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Obwalden / Nidwalden / Bern

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C8 Engelberg » Meiringen
  |   12h23   |   29 km   |   1704 m   |   2107 m

Leave Engelberg on a steep southward climb to the Gerschnialp. The mountain trail leads past the Trüebsee lake to the Joch pass and Bärghuis Jochpass where is an ideal place for a stopover for lunch or coffee/dessert. This section can also be covered using aerial cable cars. From the pass, continue down to the Engstlenalp. After a short ascent reach the Tannalp where the showcase cheese dairy, hotel and mountain lake invite to linger on. Then the trail leads on a ridge to the Balmeregghorn mountain and further to Planplatten, with a fantastic view on the Bernese Alps. From there, the descent to Meiringen can be shortened using the lifts.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1002 m
| D  2 km / 1h00
1255 m
| D  2.1 km / 1h30
1787 m
| D  0.8 km / 0h10
1769 m
| D  1.6 km / 1h10
2204 m
| D  3.5 km / 1h10
1836 m
| D  2.5 km / 0h55
1973 m
| D  4.2 km / 1h35
2228 m
| D  2.9 km / 1h18
2211 m
| D  6.3 km / 2h20
1057 m
| D  3.1 km / 1h15
599 m
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  • Eric db - 2022-09-14
    Au sud-est de Meiringen, près de la piscine, la Simons Herberge est une possibilté d'hébergement assez économique, toujours en activité en 2022. Contact: 00 41 (0) 33 971 17 15
  • Arturo Ciórraga - 2020-08-10
    La etapa es demasiado larga, y es necesario partirla. Una buena opción es hacer noche en Tannalp. Buen albergue, restaurante y próximo al lago. También opción de acampada libre.
    La ruta entre Tannalp y Meiringen tiene un bonito tramo a través de la cresta de la montaña.
    Es una lástima que en algunos tramos el sendero antiguo está absolutamente destrozado por las rodadas y erosión de las bicicletas, y se ha sustituido por una insípida pista de grava.
  • Andreas W. - 2019-08-06
    Schöne 2 Tageswanderung mit Übernachtung auf der Tannalp. Nach 5 Jahren jetzt endlich den Abschnitt Vaduz - Adelboden abgeschlossen =) ... Empfehlung: Übernachtung im Berggasthaus Tannalp, tolles Essen und super Gastgeber!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Nice 2-day hike with overnight stay on the Tannalp. After 5 years now finally the section Vaduz - Adelboden completed =) ... Recommendation: Overnight stay in the mountain inn Tannalp, great food and great hosts!
  • tof - 2015-01-18
    - le 28/8/14
    Une étape encore très longue.
    A Engelberg, auberge de jeunesse (Berghaus familienherberge). 39 CHF (nuit et petit déjeuner obligatoire, dommage!). Toutes commodités à Engelberg.
    Passage du Jochpass et depuis le Engstlensee vue sur les glaciers des prochaines étapes. Passage au second lac, Tannensee. Présence d'un fuerstelle au bord du chemin.
    Bivouac au-dessus du lac, à 5 minutes, en zone plutôt humide!

    - Le 29/8/14
    Départ pour Meiringen. Passage à Planplatten. Le chemin continue en crête sud-ouest puis descend ouest. A partir de Undere Stafel, ferme d'alpage pour ravitaillement (prix du fromage 23 CHF). A Meiringen, toutes commodités. Nuit au camping Balmweid, Balmweidstrasse 22. Douche non payante. Très bon accueil en ce qui nous concerne.

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    Trieste-Monaco - the 28/08/14 A very long stage again. In Engelberg, youth hostel (Berghaus Familienherberge). 39 CHF (small night compulsory breakfast, shame!). All amenities Engelberg. Passage Jochpass and from the view of the glaciers Engstlensee next steps. Passage to the second lake, Tannen. Presence of fuerstelle the wayside. Bivouac above the lake, 5 minutes, rather wet area! - The Departure 08.29.14 Meiringen. Planplatten passage. The path continues south-west ridge and then down west. From Undere Stafel, farm pasture for refueling (cheese prices 23 CHF). A Meiringen, all amenities. Overnight camping Balmweid, Balmweidstrasse 22. Shower not pay. Very welcome in regard us.
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-29
    Monaco - Trieste
    Meiringen - Planplatten 4h.A skier cabin brings up the tourists up there
    Planplatten - Tannenalp about 2h flat,slightly up & down
    Tannenalp - Jochpass another 2hours, another ski lift is operating from Engstlenalp to Jochpass
    From Jochpass restaurant, Engelberg is marked 3h. another cabin operating Trubsee - Engelberg.
  • Dom Lalot - 2013-09-01
    A Reuti, on peut faire les courses et aller au camping qui est plein nord à 1,5km à Goldern. Dans le sens vers Trieste, c'est une bonne solution, pour alléger l'étape suivante.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    A Reuti, you can go shopping and go to the site which is due north 1.5 km Goldern. In the direction towards Trieste, it is a good solution to alleviate the next step.
  • Andrew - 2012-09-29
    Be careful on which direction you go if you are following the sign at Balmeregghorn. We were there last week and the bolt at the bottom was loose causing the sign to freely swing and give wrong directions depending on the direction of wind.

    I tried to tighten it down by hand with it in the right direction but it probably wont last long.

    If you're up there before its fixed, just point the blue sign toward the blue trail, and you'll get the correct heading.
  • Via Alpina International Secretariat - 2012-06-28
    The information has now been updated in accordance to the markings and the guidebook. The trail now runs along a magnificent ridge rather than at the bottom of the valley, and there are more opportunities for shortcuts using lifts.
  • joan - 2011-09-22
    In Meringen, one of the best and cheapest lodge of the whole Via Alpina in Switzerland, Simons Herberge: Half board on a single room, 57 Sf. Or half board on a dortoir, 48 Sf. (September 2011)
  • Holle - 2011-09-15
    richtig, ich kam aus Engelberg und die Beschilderung führte ab der Engstlenalp über den Tannse, Balmeregghorn ... nach Meiringen.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    correctly, I came out of Engelberg and the signs leading from the Engstlenalp the Tannse, Balmeregghorn ... to Meiringen.
  • mcccliv - 2011-01-12
    Route continues on ViaSbrinz #40, instead of Via Alpina #1 after Schwarzental. Stayed overnight in Brienz hostel
  • Diem - 2009-08-25
    Andere Wegführung: Die neue Karte 1:25.000 und die Beschilderung vor Ort führen von Meiringen über die Baumgarten Alp 1702 m zur Engstlenalp.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Other routing: The new map 1:25.000 and the local signpost lead from Meiringen over the Baumgarten Alp 1702 m to Engstlenalp.
Last update : 2019-12-19