The fifth stage of the Tell Trail starts on the Stanserhorn. Then you hike along the newly opened ridge path over the Storegg pass to Engelberg.
Distance 25.1 km
Highest point2,159 m
Lowest point995 m
The CabriO open-deck / double-deck cable car takes you high up the Stanserhorn and opens up a panorama of the mountains of Central Switzerland. Soon, however, it's time to turn your back on the Pilatus and Lake Lucerne, because stage 5 is demanding. You follow the Nidwaldner Höhenweg (high-level trail) to the Storegg pass and continue past little Lake Luter, via Bocki and Lake Untertrüb to Engelberg.
The highlight of the route is the newly opened ridge walk between the Stanserhorn and Engelberg.
Walking time: approx. 10 hours | Distance: 25.1 km | Total elevation gain (including cable car): 1,501 m | Total elevation loss: 2,375 m
Due to the long distance, stage 5 is also worth tackling as a two-day tour. The TentCamp on the ridge in Alp Laucheren is probably one of the most impressive places to for a stop-over on the entire Tell Trail.
Lower terminus of the Stanserhorn aerial cableway (452 m)
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You start off with a world record-breaking cable car ride: the double-deck CabriO cable car with its open upper deck whisks you from Stans up the Stanserhorn for a spectacular panorama of the mountains of Central Switzerland. Soon, however, it's time to turn your back on the Pilatus and Lake Lucerne, because stage 5 is demanding. After the descent to the Ächerli pass, the ascent to the Arvigrat at alt. 2000 m follows. The panoramic views of the Engelberg and Sarnen valleys and distant Alps are magnificent.
After this vista, the real highlight of stage 5 follows. You follow the Gräfimattgrad in the direction of Schluchberg and reach the key passage. The rock passage Wagenleis is made safe with thick ropes to hold on to. However, surefootedness and a head for heights are still a prerequisite. The hike continues over the Schluchigrat to the Storegg pass. Nearby Lake Luter is a tempting place for a break and gives you renewed strength for the last steep ascent to the Bocki. From the highest point of the hike at alt. 2155 m, it's downhill all the way, past the Haltenhütte refuge and the Lake Untertrüb alp dairy. Stage 5 ends in the village of Engelberg.
Wildlife refuge Arvigrad-Dürrenboden: December 15 - April 30
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National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. From Lucerne you take the Zentralbahn to Stans. The valley station of the Stanserhorn cable car is only a five-minute walk from the station.
By car, take the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Nord. There are various parking facilities available in the village of Stans.
There are various parking facilities available in the village of Stans. There are also parking spaces at the valley station of the Stanserhorn cable car.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Basic Equipment for Hiking
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Kit para bolhas
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
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.