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Four Headwaters Trail

Originating in the Gotthard Massif mountain range, the four major rivers, Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone flow in all four cardinal directions. Covering a distance of approx. 85 km, the Four Headwaters Trail leads to their source and can be undertaken as a series of individual day hikes or as a single multi-day trek. Discover the unique landscape along the Four Headwaters Trail and learn more about the importance of water in the heart of Europe. Rustic mountain huts situated directly on the trail and cosy hotels in the neighbouring villages offer the perfect opportunity for a sound night's sleep along the way. 

Special package for pleasure walkers: An enjoyable four-day walking experience in the heart of nature without luggage and including overnight hotel accommodation. Just CHF 515.- per person. Daily from approx. mid-June to mid-October.


  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation in a double room with breakfast (standard hotel category)
  • 4 luggage transports (from arrival at the Oberalp Pass to departure from Belvédère)
  • 80-page walking guide, maps, travel documentation and timetables from the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn and Postbus for the relevant route

(Does not include additional night in Andermatt or public transport en route)

Special offer for international guests. All-inclusive package: 6 days for just CHF 689 per person. Incl. 5 nights' accommodation, transfers from Zurich Airport to your hotel and back.

Travel Itinery:

Day 1: Circular route Oberalppass – Andermatt 3:30*

The hiking trail begins at Oberalp Pass and ascends 300 m to Lake Toma and the source of the Rhine. The trail continues over a small mountain saddle and gently rolling hilltops before dropping down into the Maighels Valley and back to the Oberalp Pass. Return journey to Andermatt via public transport. Tip for adventurous hikers: Oberalp Pass – Pazolastock – Badushütte – Lake Toma – Oberalp Pass 5h 30

Day 2: Andermatt – Gotthard Hospice 5h 30*

Take the Postbus from Andermatt to the scenic Gotthard Pass. From here, the trail leads up to the Lucendro dam and along the water's edge to the Lucendro Pass. In a basin below the Pass, lies an idyllic little lake in which the Reuss originates. The trail continues down to the gallery of the Gotthard Pass road via Rosso di Fuori and Alpe di Fieud. You can then take the Postbus from the Galleria Banchi stop up to the Gotthard Pass.

Day 3: Gotthard Hospice – Ulrichen/Obergesteln/Oberwald 5h 30*

The Postbus will take you from the Gotthard Pass to Airolo and on through the romantic Bedretto Valley to the stop at Cruina. From here, it's a 45-minute walk to the headwaters of the Ticino. Following an ascent of around one hour you reach the highest point – the Nufenen Pass. The descent through the ever-changing landscape of the Ägene Valley takes you to Ulrichen or Obergesteln, or you could walk on to Oberwald (+45 min.). Tip: Use public transport to shorten this leg of the walk.

Day 4: Ulrichen/Obergesteln/Oberwald – Belvédère/home 6h 15*

Walking times to Belvédère depend on where you start: from Ulrichen 6.15 hours; from Obergesteln 5.45 hours; from Oberwald 5 hours. You can take the Postbus to shorten this leg of the walk. The trail first leads to Gletsch before climbing up to the Furka Pass. From here, you cross broad alpine meadows to the stone marking the source of the Rhone before continuing on down to Belvédère. Public transport will bring you back home. Option: Spend an extra night in the nostalgic Grand Hotel Glacier du Rhône in Gletsch.

* All times given apply to walking times without breaks.

Duration & room type: 3 nights / double room
Validity: 24.06.2017 - 15.10.2017
Further information: Guide price inc VAT and taxes
Subject to change
per person / double room from: 515,00 CHF / 398 GBP

Location Sedrun

Eurotrek AG
Dörflistrasse 30
8057 Zürich (Oerlikon), Switzerland

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