Morning hike down the Furka

11. July 2016 | categories: Hiking

It’s July 5, 2016. I’m waking up slowly on the Furka Pass. It’s 5:30 a. m. and the day’s starting to come. After a short night with a glorious starry sky, I watch the sunrise and head down into the valley to Andermatt.

The path goes down to the exit of the steam railway tunnel. I’m already greeted by two marmots, but they’re about to get out of the dust, they don’t want to trust me. The trail passes through a swampy area with well-prepared hiking trail between the railway line and the Reuss river. An agricultural road comes later.

Later I have to walk through a meadow with calves. A goat, which is supposed to watch over her, jumps behind me and a calf after the goat. It seems to be hoping for something edible, but it is disappointed when I climb over the fence at the end of the trail (the farmer must have forgotten the exit for hikers). A little later I reach Realp and with it the valley.

After Realp the trail follows the Reuss for about 2.5 hours to Andermatt. The path is rather flat.

In Andermatt I have a fine lunch and drive home by train via Göschenen.

Tip: From the Furka down there are countless flowers. If you don’t like to hike that far, you can also take the post bus or take the Furka steam train. The path between Realp and Andermatt is flat but less interesting.