Firstboden, CH

The starting point of this challenging hike is the village Elm. The steep 500 metre ascent to Tschinglenalp can then be either tackled on foot or comfortably overcome with the Tschinglen cable car.

Tschinglenalp then is the starting point for hikes to the Segnespass, Martin’s Hole and to the Firstboden where you can enjoy a nice view of the Tectonic Arena Sardona or the Tschinglen Gorge.


Wild haymaking is still practiced up here all the way up to the Firstboden. Waterfalls accompany you along the way, and several fireplaces invite you to barbecue and linger. After a rather steep ascent from Elm, one is rewarded with an overwhelming panorama on the Firstboden at 1750 metres above sea level.

From here you have a direct view of Martin’s Hole and the “magical line” of the Glarus Thrust on the Hausstock, Piz Sardona and all the way to the Foostock. Those who don’t want to take the train back down to the valley can hike through the imposing and wild Tschinglen gorge on the descent.

Getting there

By any means or by choice of public transport services: SBB Timetable, please click here.

The Country

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.

The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

The Weather

Here’s the weather for the capitol city. Go to Dark Sky and input any other destination of your choice to get a detailed weather prognosis. There’s also a weather time machine, providing you backcasts for the experienced past and forecasts for the predicted future.

Bern, Switzerland WEATHER

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