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Via Alpina Green Route C8: Engelberg to Meiringen



Starting off as a tough climb up to a fantastic lookout point and ending with a gentle descent.

Also in Bern, SwitzerlandNidwalden, Switzerland

Hiking Difficult

30 km
1.4 km
1.8 km
1 day +
Low Point
596 m
High Point
2.2 km
Via Alpina Green Route C8: Engelberg to Meiringen Map

This section of the Via Alpina starts with a tough climb out of the village Engelberg through woods and alpine meadows to Gerschnialp. Follow the mountain trail along a ridge past the glistening Trüebsee lake to Joch pass. Brace yourself for a steep and winding trail with many tight bends on the mountainside to Joch Pass. Catch your breath and take in the views of the Titlis glacier, the summits of Nollen, the Wendenstock and the Pfaffenhut, and not to forget the Engstlensee lake far below.


The pass then begins the descent down through blooming alpine meadows, pine forests, and down to the sparkly Engstlensee lake and Engstlenalp. Climb up a short way to the Tannen and Melchsee-Frutt high plateau and enjoy views over the Rosenlaui area, the Engelhörner mountains and the triumvirate of the Wetterhorn massif, as you pass from the Tennessee lake along a Balcony trail along a rocky mountain ridge, where the uneasiness you feel underfoot is made up for by the spectacularness of the views! The steep and very long climb down takes you across alpine meadows to Reuti, through a forest down a steep and bendy road to Meiringen.

Sources http://www.via-alpina.org/en/stage/112 https://www.erlebnisregion-mythen.ch/de/erlebnisse/sommer/weg-der-schweiz/



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and September


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers

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