This trek in the Gotthard massif will take hikers to the four sources of the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone rivers. Mountain shelters directly along the route and hotels in nearby villages can be used for overnight accommodation.
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The Four Headwaters Trail is an Alpine hiking trail around 85 kilometres in length. Over the course of its five daily stages, hikers will discover not only the sources of four important rivers, but also clear blue mountain lakes, gushing streams and rocky transitions to other valleys. You will walk across wide plains with mossy areas as well as green Alpine pastures with grazing cows. Depending on the time of year, the diversity of flowers around Lake Toma and the colourful larch forests in the Val Bedretto will be inspirational. Along your hike, it isn't only the landscapes that will change, but also the languages. You'll be ordering your first coffee on the Oberalp Pass in German but, a little while later, you'll be greeted with a Romansh "Bien di" in the Maighels mountain shelter. If you then hike over the Lucendro Pass, you will find yourself in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland: Benvenuti in Ticino. The tour concludes in the canton of Valais where a final climb up to the Belvedere crag on the Furka Pass awaits hikers. The view of the Rhone Glacier is the final highlight of this trek.