered some coffee there
  • joan - 2011-09-22
    In Elm, don't count on sleeping in the Hotel Adler's dortoir if you are by yourself, the owner accepts only groups (but he doesn't say that on the internet). And he gets very angry if you ask him if he speaks any other language apart from German (sorry, Schweisser Deutsch). Go instead to Hotel Raben, they have a very simple single with half board for 75 Sf., and they try to speak other european languages as well.
  • Lou Papé - 2010-07-27
    Refuge d'Ober Erbs vivement recommandé: gardiens très sympathiques et excellente cuisine. Ne pas hésiter à y passer la nuit.
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    Sanctuary Ober Erbs strongly recommended: guards very friendly and excellent food. Do not hesitate to spend the night.
  • Jean-Luc - 2010-04-28
    Malgré l'air austère et industriel de cette petite ville, vous y trouverez une sincère chaleur dans le cœur de ses habitants. Je vous indique une alternative aux hôtels de cette ville : la pension de la famille Claudia. Vous y serez logés dans un endroit insolite : le garage de la maison (aménagé) et vous partagerez le petit déjeuner et de riches instants d'échanges avec la famille d'accueil.
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    Despite the austere and industrial air of this small town, you'll find a sincere heart in the warmth of its people. I mention alternatives to hotels of this city: the family pension Claudia. You will be housed in an unusual place: the garage of the house (basement) and you will share breakfast and rich moments of exchange with the host family.
Last update : 2019-12-19