88 Nidwaldner Höhenweg
88 Nidwaldner Höhenweg
88 Nidwalder Höhenweg
88 Nidwalder Höhenweg

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Nidwaldner Höhenweg

Stage 3, Melchsee-Frutt–Engelberg

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Nidwaldner Höhenweg

Past four wonderful mountain lakes and over the Jochpass to the monastery village of Engelberg. The nearby imposing mountain world of the Hochstollen, Glogghuis and Titlis bids you welcome. The long descent to Engelberg can be shortened with the aerial cableway.
Stöckalp is situated in the Melchtal Valley where the gondola leaves for the Melchsee-Frutt holiday and ski resort. The family-friendly village, featuring playgrounds, grilling places and the “Frutt Train”, is located directly on Melchsee Lake, a great place to catch trout and char in the summer. The small Melchsee chapel on the north-eastern shore is a favourite subject for photographers. The next lake on this route is Tannensee (fir lake) below Bonistock. And while it should be obvious from the name - there isn’t a single fir tree in sight. But there are plenty of cows spending the summer on the alp. The path around the reservoir leads to Tannalp. This is where the family-friendly paths end and the more difficult mountain trails begin.

The section leading to Engstlenalp, located in the Canton Bern, offers fantastic views. The area is under nature protection. A scattering of alpine buildings, cows, the mountain backdrop with the glaciers on Mt. Titlis and a wide variety of Alpine flora together create a picture-perfect sight. There is even a hotel on the alp at the end of Gental Valley, the starting point of a number of mountain tours. The trail meanders past the lake and up to Jochpass. The region’s highest mountain, nearby Mt. Titlis, is in view when the weather is clear, as are the Bernese Alps in the other direction.

From here the trail is steep at times and leads down to Trübsee, where a playground and boat rentals are available. Passing the lake and later the Wäschplatten Hut, the path gets steeper again. Every so often it changes to a wider gravel road. At Unter Trübsee you will see the prominent peak of Gross Spannort in the distance. After Trübsee Boden the trail briefly dips into the forest. Back on a gravel road the tour ends in Engelberg. The Benedictine monastery and the remaining buildings from the Belle Époque lend a distinctive charm to the quaint mountain village.
Past four wonderful mountain lakes and over the Jochpass to the monastery village of Engelberg. The nearby imposing mountain world of the Hochstollen, Glogghuis and Titlis bids you welcome. The long descent to Engelberg can be shortened with the aerial cableway.
Stöckalp is situated in the Melchtal Valley where the gondola leaves for the Melchsee-Frutt holiday and ski resort. The family-friendly village, featuring playgrounds, grilling places and the “Frutt Train”, is located directly on Melchsee Lake, a great place to catch trout and char in the summer. The small Melchsee chapel on the north-eastern shore is a favourite subject for photographers. The next lake on this route is Tannensee (fir lake) below Bonistock. And while it should be obvious from the name - there isn’t a single fir tree in sight. But there are plenty of cows spending the summer on the alp. The path around the reservoir leads to Tannalp. This is where the family-friendly paths end and the more difficult mountain trails begin.

The section leading to Engstlenalp, located in the Canton Bern, offers fantastic views. The area is under nature protection. A scattering of alpine buildings, cows, the mountain backdrop with the glaciers on Mt. Titlis and a wide variety of Alpine flora together create a picture-perfect sight. There is even a hotel on the alp at the end of Gental Valley, the starting point of a number of mountain tours. The trail meanders past the lake and up to Jochpass. The region’s highest mountain, nearby Mt. Titlis, is in view when the weather is clear, as are the Bernese Alps in the other direction.

From here the trail is steep at times and leads down to Trübsee, where a playground and boat rentals are available. Passing the lake and later the Wäschplatten Hut, the path gets steeper again. Every so often it changes to a wider gravel road. At Unter Trübsee you will see the prominent peak of Gross Spannort in the distance. After Trübsee Boden the trail briefly dips into the forest. Back on a gravel road the tour ends in Engelberg. The Benedictine monastery and the remaining buildings from the Belle Époque lend a distinctive charm to the quaint mountain village.
21 km
640 m | 1550 m
6 h 20 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Melchsee-Frutt
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Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Engelberg
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Contact

Signpost management
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Services

Accommodation

Bärghuis Jochpass
Bärghuis Jochpass
Engelberg
Frutt Resort AG
Frutt Resort AG
Melchsee-Frutt
Jugendherberge Engelberg
Jugendherberge Engelberg
Engelberg
Hotel Bellevue-Terminus
Hotel Bellevue-Terminus
Engelberg
Hotel Crystal Engelberg
Hotel Crystal Engelberg
Engelberg
Berglodge Ristis
Berglodge Ristis
Engelberg
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Lötschberg Panorama Trails
Lötschberg Panorama Trails
88 Nidwaldner Höhenweg
88 Nidwaldner Höhenweg
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Places

Melchsee-Frutt
Melchsee-Frutt
Engstlenalp
Engstlenalp
Engelberg - Titlis
Engelberg - Titlis
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Places of interest

Jochpass Trail
Jochpass Trail
Trudy Trail
Trudy Trail
Hells Bells Trail
Hells Bells Trail
Benedictine Monastery Engelberg
Benedictine Monastery Engelberg
Cheese Factory
Cheese Factory
Folk Museum
Folk Museum
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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