Mountain hike to the Biferten cabin


A two days journey to the Biferten mountain cabin at 2485 metres.

During our summer holiday this year in Waltensburg (Swiss), we had the opportunity to stay the night in the Biferten mountain cabin at 2485 metres. A one day climb to the cabin, enjoy the mountains and the next day back to the hotel (Clarezia) in the village. A unforgettable experience!

We started from Alp Dado at 1832 metres and climbing East to Rubi Sura. It was a beautiful day with high temperatures.
From Rubi Sura we had a good view of the Val Frisal valley, lying down below us. The Val Frisal is a High Plain at 1900 metres above the village of Brigels.

Val Frisal valley - looking from Rubi Sura

Val Frisal valley – looking from Rubi Sura

Looking from Rubi Sura to the right we saw the tabletop mountain ‘Kistenstockli’ getting bigger.
We also had our first sight of the Biferten cabin.

Walking towards the Bifertencabin.

Walking towards the Biferten cabin.

As we got higher, the better view we got of the cabin. It looks if she was standing on a ridge.

Looking upwards to the Biferten cabin.

Looking upwards to the Biferten cabin.

Around lunch time we arrived at the Biferten mountain cabin. First some time to relax and checking in for the night.
all in all, we were at the cabin with about 23 other people. The view and surrounding was amazing. So few people in this beautiful landscape. How I love the mountains!

The cabincrew sleeping shelter. In the back the Kistenstockli.

The cabin crew sleeping shelter. In the back the Kistenstockli.

This mountain cabin is open from early April to the end of October. There are about 24 beds to stay the night.
In front of the cabin you have a wonderful view. To the left a trail to the Kistenpass and Kistenpass cabin.
To the right, looking down towards the village of Brigels. See below the panorama picture I took.

Panoramview in front of the Bifertencabin (2482m)

Panoramview in front of the Bifertencabin (2482m)

Although a lot of rocks and stones at this height, I found some nice fields with alpin flowers and plants. The mountain in the back is Pix d’ Artgas, topping off at 2787 metres.

Alpin flora next to the cabin.

Alpin flora next to the cabin.

During the afternoon I had plenty of time to make the walk to the Kistenpass at 2640 metres. Going dieper into the mountains means lesser people. The surroundings were amazing. The beauty of nature. The quietness. I wise I could stay here for a few more days. From the Kistenpass I had a good view of the glaciers, although getting smaller every year due to global warming.

The Kistenpass at 2640m

The Kistenpass at 2640m

After a good evening meal and a very bad sleep during the night, I was more then happy to set off for the step climb to the top of the Kistenstockli. This table top shaped mountain next to the cabin rises to 2745 metres. Our goals was to get on top during sunrise. We started at 05:30h in the morning an arrived on top at 06:15h. The sunrise was amazing! The view, the quietness, to be one with nature. And of course the light. Finally some got light to take pictures.

Sunrise at the Kistenstockli (2745m)

Sunrise at the Kistenstockli (2745m)

On top of this mountain you feel one with the mountains. With a good view to the glaciers around you.

Sunrise at the Kistenstockli (2745m) - looking towards the Bifertenstock (3419m)

Sunrise at the Kistenstockli (2745m) – looking towards the Bifertenstock (3419m)

After breakfast we left to make the descent back to the village. We took a different path back. Walking around the Piz ‘d Artgas. Looking backwards we saw the Biferten cabin as a tiny spot, surrounded by the mountains. What a place to hike!

Looking back to the Bifertencabin (left) and the Kistenstockli (right).

Looking back to the Bifertencabin (left) and the Kistenstockli (right).

Descending down to Alp Dadens Sura, passing snowfields and mountain creeks, we arrived at the picknick site at the Val Ladral. The temperature has gone up to about 28c degrees making our way down. So the first thing we did when arriving at Val Ladral was to take a plunge in the creek with cold mountain water!

Thanks for reading.

Richard.