1 Via Alpina
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Via Alpina

Stage 8, Engelberg–Engstlenalp

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Via Alpina

The trail leads over two rises to the scenic Trübsee lake at the foot of the Titlis and on over the Jochpass into the Bernese Oberland. The goal is Engstlenalp, an idyllic hotspot with lake, nostalgic hotel and thousands of Alpine roses.
The first part of this stage packs a punch: a strenuous and steep ascent to the Trübsee lake. Fortunately, the route runs mainly through the forest, which will help hikers keep cool. If that’s not enough, they can try taking a plunge in the turquoise mountain lake. At just nine metres deep, it warms to a comfortable bathing temperature in summer.

The next ascent soon follows: on the way to the Joch Pass at 2,222 m above sea level, chamois, marmots and even ibexes are quite a common sight. Also in view is the Titlis, Engelberg’s local mountain. Its summit region is covered by a glacier, one of the smaller examples in the Alps at 1.7km². Like most Alpine glaciers, the Titlis glacier is severely affected by shrinkage due to global warming.

At the Joch Pass, the route crosses the border into the canton of Bern. The day’s destination can already be seen from up here: Engstlenalp, a place of power with countless Alpine roses and a nostalgic hotel by the lake. After following the natural path on the right-hand side of the mountain, we descend along a former mule track to the clear mountain lake and see the peaks around Engstlenalp reflected in its surface. The lake lies at the foot of the glaciated Titlis, surrounded by diverse flora and ancient Swiss stone pines that populate the north shore amid the hilly moraine landscape. Because of its location, the site was declared a nature conservation area in 1973.
The trail leads over two rises to the scenic Trübsee lake at the foot of the Titlis and on over the Jochpass into the Bernese Oberland. The goal is Engstlenalp, an idyllic hotspot with lake, nostalgic hotel and thousands of Alpine roses.
The first part of this stage packs a punch: a strenuous and steep ascent to the Trübsee lake. Fortunately, the route runs mainly through the forest, which will help hikers keep cool. If that’s not enough, they can try taking a plunge in the turquoise mountain lake. At just nine metres deep, it warms to a comfortable bathing temperature in summer.

The next ascent soon follows: on the way to the Joch Pass at 2,222 m above sea level, chamois, marmots and even ibexes are quite a common sight. Also in view is the Titlis, Engelberg’s local mountain. Its summit region is covered by a glacier, one of the smaller examples in the Alps at 1.7km². Like most Alpine glaciers, the Titlis glacier is severely affected by shrinkage due to global warming.

At the Joch Pass, the route crosses the border into the canton of Bern. The day’s destination can already be seen from up here: Engstlenalp, a place of power with countless Alpine roses and a nostalgic hotel by the lake. After following the natural path on the right-hand side of the mountain, we descend along a former mule track to the clear mountain lake and see the peaks around Engstlenalp reflected in its surface. The lake lies at the foot of the glaciated Titlis, surrounded by diverse flora and ancient Swiss stone pines that populate the north shore amid the hilly moraine landscape. Because of its location, the site was declared a nature conservation area in 1973.
12 km
1300 m | 440 m
5 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Engelberg
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Season

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

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Ascent Jochpass
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Ascent Jochpass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Engstlensee–Jochpass
or
Jochpass–Engstlensee
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 350m.
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Ascent Trübsee
207
Ascent Trübsee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Engelberg (Talstation Titlis)–Trübsee
or
Trübsee–Engelberg (Talstation Titlis)
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 700m.
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Ascent Jochpass
208
Ascent Jochpass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Trübsee (Jochpass)–Jochpass
or
Jochpass–Trübsee (Jochpass)
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 600m.
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Engstlenalp
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Contact

Gestione della segnaletica
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Associati
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Monbijoustrasse 61
3000 Bern 23

Services

Accommodation

Berglodge Ristis
Berglodge Ristis
Engelberg
Hotel Crystal Engelberg
Hotel Crystal Engelberg
Engelberg
Jugendherberge Engelberg
Jugendherberge Engelberg
Engelberg
Bärghuis Jochpass
Bärghuis Jochpass
Engelberg
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Linthal - Meiringen
1 Via Alpina: Linthal - Meiringen
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Places

Engelberg - Titlis
Engelberg - Titlis
Engstlenalp
Engstlenalp
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Places of interest

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