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Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Trail Bannalp

Snowshoeing · Nidwalden
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    Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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The Bannalp is a secret gem in the Engelberg Valley. The circular snowshoe trail offers a wonderful backdrop.
2.6 km
0:55 h
94 m
92 m

The journey up to the small Bannalp wintersports area begins in Oberrickenbach in the lower part of the Engelberg Valley. The «s’blaiä Bähnli» gondola will take you to the starting point of the circular snowshoe hike, which is an easy walk for anyone of average fitness. At the mountain station of the Fell–Chrüzhütte Bannalp cableway you will immediately notice the jagged profile of Bannalp’s famous landmark, the Bietstock. With your back to the prominent peak, you follow the snowshoe trail slightly downhill through the snowy woods to the Bannalp reservoir. Before you loom the peaks of Gross Walenstock and Klein Walenstock, towering majestically over the alpine meadow.

Looking down, you will see the frozen lake, covered in snow. This reservoir has provided the canton of Nidwalden with hydroelectricity since the 1930s. Next, you pass through sparse conifer woodland, with the Bannalp stream on your right, and the path climbs steadily but gently upwards to the Urnerstaffel mountain inn. Here, cold feet and hands can be thawed over a cup of hot tea before returning to the starting point via open terrain.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy snowshoeing by moonlight with raclette fun in the mountain guesthouse Urnerstaffel.

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Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus
Updated: October 25, 2019

Highest point
1718 m
Lowest point
1624 m
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Safety information

Please walk along the marked and secured snowshoe paths. The user is responsible for the proposed routes. If you are planning a different route, please refer to the avalanche bulletin, maps and weather forecast.

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Start

Bannalp mountain station (1715 m)
Coordinates:
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46.871685, 8.435249
DMS
46°52'18.1"N 8°26'06.9"E
UTM
32T 456961 5191059
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Destination

Bannalp mountain station

Turn-by-turn directions

Das Gebiet Wolfenschiessen - Bannalp erreichen Sie in ca. 15-20 in. per Auto oder mit dem öffentlichen Verkehr ab Engelberg oder ab Stans.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The Wolfenschiessen - Bannalp area can be reached in approx. 15-20 minutes by public transport from Engelberg or Stans.

Getting there

The Wolfenschiessen - Bannalp area can be reached in approx. 15-20 min. by car from Engelberg or from Stans.

Parking

Parking is possible at the Bannalp valley station.

Coordinates

DD
46.871685, 8.435249
DMS
46°52'18.1"N 8°26'06.9"E
UTM
32T 456961 5191059
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Snowshoes can be hired directly at the valley station. You must bring your own winter clothing, sturdy shoes and sun protection.

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Distance
2.6 km
Duration
0:55h
Ascent
94 m
Descent
92 m
Loop Refreshment stops available Insider tip

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