The via ferrata to the Graustock (2661 m) allows direct ascent of the mountain over an exposed ridge with breathtaking deep views of its north face and Engelberg.
Distance 5.2 km
Highest point2,659 m
Lowest point2,202 m
The via ferrata on the Graustock (2661 m) offers us a mix of mountain path and the overcoming of the partly steep and exposed rocky upturns. Breathtaking views into the 700 m high north face of the Graustock and into the Engelberg valley await us. From the summit we enjoy a magnificent panorama over the peaks Titlis, Spannort, Rigi, Mittelland and Pilatus and the Bernese peaks "Wetterhörner, Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn". In early summer, large snow cornices can still protrude over the ridge, also snow bridges over the karst areas can collapse when stepped on. So caution is advised in these places! Orientation is easy in good visibility, but in poor visibility the descent can be a challenge. The ridge is exposed on the southeast side. Pay special attention to the weather forecast, as the entire tour is very exposed and offers no exit possibility.
The via ferrata is only suitable for very experienced climbers! Surefootedness and a head for heights are a prerequisite. It is recommended to check the current weather forecast for the destination region.
We take the Engelberg-Trübsee gondola lift first to the Trübsee station, then the chairlift further up to the Jochpass (2207 m).
From the Jochpass, a signpost directs us to the white-blue-white marked trail. We follow the southeast ridge of the Graustock to the first upswing (20 vertical meters).the wire rope leads us to the point Rot Nollen (2309 m, Swisstopo, A/B). The marked path leads us to the second rocky upswing (60 vertical meters). We continue steeply over grass and rock and along the wire ropes to the Schafberg (2522 m). From here the marked path leads over stone slabs and scree to the steepest upswing on the ridge. Slightly to the left of the main ridge, the route leads us up an approximately 80 m high pillar (C/D) with the help of steps and treads and to the next high saddle. We follow the trail until we get back to the ridge proper and follow it up with the help of wire ropes to the summit at 2661m.
From the summit we follow the wire ropes back along our ascent route to the marked junction. Here we turn to the right and descend southwards step by step into the Schaftal. We always follow the white-blue-white markings until our path meets the white-red-white marked hiking trail at point 2324 m (Swisstopo), which leads us back to the left to the Jochpass.
all notes on protected areas
National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. Then with the Zentralbahn in 43 minutes through a varied landscape up to Engelberg. Once in Engelberg, you can take the bus to the TITLIS cableway or walk for about 10 minutes.
By car, take the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Süd, then take the main road 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is 30 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Basel, Zurich or Bern.
Parking spaces are available for a fee in Engelberg and at the TITLIS cableway.