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    Hike from Alp to Alp in the Brunni Valley

    (Unterschächen) – Sittlisalp – Brunnialp – Trogenalp – Wannelenalp – (Unterschächen)

    Hike from Alp to Alp in the Brunni Valley

    (Unterschächen) – Sittlisalp – Brunnialp – Trogenalp – Wannelenalp – (Unterschächen)

    With a long and cold winter as this one, it is a thrill to finally be able to get back up into the higher Alpine Regions, but we did run into a few stretches of snow, some of which were potentially difficult to navigate. So we would definitely suggest waiting till June to try this one.

    This lovely and not too difficult tour starts with a 30-minute walk along the valley bottom from Unterschächen into the Brunni Valley, which is a side valley that you can see if you are driving in the Schächen Valley toward the Klausen Pass. The road to the cable car is a paved road, but it is a comfortable walk, and if you are lucky you might encounter friendly livestock who roam the valley in their open meadow. Plus you are always walking toward the magnificent North face of the Gross Ruchen.

    After a steep ascent (400m) with the cable car you are met with a simply stunning sight: a steep valley below and a massive wall of rock at the back of the valley. This wall of rock is one of the longest North faces in the Swiss Alps. With this view you walk toward the back of the valley, past a cheese dairy where you can buy the renowned Sittlisalper cheese, then descend to the Brunni Alp, where there is a restaurant where you can stop for refreshments.

    One popular hiking option is to descend from here back into the valley to Unterschächen (1h 15mins), but lovelier is to go back up along the other side of the valley, along a forest road and past a couple of more Alps, also with a cheese dairy. Past the Trogenalp the path becomes more challenging, with some steeper uphill zigzag sections, until the trail levels out and heads Northward to Wannelen, a high plateau with stunning views up and down the Schächen Valley. Another short cable car ride back into the valley, and one more kilometre along a pleasant meadow trail brings us back to Unterschächen.


    Published on 26.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 21.05.2016
    Published on 26.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 21.05.2016

    Route Details

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    Central Switzerland
    Time Required
    4 hours
    9 km
    438 m
    426 m
    Season Start / Season End
    June - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Starting Point
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Brunnialp, Unterschächen
    Things to Note
    Until mid-May there are fewer buses along the Klausenpass Road. Check the schedules. The hike is best done after end of May as there might still be snow.

    Route Description

    00:00 After descending the bus, continue a short piece along the main road to the trail markers, turn right and cross the bridge, then head South across the bridge and along the paved road into the Brunni Valley toward the "Sittlisalp Talstation". It is a pleasant 2 km,30-minute walk with a gorgeous view of the Gross Ruchen North Wall.

    00:30 Reach the cable car station, use the phone to call up to let them know you need a transport (4 people).

    Trail description continues after exiting the cable car station.

    00:30 Follow the trail marker "Sittlisalp Lauwi" (toward the back of the valley).

    00:45 Reach the Lauwi Trail Marker. A short piece off the road is a cheese dairy famous for its Sittlisapler Cheese. Continue in the direction of Sittlisalp/Unterschächen.

    01:00 Reach the bench at the Sittlisalp Trail Marker. Head down the hill toward Brunni.

    01:25 Reach Brunni Alp. From here you could walk back down into the valley to Unterschächen, but this tour variation goes back up the hill to walk out along the East side of the valley. Head along the road to the back of the valley, in the direction of Trogenalp.

    01:50 Reach the trail marker at Niederlammerbach

    01:55 There is a side trail to the left off the forestry road, goes past a picnic spot, then through the forest and meets back up with the forest trail. This is a more pleasant version, maybe a few minutes longer.

    02:25 Reach Trogenalp. Follow the Trail Marker to "Wannelen Bergst.". There is a steep zigzag uphill portion here before the trail levels out and heads Northward to Wannelen.

    03:20 Reach Wannelen. You have to call on the Cable car phone again for the 5-minute ride down.

    There is a bus stop on the Klausenpass road at the base of the cable car (Ribi) but it doesn't run as often as the bus from Unterschächen, which is another 1 km (15-20 mins.) along a very pleasant meadow trail.

    03:50 Reach the bus stop in Unterschächen.






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