Hiking at St. Gotthard's Pass posted by titoironman, September 26, 2015, 13:25

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St. Gotthard Pass is an important motor and railway route between the central Europe and Italy. The pass is located at an elevation of 2,108 meters and is 26 km long. This route is quite familiar with Romans. However, it was not commonly used as the cross-Alpine route until earlier 13th century. The name of St. Gotthard Pass was originally made to honor St. Godehard, or Gotthard, the bishop of Hildesheim in about 11th century.

This notorious pass is also known as King of Passes, the symbol of Swiss independence representation. If you are curious about the story of Gotthard road, it is all open in the National Gotthard Museum.

The St. Gotthard Pass includes some spiral tunnels in the Reuss and Ticino river valleys. While being 26 kilometers long, it is capable of accommodating more than 2,000 vehicles per hour. The railway tunnel has been running well below the St. Gotthard tunnels. It was finished in 2010.

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So, enough with the introduction, I write this post meaning to emphasize the information for hikers and adventurers. If you are one of them, you should read this.

The Gotthard, also acknowledged as “King of Mountain Passes” and can be obtained via the mountain road with sceneries of the Tremola route or the Post Bus stop in Gotthard Pass.

From there you can walk to the Sasso San Gottardo exhibit, the futuristic displays for the contemporary fans around the world. And don’t forget to continue your walk to the historic Gotthard's fortress. St. Gotthard Pass offers the nice opportunity for hiking trails with fascinating sceneries such as Via Posta Alpina section and the Four Springs Trail. And it does not stop there! You can also walk to St. Gotthard Hospice - a wonderful place to spend the night with your family or friends.

You can discover the remarkable Gotthard Legend. When hiking in the location, you will feel back two centuries ago where the Swiss Army artillery fortification was there. The mountain is still natural, offering a genuine spot to hike.

It can take up to 6 hours to hike. From Lago Ritom (1850m) > Bocchetta di Föisc (2122m) > Buco di Ce (1680m) > Bolla (1700m) > Buco di Pontino (1986m) > Cassina della Bolla (2200m) > Passo San Gottardo (2100m).

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You can challenge yourself to reach the peak of Gotthard pass. For sure the June is the best time to visit the Gotthard pass. There could still be snow on the mountain's top, then you can plant your flag there as your memorable moment reminder.

Gotthard Pass is definitely a fascinating place to walk. It is the beautiful world made of water, stone and the trees. When you come into St. Gotthard Pass you will find fresh and clear mountain air, natural and unspoiled landscapes and fresh woods that can withstand all climatic adversity. There are many mountain lakes in St. Gotthard and you can visit the six most notable lakes that can be seen while you are walking along the route.

The popular lakes are the Laghi d'Orsirora and Laghi della Valletta. They are located on the circular walking trail starting at the Gotthard Pass. The sceneries of them are really delightful. The route does not only bring you to an amazing Alpine scenery, but also gives you the perfect opportunity to refresh your mind and energy.

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There are many views that are beyond description when looking at such distinctive place. You may encounter the valley ahead on your route with V-shaped form. In the far distance, it is cut off by the second valley not far from there. The Valley sides in the Andermatt are still natural and green. They are completely covered with beautiful vegetation and grass. However, you can expect that the flora has withdrawn and the bare rock becomes predominant. When you look up to the sky, you will realize that it is a rare blue with only a few high clouds in the east. This view is more or less you will encounter from the morning into the daylight.

There will be zipping sound in the valley and it is made by your fellow hikers and neighbors at the camp and activities can be a real fun and truly inspiring.

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When heading north out of Airolo you will find a name, Pian Secco Belvedere. Here you can rejuvenate your body, rest for a while, get food, take pictures, and much more.

As I mentioned before, you will notice some lakes in the tree-free granite around the area of St Gotthard Pass. The 6 lakes hike is the circular hike that starts and ends at the Gotthard hospice. Then you can stay there, or perhaps want to check in the Hotel San Gottardo.

Make sure that you have prepared all the equipment such as map, compass, tents, boots, sunglasses, bags, food, sleeping bags and flashlights.

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Also, the detailed map can help you to acknowledge the surrounding environments. You can get St Gotthard Pass maps freely from the internet or just ask for the local tourism help. Food can be your savior too as nobody enjoys hiking being hungry. Also don’t forget to bring your walking stick to improve your body’s stability. It also helps you to reduce the burden on the legs. Scientific study proved that using walking stick can reduce about 24% of stress which hikers bear, especially when hiking in the mountain and valleys areas such as St Gotthard Pass.

So, if you love adventure and all set and ready, it's time to hike!
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