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ViaBerna - stage 19 Engstlenalp - Gadmen

Short facts

  • start: Engstlenalp (1,834 m)
  • destination: Gadmen, “Post” stop
  • difficult
  • 12,05 km
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 600 m
  • 2117 m
  • 1198 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 40 / 100

best season

The ridge trail with its breathtaking views takes you from enchanting Engstlenalp via Sätteli into Gadmertal and to Gadmen. On the way, you will see precipitous rocks whose appearance has earned them the name “Hasli Dolomites”.

From Hotel Engstlenalp, you start by following a cycle route gently upwards to Engstlensee. The view over the shimmering, bluish green water to Joch Pass and into Titlisgebiet is magnificent. As it leaves the valley, the route then takes you around several mountain ridges. From Scharmad you can enjoy the breathtaking view through the silent, forested Gental to the summits of the Oberland ice masses. The trail continues almost horizontally above the tree line, over the downward sloping mountainside to Bäregg. Climbing gradually, it continues through the open terrain below Tällistock. You are getting closer to Sätteli, where you cross into Gadmertal. On the right you can’t help but notice Sättelisteckleni, a sheer rock formation that resembles Gadmerfluh in the Dolomites in South Tyrol. The view from Sätteli will take your breath away: Firn and ice, forest and pasture, from the climbing mountains of Engelhörner to Finsteraarhorn and over the glistening glaciers of Trift, Sustenhorn and Titlis, everything is there in front of you. The descent between the bands of rock is steep. The second part of the high-altitude hike leads past Tällihütte and along the mighty, towering tors of Gadmerflue via Alpligen to Raflue. This is the start of the tremendous descent into the mountain village of Gadmen, 400 metres down.

Engstlensee is a natural lake at the foot of the glaciated Titlis, surrounded by diverse flora and the ancient Swiss pines that stand amid the hilly moraine landscape. It is a conservation area.

Gental is a sparsely populated side valley of Gadmertal. Engstlenalp and Engstlensee are at the top end and there is footpath into Engelbergtal via Joch Pass.

The Tälli via ferrata takes you from Berghaus Tälli through Gadmerfluh. It was the first via ferrata in Switzerland and, at 600 metres in length, it is still one of the longest and most spectacular.

Despite good links via the pass road, some income from tourism and the Oberhasli power stations, there are not many job prospects in the mountain village of Gadmen. Many people from Gadmer moved away from the area in the centuries before. Nowadays, people from the area, which is at risk of avalanches in snowy winters, travel further down the mountain for work.

General information

Directions

Engstlenalp – Sätteli – Tällihütte – Raflue – Gadmen

Safety Guidelines

All or part of this route is on marked trails in the mountain trail category. In the “Sätteli” area, the hiking trail goes through a steep passage with some loose rocks.

Surefootedness and good shoes are essential. Walking sticks can be helpful!

Equipment

We recommend the following equipment:

Sturdy mountaineering boots, medium-sized rucksack with hip belt, sun protection, waterproof clothing, walking poles, pocket first-aid kit, picnic, sufficient fluids, mobile phone.

It is also possible to book baggage transport from stage accommodation to stage accommodation at short notice via Eurotrek. Info and conditions at Eurotrek.ch

Tip

Accommodation tip - Engstlenalp:  Hotel Engstlenalp, Engstlenalp, 3862 Innertkirchen, Tel. + 41 (0) 33 975 11 66, [email protected], www.engstlenalp.ch

Accommodation tip - Gadmen:  Hotel Restaurant Gadmer Lodge, Gadmen 283a, 3863 Gadmen, Tel. + 41 (0) 33 975 00 30, [email protected], www.gadmerlodge.ch

Shopping: No shops en route.

Getting there

By private car to Innertkirchen

Parking

Parking at Grimseltor centre.

Public transit

Getting there: by train via Meiringen to Innertkirchen. Then by bus to Engstlenalp. Please refer to the timetable

Coming back: by bus from Gadmen Post to Innertkirchen Grimseltor

Maps

swisstopo Wanderkarte 255T Sustenpass 1:50'000

Additional Information

ViaBerna is a multi-day hike made up of 20 stages that takes you from Bellelay straight through the canton of Bern to Susten Pass. Hikers on the trail get to experience the diversity of the canton of Bern in Jura, Mittelland and in the Bernese Alps. The entire distance is signposted with route number 38.

You can find information about the ViaBerna multi-day hike at viaberna.ch

Pavings

  • Hiking Trail (13%)
  • Asphalt Coating (3%)
  • Path (84%)

Weather

This tour is presented by: Berner Wanderwege, Author: Markus Schluep

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