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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 5

Tell Trail stage 5: Stans-Engelberg

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  • Felspassage Wagenleis
    / Felspassage Wagenleis
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / auf dem Gräfimattstand
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Felspassage Wagenleis
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
  • / Gratwanderung Schluchberg
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / auf dem Gräfimattstand
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Der Weg führt am Lutersee vorbei
    Photo: Caroline Pirskanen, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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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.
difficult
Distance 25.1 km
9:55 h
1,501 m
2,375 m
2,159 m
995 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

Author’s recommendation

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. 
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Author
Laila Bosco
Update: July 15, 2021
Difficulty
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Technique
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Highest point
2,159 m
Lowest point
995 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Untertrübsee

Safety information

T3: demanding mountain hiking. 

 

• Good surefootedness

• Average navigation skills

• Elementary alpine experience

The key Schluchberg/Wagenleis section is made safe with thick ropes.

Tips and hints

This stage is part of the long-distance Tell Trail, which runs through the whole of Central Switzerland in eight stages.

 

Further information on the Tell Trail: www.luzern.com/telltrail

Start

Lower terminus of the Stanserhorn aerial cableway (452 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'670'391E 1'201'218N
DD
46.958309, 8.363444
DMS
46°57'29.9"N 8°21'48.4"E
UTM
32T 451567 5200727
w3w 
///muted.decanter.proved

Destination

Engelberg village

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Note

Wildlife refuge Arvigrad-Dürrenboden: December 15 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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.

Getting there

By car, take the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Nord.  There are various parking facilities available in the village of Stans. 

Parking

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.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'670'391E 1'201'218N
DD
46.958309, 8.363444
DMS
46°57'29.9"N 8°21'48.4"E
UTM
32T 451567 5200727
w3w 
///muted.decanter.proved
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear.

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
25.1 km
Duration
9:55 h
Ascent
1,501 m
Descent
2,375 m
Highest point
2,159 m
Lowest point
995 m
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