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Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass

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  • Schmaler Wanderweg über den Arvigrat
    / Schmaler Wanderweg über den Arvigrat
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / To the middle station with the funicular Stanserhorn
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / CabriO-Bahn, the world's first cable car with an open upper deck, mid station - Stanserhorn
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Ächerlipass
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Hiking on the Arvigrat, with a view of Lake Lucerne
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Signpost on the Arvigrat
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Arvigrat with view of Lake Sarnen
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Arvigrat with view towards Gräfimattstand
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Gräfimattstand
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Rock outcrop Wagenleis (Charren)
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Alpacas on the ridge - the protectors of the sheep herd
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Cows on the alpine meadow, near Storeggpass
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
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Stanserhorn – Ächerlipass - Arvigrad - Gräfimattnollen - Schluchberg - Storeggpass
difficult
Distance 12.7 km
5:10 h
905 m
1,036 m
To get to the start of the tour, we take the vintage funicular train and CabriO aerial cableway from Stans up the Stanserhorn. High up at around alt. 1900 m we can see almost the whole of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains.

We go left on the summit circular path. The well-secured descent via Chrinnen to the Ächerlipass follows. This can be reached in around an hour. At Holzwang it's worth making a detour to the eponymous chapel. Then we tackle the ascent heading towards the Arvigrat. The view into the Engelberg and Sarneraa valleys is impressive. After a short descent, we continue on the Gräfimattgrat towards Laucheren. From here the view opens up into the Melch valley. A steep zigzag path leads up to the Schluchberg. The upper section is somewhat exposed. Part of it is secured with a rope as a handrail. This is followed by the key section of this leg, the Wagenleis (Charren) rocky outcrop. The small climbing section is also secured with a rope. We follow the ridge across alp pastures. With a bit of luck we might see alpacas here, which protect the flocks of sheep. After an easy descent we reach the Storeggpass.

Author’s recommendation

The quickest way back to Stans is by taking the Rugisbalm and Mettlen aerial cableways with their little cabins down to the valley floor. From there it's a 20 minute or so walk to Grafenort railway station. Alternatively, you can rent Nextbikes at the cableway terminus, if available. The tour is also possible in the opposite direction.
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Update: September 06, 2021
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Highest point
2,088 m
Lowest point
1,395 m
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Safety information

The key passage is the  Wagenleis (Charren) rocky outcrop. The short climbing section is secured with a rope. Snowfields are may be encountered on high sections until the summer months.

Tips and hints

Tourism information:

Nidwalden Tourism
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 (0)41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
www.nidwalden.com 

Other tours at nidwalden.com/hiking

Start

Stans (1,853 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'668'831E 1'198'082N
DD
46.930273, 8.342471
DMS
46°55'49.0"N 8°20'32.9"E
UTM
32T 449946 5197625
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Destination

Storeggpass

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'668'831E 1'198'082N
DD
46.930273, 8.342471
DMS
46°55'49.0"N 8°20'32.9"E
UTM
32T 449946 5197625
w3w 
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
5:10 h
Ascent
905 m
Descent
1,036 m
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