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Walenstock peaks circular hike

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  • Rugghubelhütte SAC
    / Rugghubelhütte SAC
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Hiking group, on the way towards Rot Grätli
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Hiking group on the way towards the snow field
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Hiking group on the way on the snow field, behind the Rot Grätli
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Bannalper Schonegg with view towards lake Bannalpsee
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Lake Bannalp
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Lake Härzli next to the Brunnihütte SAC
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Ristis – Rigidal – Rugghubel – Rot Grättli – Bannalper Schonegg – Bannalp - Ristis
moderate
24.5 km
9:10 h
1,570 m
1,569 m
An impressive hike around the 7 Walenstock peaks in a tranquil, protected mountainous terrain. It starts and ends in Ristis.

Author’s recommendation

The hike can alternatively be done as a leisurely two-day tour. The following five accommodation options are available along the way:

- Berglodge Restaurant Ristis
- Brunnihütte SAC
- Rugghubelhütte SAC
- Berggasthaus Urnerstaffel
- Berggasthaus Bannalpsee

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Author
Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: February 19, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Highest point
2,559 m
Lowest point
1,593 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The Walenstöcke circular hike is demanding. Sturdy footwear is essential due to the snow fields that lie behind the Rot Grätli, depending on the season. A very good level of fitness is required. July is the earliest it can be tackled, depending on the snow conditions.

Tips, hints and links

Tourism information:

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

Link: 
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nidwalden.com/hiking

Start

Ristis (1,594 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'673'888E 1'187'251N
DD
46.832305, 8.407112
DMS
46°49'56.3"N 8°24'25.6"E
UTM
32T 454784 5186699
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Destination

Ristis

Turn-by-turn directions

It takes about 30 minutes to reach the Älplerbeizli Rigidal alp restaurant. The ascent continues to the Rugghubelhütte refuge (alt. 2290 m) and up to the Rot Grätli (alt. 2559 m), the highest point of the tour. Behind the Rot Grätli there is still snow in some places in high summer. Continue over the Bannalper Schonegg (alt. 2250 m) down to the Urnerstafel at Lake Bannalp (alt. 1690 m). There follows the ascent to the Walegg (alt. 1951 m), then the descent to Walenalp (alt. 1675 m) and over the Stock or Rosenbold back to Ristis.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

SBB Timetable

Getting there

Route planner to Engelberg

Parking

A large parking area is available at the Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'673'888E 1'187'251N
DD
46.832305, 8.407112
DMS
46°49'56.3"N 8°24'25.6"E
UTM
32T 454784 5186699
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24.5 km
Duration
9:10 h
Ascent
1,570 m
Descent
1,569 m
Public-transport-friendly Loop Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available

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