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Day 40 – Sargans – Gafadura-Hutte 20th July 2013

Bought a croissant and got the charged up electronics back 6:40am

On the way to Liechtenstein 7:15am

7:20am 540m Schloss Sargans.Sevelen marked 3h35

8:40am 497m Azmoos.Sevelen marked 2h

10am leaving Azmoos

10:30am 602m Gretschins.Sevelen marked 1h.Buchs marked 2h20

11:10am 470m Sevelen dorf.Vaduz marked 1h10

11:45am leaving Schweiz and entering Liechtenstein by crossing Rhein river by “Rheinbrucke Vaduz-Sevelen” wood bridge.

1:15pm leaving touristic Vaduz.Heading for Gafadurahutte where a 20CHF bunk bed has been reserved for me by the Vaduz tourist office.

There are 2 ways to reach Gafadura-Hutte.the hard but really worth it one up by Furstenteig or in the valley down by the Furstenweg and Planken.

Highest point in the Liechtenstein principality is 2599m.Lowest 430m.

Lots of informations about the principality are displayed on the castle way (schlossweg)

Current prince Hans Adam 2 is the 13th reigning prince of Liechtenstein.

1:30pm 576m Schloss Vaduz.Gaflei marked 2h45

2:20pm 847m Ruine Wildschloss

3:35pm 1483m Gaflei.Sucka marked 1h.Planken marked 4h30

4:30pm 1856m Gafleisattel

5:15pm 2070m Rover Schaan cross

5:35pm 2105m Garsellakopf.Nice ridge hike up here..one more cross to go

6:05pm 2052m Drei Schwestern. View on Frastanz Austria

On the very steep way down from Drei Schwestern,there are 2 ladders and a safety line to help.there is a way around this spot to avoid the ladders

6:45pm 1630m Prafazei.Gafadura-Hutte marked 30mins.Feldkirch marked 3h

7:10pm 1428m Gafadura-Hutte

Supposed to be a transition day..turned out to be a hard one but good one on a narrow trail in the rocks from Furstensteig

Distance covered : 35,5km
Walking time : 8h35
Resting time : 3h15
Altitude : 1428m
Date : saturday 20th july 2013
Weather : sunny & hot,cloudy late afternoon

9:30pm 2swiss girls (selma & serena hiking for the week end) speaking french help me out to translated and videotaped Hans 75years old man telling stories. Hans is taking care of the veals in the nearby alpage

This Via Alpina day was on stage C2 and R56 from Furstenteig


Sargans castle


Sargans view


Vaduz castle


On the way up to Furstensteig






Gadafura-Hutte Liechtenstein 1428m


Sunset at Gadafura-Hutte


Hans 75 drinking local cider & telling stories


Liechtenstein Vaduz-Feldkrich map

Day 39 : Elm – Sargans 19th July 2013

On the way up to Foopass at 6:05am

7:30am 1897m Raminer Matt.Bought last year Glarner alpkase from the farm.5CHF

8am 2223m Foopass.Can see Elm from Foopass.Foo stofeli marked 45mins.Sargans marked 5h15

9am 1882m Alp Foo.Vorsiez marked 2h20.Weisstannen marked 3h25

The friendly farmer at Alp Foo have some instant coffee,sugar and hot water tank offering to passing  travellers.
There is also a natural small pool nearby at Alp Foo

10:40am 1176m Vorsiez.Weisstannen marked 1h10

11:30am 1003m Weisstannen.Sargans marked 4h

1pm leaving Weisstannen after lunch break.28CHF for an average meal + drinks..

Out of Weisstannen.3possibilities to go down Sargans.GPX file goes by the left, via alpina markers goes by the right or follow the road.

1:35pm 906m Schwendi.GPX & trail markers back together on the road.Sargans marked 3h

2:50pm 914m Guetli.after long flat,up & down walk. First view of Sargans,Rhine river and Liechtenstein on the way.Sargans marked 1h35

4pm 497m passed by a cherry tree in Mels.Just picked up dessert for tonight dinner.Sargans marked 40mins

4:20pm entered Sargans

6pm light rain started.Pitched the tent on a hill surrounded by small trees nearby Sargans castle.Left my bacpack in,going down in town to charge the electronics…

Distance covered : 36,2km
Walking time : 7h45
Resting time : 4h05
Altitude : 555m
Date : friday 19th July 2013
Weather : hot & sunny until 5:30pm when the light rain came

The friendly bakery owner down the hill accepted to keep & charge the electronics overnight…


Waterfall on the way up to Foopass


Foopass panorama


Another Foopass panorama


On the way down to Weisstannen


Weisstannen house


Mels,Sargan, Rhine river & Liechtenstein first view


Chapel in Mels