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2022: Various Hikes / Tours

2 Days Hike June 2022: Hospental - Gatscholalücke - St. Gotthardpass - Hospental


2 Days Hike: Hospental - Gatscholalücke - St. Gotthardpass - Hospental

This is an interactive (zoomable) map of the hike - click on logo right upper corner to get elevation map

Friday June 17, 2022: Hospental

I arrive 18:10 in Hospental by train, some distances:

  • Hospental - Realp: 1h 40m
  • Hospental - Furkapass: 5h 25m
  • Hospental - Gurschenalp: 2h 50m
  • Hospental - Gotthardpass: 3h
  • Hospental - Airolo: 5h 30m
  • Hospental - Gatscholalücke: 2h 45m (the one I take today/tomorrow)
  • Hospental - Gatscholalücke - Gotthardpass: 4h 45m

and I start to hike a bit up for an hour, and find a spot at 19:30 - it's a bit uneven, and windy as well.

◈ Hospental (Δ 1509m), 2022/06/17 18:13
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:14
◈ Hospental, Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:17
◈ Hospental, Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:17
◈ Hospental, Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:18
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:23
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:29
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:29
◈ Otto Lumitsch Brücke, Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:37
◈ Gamssteg, Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:51
◈ Gamssteg, Hospental, 2022/06/17 18:51
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 19:48
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 19:48
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 19:48
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 19:50
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/17 19:50

Saturday June 18, 2022: Hospental - Gatscholalücke - St. Gotthardpass

No good sleep, but getting up 7:00 as the sun approaches the tent. Ascending nicely (moderately) toward Gatscholalücke and seeing toward Furkapass for a while, also nice small ponds with clear (running) water, eventually I reach Gatscholalücke.

◈ Hospental, 2022/06/18 07:22
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/18 07:22
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/18 07:22
◈ Hospental (Δ 1856m), 2022/06/18 07:22
◈ Hospental (Δ 1901m), 2022/06/18 07:30
◈ Hospental (Δ 1901m), 2022/06/18 07:30
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/18 07:30
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/18 07:43
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/18 07:43
◈ Hospental (Δ 2081m), 2022/06/18 08:00
◈ Zumdorf, Hospental (Δ 2153m), 2022/06/18 08:13
◈ Zumdorf, Hospental (Δ 2239m), 2022/06/18 08:25
◈ Zumdorf, Hospental (Δ 2267m), 2022/06/18 08:28
◈ Zumdorf, Hospental (Δ 2260m), 2022/06/18 08:28
◈ Zumdorf, Hospental (Δ 2251m), 2022/06/18 08:37
◈ Zumdorf, Hospental (Δ 2250m), 2022/06/18 08:37
◈ Realp (Δ 2298m), 2022/06/18 08:51
◈ Realp (Δ 2322m), 2022/06/18 09:23
◈ Realp (Δ 2324m), 2022/06/18 09:24
◈ Realp (Δ 2334m), 2022/06/18 09:24
◈ Realp (Δ 2310m), 2022/06/18 09:53
◈ Realp (Δ 2303m), 2022/06/18 09:56
◈ Realp (Δ 2305m), 2022/06/18 09:56
◈ Realp (Δ 2406m), 2022/06/18 10:18
◈ Realp (Δ 2394m), 2022/06/18 10:18
◈ Realp (Δ 2395m), 2022/06/18 10:18
◈ Schweig, Realp, 2022/06/18 10:30
◈ Realp, 2022/06/18 10:33
◈ Realp (Δ 2448m), 2022/06/18 10:39
◈ Realp (Δ 2456m), 2022/06/18 10:39
◈ Realp, 2022/06/18 10:53
◈ Realp (Δ 2543m), 2022/06/18 10:54
◈ Realp (Δ 2554m), 2022/06/18 10:54
Gatscholalücke (2528m)
◈ Realp, 2022/06/18 10:58
Gatscholalücke (2528m)
◈ Realp, 2022/06/18 10:58
◈ Realp (Δ 2564m), 2022/06/18 10:58
◈ Realp (Δ 2564m), 2022/06/18 10:58
◈ Realp (Δ 2568m), 2022/06/18 10:58
Gatscholalücke (2528m)
◈ Airolo (Δ 2593m), 2022/06/18 10:58

Descending partially flat but then again steeply, which with the heavy backpack is tiresome. Passing by small lakes or ponds until I reach the St. Gotthardpass and Hospice with large windmills. I take a rest as I feel exhausted, and sun and steady wind adds to it . . .

Some distances at St. Gotthard Hospiz:

  • Gotthard Hospiz - Airolo: 2h
  • Gotthard Hospiz - Lago della Sella: 45m
  • Gotthard Hospiz - Giübin: 2h 45m

Around 15:30 I decide to hike a bit up toward Lago dell Sella, but divert toward Bassa della Sella, a small hill a bit aside where I find a flat spot to pitch the tent for tonight.

Gatscholalücke (2528m)
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 10:59
Gatscholalücke (2528m)
◈ Airolo (Δ 2581m), 2022/06/18 10:59
Gatscholalücke (2528m)
◈ Airolo (Δ 2584m), 2022/06/18 10:59
◈ Airolo (Δ 2582m), 2022/06/18 11:00
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 11:01
◈ Airolo (Δ 2504m), 2022/06/18 11:19
◈ Airolo (Δ 2498m), 2022/06/18 11:19
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 11:30
◈ Airolo (Δ 2524m), 2022/06/18 11:30
◈ Airolo (Δ 2458m), 2022/06/18 11:41
◈ Airolo (Δ 2452m), 2022/06/18 11:41
◈ Airolo (Δ 2452m), 2022/06/18 11:45
◈ Airolo (Δ 2443m), 2022/06/18 11:45
◈ Airolo (Δ 2419m), 2022/06/18 11:46
◈ Airolo (Δ 2421m), 2022/06/18 11:49
◈ Airolo (Δ 2417m), 2022/06/18 11:49
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo (Δ 2343m), 2022/06/18 12:06
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo (Δ 2341m), 2022/06/18 12:06
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo, 2022/06/18 12:06
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo, 2022/06/18 12:06
Mattolone
◈ La Claustra, Airolo, 2022/06/18 12:44
◈ La Claustra, Airolo, 2022/06/18 12:46
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo (Δ 2197m), 2022/06/18 12:46
View toward St. Gotthard Hospiz
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 13:17
View toward St. Gotthard Hospiz
◈ Airolo (Δ 2174m), 2022/06/18 13:18
◈ Airolo (Δ 2175m), 2022/06/18 13:18
View toward St. Gotthard Hospiz
◈ Airolo (Δ 2157m), 2022/06/18 15:28
◈ Airolo (Δ 2155m), 2022/06/18 15:28
◈ Airolo (Δ 2150m), 2022/06/18 15:30
◈ Lago della Piazza, Airolo (Δ 2148m), 2022/06/18 15:31
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 15:38
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 15:39
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 15:39
◈ Cima del Bosco, Airolo (Δ 2186m), 2022/06/18 15:45
◈ Cima del Bosco, Airolo (Δ 2179m), 2022/06/18 15:45
View toward St. Gotthard Hospiz
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 16:06
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 16:06
◈ Airolo (Δ 2201m), 2022/06/18 16:08
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 16:08
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 16:08
◈ Cima del Bosco, Airolo (Δ 2198m), 2022/06/18 16:29
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 16:35
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/18 18:07
◈ Airolo (Δ 2192m), 2022/06/18 18:08

Sunday June 19, 2022: St. Gotthardpass - Hospental

Better sleep, but all night long wind - no surprise with all the huge windmills put around here near the pass. Departing 8:30, getting some fresh water from the nearby source, and then descend slowly. The valley is narrow, the new street, the old street and the hiking trail - it's still impressive nature. Eventually around noon, I reach Hospental train station.

◈ Cima del Bosco, Airolo (Δ 2189m), 2022/06/19 08:53
◈ Cima del Bosco, Airolo (Δ 2192m), 2022/06/19 08:54
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/19 09:03
◈ Airolo, 2022/06/19 09:03
◈ Airolo (Δ 2113m), 2022/06/19 09:23
◈ Airolo (Δ 2122m), 2022/06/19 09:23
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo (Δ 2029m), 2022/06/19 09:57
◈ Alpe di Rodont, Airolo (Δ 2025m), 2022/06/19 09:57
◈ Hospental (Δ 1984m), 2022/06/19 10:14
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:14
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:14
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:19
◈ Hospental (Δ 1959m), 2022/06/19 10:19
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:19
◈ Mätteli, Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:38
◈ Mätteli, Hospental (Δ 1818m), 2022/06/19 10:39
◈ Mätteli, Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:39
◈ Mätteli, Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:39
◈ Hospental (Δ 1712m), 2022/06/19 10:52
◈ Hospental (Δ 1707m), 2022/06/19 10:52
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:52
◈ Hospental (Δ 1710m), 2022/06/19 10:53
◈ Hospental (Δ 1727m), 2022/06/19 10:53
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:53
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:53
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 10:53
◈ Hospental (Δ 1712m), 2022/06/19 10:53
◈ Hospental (Δ 1716m), 2022/06/19 11:02
◈ Hospental (Δ 1695m), 2022/06/19 11:02
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 11:03
◈ Hospental, 2022/06/19 11:11
◈ Hospental (Δ 1689m), 2022/06/19 11:11
◈ Hospental (Δ 1669m), 2022/06/19 11:16
◈ Hospental (Δ 1585m), 2022/06/19 11:39
◈ Hospental (Δ 1592m), 2022/06/19 11:39
◈ Hospental (Δ 1512m), 2022/06/19 11:53

With headache I step into the train in Hospental - I keep drinking water and go slow, and try to sleep in the train. Lack of sleep really took its toll - so important to have a good rest when hiking more than just a day.

That's it.


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