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SR1000
SR1000
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Jul 18, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Hello,

This forum has helped me a lot during my family vacation 3 years ago and I am hoping to get some help again.

This time I will be in Lucerne alone on a Business Trip and have 0.75 day to spare. I will be flying from India reaching Zuric early morning (6:15am) on Monday, August 5th . Hoping to checkin and refresh at the most by 11am at a hotel in Lucerne.

I am eager to climb Mt Pilatus via Aemsigen, but couple questions:

1. Can I start in the afternoon (around 12 noon) and still manage to get the gondola/cog rail on the way back? When is the last gondola/cog rail? I understand it takes about 5-6 hours.

2. Is it safe to go alone? I assume just like all the trails, this trail is also well marked.

3. If this is not feasible, any alternate trail/hike I can do? Have climbed Mt Rigi in the last trip.

Fitness Level: I have done few high altitude treks (up to 19300 ft) in the Himalayas including Everest Base Camp.

Hoping to get some good advice again.

Thanks

Steph
Steph
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Jul 18, 2019 - 1:14 PM in reply to SR1000

Hello SR1000,

Nice to hear you're making the most out of I business trip. I like the expression 0.75 days. :)

For input about the hike you mention use below link, providing information mainly in German, but routes, times, etc. are luckily international.
- www.bergwelten.com/t/w /25261

For general information about Mount Pilatus as well as to check the timetable for both cogwheel train and gondola see below links and the attached file.
- www.myswissalps.com/pi latus
- www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

It's always safer to hike in a group of at least two, but lots of people hike alone, so you'll be fine. What I recommend is such cases is to inform your hotel staff about your plans for the day, just in case!
www.myswissalps.com/hi king/preparation

See alternatives hikes in the Lucerne area here:
- www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne/activities, hikes are at the bottom of the page

Get back to us anytime for further support.

Best,
Steph

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SR1000
SR1000
49 posts
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Jul 18, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Thank you so much for quick response and information. Now I only hope the weather cooperates :)

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