The ‘7 Gipfel Tour’ (“7 Peak Tour”) hiking route in St. Gall, Switzerland, leads, as you might guess, up to the peak of a mountain called 7. I’m sorry. Of course it leads over seven peaks in the St. Gall mountains. These are, in the recommended order:
- Chli Güslen
- Grosser Güslen
The tour also shines with a diverse set of landscapes and near constant views of different parts of the alps in all directions. Definitely not an easy trail to get bored on.
The original route makes use of the cable car to cut about half of the ascent, mine does not and takes around three hours longer to complete.
As per usual, we chose this specific tour for that specific day because among those offering a comfortable climate during the forecast weather conditions based on their altitudes, it was the one we wanted to do the most (and hadn’t done yet).
We even got up early (so before 8), as it’s one of the longer tours on my to-do list.
And it was worth it. Interesting trails and stunning views lay ahead.
First, of course, we had to get to the start of the official tour at the cable car station Maschgenkamm, but we like to get in a bit of legcercise.
Once there, one of the first views was of Seebenalp with its three lakes, with lake Walensee and the Churfirsten mountain range in the back. A real postcard image.
The rest of the tour’s views did not disappoint either, and we soon (at least it felt quick) reached the highest of the seven peaks: Gulmen.
I should note that though they may technically be peaks, they feel more like hilltops while hiking, and if you’re not paying attention, you may not even notice when you tick one off the list. Don’t expect each to look and feel like an individual mountain.
Nevertheless, the route and its views are absolutely amazing, and we had a wonderful day. Would do again.
But if we do, I hope that strange horse that followed us across an open pasture and then down the trail for what felt like half an hour will have forgotten whatever was so interesting about us. We wouldn’t have been surprised to find him on the back seat of the car, waiting for us when we got back.
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Route Report / Gallery
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|Date of Hike:||2020-07-31|
|Technical Difficulty:||T2-T3: Mountain Trail|
|Net Hours (Est.)||8.3|
|Net Hours (Act.)||7.5|
|Max. Alt. (m)||2316|
|Net Hours (Est.)||5.5|
|Max. Alt. (m)||2316|