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The Altmann is a mountain in the Appenzell Alps, located on the border between the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and St. Gallen. It is situated in the massif of the Alpstein north of Wildhaus (St. Gallen), a few kilometres from the Säntis.

The Altmann is a steep limestone tower, which rises about 1000 metres over the valleys of the Alpstein. The normal route starts at Rotsteinpass (2,120 metres) on the north-west side and is considered an easy climb.


Fastest hike would be from Wildhaus in about 2.5 hours, via the Chreialp and Zwinglipass.

Easier would be to do take the cable way from the Schwägalp up to the Säntis and hike over the Rotsteinpass to the Altmann. Most of the climbs on the south face, so don't follow the path to the summit. Instead follow the signs to the Zwinglipass until you reach the bottom of the 'Westgrat'.

Where to stay

  • Rotsteinpass Hütte
  • Zwinglipass Hütte

Ethic inherited from Alpstein

Sport climbs are very well protected but the historic multi pitch routes are sometime strange bolted and you have to take long run outs. Generally it is a good advice to bring some gear to improve protection where necessary.

New routes should be discussed with local authorities and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) before hand. Especially if routes may distract animals and destroy vegetation.


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