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C7 Altdorf » Engelberg
  |   10h20   |   25.9 km   |   1812 m   |   1260 m

Leave Altdorf via the Reussebene plateau heading to Attinghausen and climb steeply up to Brüsti, or take the cable car. The ridge trail leads directly to the Surenen pass. From here, pass the Blackenalp on a gentle decline towards the valley. A walk along the right-hand side of the Engelberger Aa river takes you to Engelberg, the stage destination, with its famous Benedictine monastery.

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Name Services Information Marking
452 m
| B  0.3 km / 0h20
Altdorf Bahnhof
449 m
| B  1.4 km / 0h30
479 m
| D  3.9 km / 2h40
1526 m
| D  5.2 km / 2h50
2282 m
| D  3 km / 1h00
1775 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h30
1608 m
| D  1.8 km / 0h30
1411 m
| D  1.1 km / 0h20
1264 m
| D  2.9 km / 0h40
Talstation Fürenalpbahn
1083 m
| B  4.7 km / 1h00
1002 m
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  • Arturo Ciórraga - 2020-07-20
    Hay algo que no va bien en la medida de la longitud y desnivel de esta etapa. Según la organización suiza, son 30 km. y un desnivel positivo de 2.100 m. , no 26 km. y un desnivel positivo de 1.812 m.
    Pero incluso, aunque fueran 26 km. y un desnivel de 1.812 m, ¿realmente que necesidad hay de programar una etapa tan larga y dura, cuando hay opciones intermedias de alojamiento?
  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    Une des étapes les plus impressionnantes en Suisse. Passage du col de Surenen entièrement dans le brouillard, heureusement que j'avais un GPS, pas facile de suivre la trace sur la neige. La récompense, 200m après le col, c'est une petite cabane très bien entretenue et très accueillante où on peut déjeuner et bivouaquer.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    One of the most impressive stages in Switzerland. Passing the Surenen Pass entirely in the fog, fortunately I had a GPS, not easy to track on the snow. The reward, 200m after the pass, is a small cabin very well maintained and very welcoming where you can lunch and bivouac.
  • Peter Starling - 2017-12-20
    In altdorf, there's a fantastic beach area with plenty of fireplaces and free firewood. Absolutely worth going there for a swim and a BBQ if you have time, although it is quite a detour.

    The climb from Attinghausen can be done by lift. Not far from the lift station, you will find a stellar campsite with free firewood, water, toilet and a lovely view. We got hit by some pretty heavy rain here, which we rode out in the firewood storage shelter.

    The climb to Surenenpass is moderately strenuous. We got hit by a grueling rain storm while approaching the top of the pass, but luckily, there's a freely available cabin a few hundred meters from the top of the pass. It's right next to the trail, so you can't miss it.

    Come night, we pitched on a small piece of grass next to a river. Not a pleasant place to sleep.
  • TOF - 2015-01-18
    Trieste-Monaco les 24 et 25/8/14
    - 24/8/14
    Jonction à dominante routière sur Altdorf (toutes commodités). Puis montée assez raide (sans funiculaire) jusqu'à la station de Brusti.

    Superbe endroit de bivouac à Ruteli (sur la carte) sur le lieu d'un fuerstelle bien aménagé avec cabane pour toilettes. Inimaginable! Il est conseillé de laissez une pièce dans la caisse pour que dure cet aménagement de montagne!

    - 25/8/14
    Jour entier de pluie. Passage du Surenpass et descente très longue jusqu'à Engelberg. Ravitaillement à Blackenalp, froamage d'alpage le moins cher de mon voyage en Suisse: 16 CHF ! Accueil très sympa en prime. Déjeuner dans la chapelle en face (merci pour l'accès libre).
    Encore du chemin pour arriver dans la longue vallée platte d'Engelberg. A vorder stafel possibilité de prendre la navette (gratuite) pour joindre Engelberg. Ouf!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 24 and 08/25/14 to 08/24/14 at Junction Road dominant in Altdorf (all facilities). Then steep climb (without cable car) to the Brusti station. Great place to bivouac Rüteli (on the map) at the site of a well-appointed cabin with fuerstelle toilet. Unimaginable! It is advisable to let a room in the box for this arrangement lasts mountain! - 08.25.14 All day rain. Passage of Surenpass and very long descent to Engelberg. Provisions at Blackenalp, the cheapest alpine froamage my trip to Switzerland: 16 CHF! Very friendly welcome bonus. Lunch in the opposite chapel (thank you for the free access). Long way to arrive in the long Platte Valley Engelberg. A vorder Stafel opportunity to take the shuttle bus (free) to join Engelberg. Phew!
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-29
    Out of Engelberg by the cable car station Fürenalpbahn there are free choped wood and BBQ area by a water stream.
    Stafeli is a great option to stay indoor at the farm. The chapel at Blackenalp is open.
    At Surenenpass there is an opened comfortable wood shelter called Schutzhutte
    Talstation Fürenalpbahn - Schutzhutte/Surenenpass about 3h
    From Surenenpass down to Altdorf there are 2 ways to go down..went off the via alpina and followed water stream
    Surenenpass - Attinghausen is marked 3h35
  • Dm Lalot - 2013-09-01
    Suite au mauvais temps, j'ai passé deux nuits à l'auberge de jeunesse que je recommande. Compter 39Fr la nuit et petit déjeuner + 14Fr pour le repas. Elle est au nord de la ville.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Following the bad weather, I spent two nights at the hostel I recommend. After night and 39GB 14GB breakfast for dinner. It is north of the city.
  • joan - 2011-09-22
    Very good people at the Hotel Krone in Attinghaussen. They did opened their dortoir only for myself on their day off. And they had very good prices too, on August 2011: Dortoir with shower and breakfast, 30 Sf. Or half board for 59 Sf.
  • mcccliv - 2011-03-11
    Here is a detailed trip report from my trip in October 2010:

    It includes route overview, description, GPX track, lodging, packing list, and references.
  • mcccliv - 2011-01-12
    Warming hut 300m west of Surenen pass. Completed hike on 30sep2010 in waist-deep snow. Prepare accordingly.
  • Diem - 2010-07-16
    Die Gehzeiten von Diem - 25.08.09 gelten nur für die Gegenrichtung: Engelberg - Altdorf.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The walking time of Diem - 08/25/09 apply only to the opposite direction: Engelberg - Altdorf.
  • Diem - 2009-08-25
    Gehzeiten nach Wegweiser: Aufstieg 5h10, Abstieg 3h50.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Time required to sign: 5:10 ascent, descent 3:50.
Last update : 2019-12-19