Guidebook

The Urner Alps Traverse: A Remote and Peaceful Journey

Crossing one of Switzerland's most remote ranges this route takes in some beautiful summits and charming mountain huts.

Description

Nestled close to the famous ski towns of Andermatt and Engelberg (both of which have a well deserved reputation for reliable snow conditions), this tour feels surprisingly remote and is not on the radar of most ski mountaineers. Those who do make the effort to complete it will be handsomely rewarded with some stunning (and rarely climbed) mountains, separated by small and welcoming mountain huts.

The ski touring season is quite brief in the Urner Alps, and the huts have quite a short period in March/April when they are manned, so make sure you check ahead that they are open. If they aren't (but you have the conditions and weather you're looking for) you can make this route even more adventurous by staying in winter rooms and bringing your own supplies!

Urner Alps Traverse: Sustli Hut to Engleberg
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Urner Alps Traverse: Sustli Hut to Engleberg

8.4 km762 m1,853 m48°
A great ski summit (Grassen, 2946m) followed by an 1800m N facing descent.
Difficult
Private
Urner Alps Traverse: Steingletscher to Sustli Hut
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Urner Alps Traverse: Steingletscher to Sustli Hut

6.4 km1,420 m1,031 m48°
The traverse of the well named Füffingerstock and a long descent, before a short climb to the Sustli Hut.
Difficult
Private
Urner Alps Traverse: Realp to Albert Heim Hut

Urner Alps Traverse: Realp to Albert Heim Hut

10.7 km1,530 m540 m32°
A steady warm up day with an optional ascent of a peak, for the fit and enthusiastic.
Difficult
Private
Urner Alps Traverse: Chelenalp Hut to Steingetscher Hotel
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Urner Alps Traverse: Chelenalp Hut to Steingetscher Hotel

11.6 km1,179 m1,661 m36°
A magnificent long glacial descent, with an optional high summit, the Sustenhorn (3502m).
Difficult
Private
Urner Alps Traverse: Albert Heim Hut to Chelenalp Hut
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Urner Alps Traverse: Albert Heim Hut to Chelenalp Hut

13.6 km1,459 m1,652 m43°
A variety of routes over a high pass to a N facing descent, then a long drag up to a remote hut.
Difficult
Private