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Circular path Illgau - Oberberg - St. Karl

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  • Schneeschuhwandern Illgau
    / Schneeschuhwandern Illgau
    Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Schneeschuhtour Illgau
    Photo: Ali Cinek, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus
  • / Schneeschuhwandern Illgau
    Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Schneeschuhwandern Illgau
    Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH, Schwyzer Wanderwege
m 1250 1200 1150 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Luftseilbahn IIIgau-Vorderoberberg Restaurant Oberberg Oberberg St. Karl

Let yourself be animated by the tranquillity

The tour begins on a natural sun terrace above the Muota Valley. Instead of a ski circus, a tranquillity and a lovely landscape await you. In this seclusion, the Alpine panorama appears even more powerful.

The signposted snowshoe routes are permitted in the Hasentobel - Ruch game rest zone.

moderate
Distance 2.5 km
1:00 h
95 m
94 m
1,256 m
1,162 m
The starting point is the 790-people village of Illgau. After a few steps you have already left the village and a wonderful ascent through a quiet, untouched landscape follows. On the other side of the valley, on the Stoos, lives the Pisten-Gaudi. On this side of the valley nature lovers are among themselves. In the rear Oberberg we reach the highest point of the tour and the magnificent Alpine panorama rewards the effort of the ascent. The path leads slightly downhill to the Alp Unterer Altberg and on to the cosy mountain inn Oberberg, where you can have a bite to eat. The top station of the Illgau-Vorderoberberg aerial cableway is only 700 metres away. The nostalgic aerial cableway takes you back to the starting point in the village of Illgau. For less strenuous hikers, the route takes the opposite direction: first the cable car ride, then the hike from Vorderoberberg via Oberberg back to Illgau.
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Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH / Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Update: December 21, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,256 m
Lowest point
1,162 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Oberberg

Safety information

For your safety - stay on the route!

SVS snow shoe routes are marked, signposted, safe from avalanches and nature-friendly.

Order snowshoe maps from the Swiss Snowshoe Association (www.s-v-s.ch) 

Attention:
Leave the route forbidden in the nature reserve and hunting ban area!

Tips and hints

For the sake of the wildlife:   

  • Attention: Please respect the recommended game rest zone.   
  • In winter, wild animals need quiet retreats to survive.   
  • Please stay on the route so that the wildlife is not disturbed.   
  • Please keep your dog on a leash.

http://www.mythenregion.ch/fileadmin/Files/Documents/Ibergeregg/Schneeschuhkarte.pdf

Start

Illgau village (1,178 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'697'456E 1'206'235N
DD
47.000012, 8.720050
DMS
47°00'00.0"N 8°43'12.2"E
UTM
32T 478716 5205203
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Destination

St. Karl

Turn-by-turn directions

St. Karl - Oberberg - St. Karl

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB to Schwyz railway station. From there by bus line 1 direction Muotathal. You have to get off at the stop Seilbahn Illgau. The cable car Illgau Ried (stop Illgau KIRI) takes you directly to the cosy mountain village.

Getting there

In Seewen-Schwyz you leave the motorway. From there follow the road towards Schwyz Muotathal. After the parking lot of the Stoosbahn valley station (8km) turn left towards Illgau. After another 3.4 km you will reach the village of Illgau.

Parking

Parking is available at the beginning of the village or in the middle of the village by the cable car Vorderoberberg or on the sports field.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'697'456E 1'206'235N
DD
47.000012, 8.720050
DMS
47°00'00.0"N 8°43'12.2"E
UTM
32T 478716 5205203
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Recommended equipment for snowshoe sportsmen:   

  • Snowshoes, winter shoes (good hiking boots), depending on weather conditions wind jacket, sweater, gloves, cap, sunglasses, gaiters and walking sticks.   
  • For longer tours rucksack with drink and catering   
  • We recommend map 1:25000, compass, if available GPS   
  • Pocket pharmacy and any required medication

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • 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 Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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
2.5 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
95 m
Descent
94 m
Highest point
1,256 m
Lowest point
1,162 m
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