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Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg

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Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus Explorers Choice 
  • Aaschlucht Wanderung
    / Aaschlucht Wanderung
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  • / oberhalb Lutersee
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  • / Lutersee
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  • /
    Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
  • / Unterhalb Lutersee
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  • / Unterhalb Lutersee
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A great and varied day tour. The way down along the Aaschlucht is easy to do. The way from Rugisbalm back to Engelberg, on the other hand, is demanding. 
difficult
Distance 16.9 km
6:25 h
1,221 m
1,228 m
1,750 m
592 m

From Engelberg you first hike through the wild and romantic Aa gorge down into the valley. From Grafenort there is a short descent to the Buiräbähnli Mettlen-Rugisbalm-Lutersee, which will take you comfortably to the top. From Rugisbalm you go to the idyllic Lutersee and then through meadows and forests back to Engelberg. The hike can also be done the other way round. 

 

Author’s recommendation

Those who do not like to walk downhill can also do the hiking route in reverse. The panorama is more special with start from Aa gorge. 
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Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus 
Update: June 08, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Landscape
Highest point
1,750 m
Lowest point
592 m
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Tips and hints

It is also possible to do only the Engelberg Aa gorge trail or the 1st stage of the Buiräbänhli Safari. This is a combined route of these two hikes.

Engelberg Aa gorge trail

Buiräbähnli Safari Hike

All hiking trails in and around Engelberg

Start

Lake Eugeni Engelberg (991 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'672'353E 1'185'850N
DD
46.819871, 8.386781
DMS
46°49'11.5"N 8°23'12.4"E
UTM
32T 453223 5185329
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Destination

Lake Eugeni Engelberg

Turn-by-turn directions

The path from Engelberg down along the Aaschlucht is easy to master. Along the entire Aaschlucht, various picnic areas invite you to take a rest. Arrived in Grafenort, you take the 1st Buiräbähnli, which brings you from Mettlen to Ruggisbalm. Afterwards you take another Buiräbähnli up to Eggendössli. From there the more demanding hike to the Lutersee and back to Engelberg begins. Between the Lutersee and Engelberg you have the possibility to take a break at the Alp Zingel. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. Then with the Zentralbahn in 43 minutes through varied landscape and gorges up to Engelberg.

Getting there

By car, take the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Süd, then take the main road 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is 30 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Basel, Zurich or Bern. 

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee. 

Current parking situation 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'672'353E 1'185'850N
DD
46.819871, 8.386781
DMS
46°49'11.5"N 8°23'12.4"E
UTM
32T 453223 5185329
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

 Solid shoes and rain jacket are highly recommended.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.9 km
Duration
6:25 h
Ascent
1,221 m
Descent
1,228 m
Highest point
1,750 m
Lowest point
592 m
Out and back Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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