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On mule tracks through the Gental to Engstlenalp

Short facts

  • start: Innertkirchen
  • destination: Engstlenalp
  • easy
  • 13,46 km
  • 5 hours 10 minutes
  • 1270 m
  • 1838 m
  • 626 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

Alpine park landscape above Schwarzental

The hike from Innertkirchen to Engstlenalp leads through the scenic Gental valley. Picturesque rocky slopes and impressive waterfalls characterise the wide valley floor.

From the Grimseltor in Innertkirchen, the route follows the old Susten road via Eggi to Wyler and from there via Sunnsyten into the Gental. At Färrichstetten, a beautiful view opens up into the Engstlenalp area. It is also worth looking back: behind the Aaretal and Urbachtal valleys rise the Engelhörner and the Wetterhorn group. Passing the Gental huts, you reach the Berghaus Schwarzental and continue upwards past the Jungibächen. Caterpillars, grasshoppers and magnificent butterflies can be seen everywhere. The omnipresent creuchen and fleuchen are a sign that nature has a rich diversity here. Magnificent old maple trees in the pastureland give the hilly terrain the character of a park landscape. The Engstlen Alpine Cooperative is committed to ensuring that weeds do not get out of hand. In 2014, the alpine dairymen were honoured for their efforts with the cultural landscape award of the Oberland-Ost region. A moderately steep ascent finally takes you to Engstlenalp.

General information

Safety Guidelines
  • Regularly check the location and compare it with the schedule. In this way, alternatives, shortcuts, demolition, etc. can be considered in good time.
  • In the event of bad weather, turn back in good time or seek shelter. If thunderclouds are gathering, it is advisable to abort the tour as soon as possible.
  • Do not leave the marked paths. Stay on the official hiking trails even if trails look like shortcuts. Some of these paths are not maintained and can end in a dead end.
  • Lost? Stay together as a group and return to the last known point. Wait for better visibility or call for help.
  • Plan enough time and energy reserves for the descent.
  • Slow down and take breaks.
  • Steep grass, scree and snow slopes are safer to tackle on the ascent than on the descent.
  • For the descent, choose the easier option or take the train down to the valley.
  • Avoid herds of cattle calmly and at a sufficient distance. Keep dogs on a leash.
  • In encounters with guard dogs, the following applies: Remain calm so that the dog realises that you are not a danger to the herd. Keep a generous distance from the herd.
  • Allow mountain bikers to pass without obstructing their ride unnecessarily.

Mountain Hiking Check

Equipment
  • The sun's rays are particularly intense in the mountains. Sun cream with a high protection factor, a sun hat and sunglasses with UV protection should therefore be part of your luggage.
  • Even in summer and in good "starting weather", warm clothing and rain protection are part of the equipment. The onion principle with several layers of clothing is recommended.
  • Day hiking backpack with rain cover
  • Sturdy and comfortable shoes
  • Clothing adapted to the weather and hard-wearing (onion principle)
  • Charged mobile phone
  • Pocket pharmacy
  • Beverages and food
  • Pocket knife

Bergwandern.ch equipment

Tip

The modern show dairy opposite the historic Engstlenalp Hotel offers an interesting insight into the production of alpine cheese. In addition to various types of alpine cheese, a wide range of yoghurts and milkshakes are available in the associated shop.

Getting there

From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.

From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.

Arrival Innertkirchen

Parking

There is uncovered parking in the village.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.

From Interlaken and Lucerne we travel comfortably on the Zentralbahn panorama trains directly to Meiringen. From Brünig-Hasliberg we have several post bus connections at our disposal.

Timetable & Ticket Shop SBB

Weather

This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG

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