Apr 21, 2014 - 9:31 PM
in reply to olifac3
Your signature of "novice hikers/campers" makes me concerned about your attempt of this hike.
We have hiked the entire via Alpina from Sargans to Montreux. We are very experienced Alpine hikers with 16 treks in Switzerland and a home high in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.The section you have chosen is one of the most difficult as it takes you over the very highest passes on the APR: the Sefinenfurgge, Hohtürli, and Bunderchrinde.
Weather is an issue, certainly in June. It was August when we went over these passes and we had ALL of our heavy mountain weather gear on. Layers and layers of undersilks, fleece, vests, waterproof down jackets, waterproof pants, heavy hats and gloves. It was frigid. You are almost guaranteed to get snow in June. In fact, it will be unusual if these passes are passable at all during that time. Rain is always possible even at lower elevations so you must have very good water repellent garments and boots regardless of your route.
The second issue is the difficulty of these ascents/descents. They are very steep and exposed (i.e. steep drop offs) in places, also with some difficult and slippery footing even in perfect weather. The days are long and hard and there is no "bail out" point along the way. These passes are nothing that "novice" hikers should attempt in any weather.
The third issue is camping. In Switzerland, you just can't lay your sacks down anywhere and camp out. You must camp only in designated camping grounds. But it sounds like you may already be aware of this as you mention "campsites".
I don't want to be a downer but it's best you know what you are getting yourself into.