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Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
12.7 km
Travel time
approx. 5 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
To the middle station with the funicular Stanserhorn
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Schmaler Wanderweg über den Arvigrat
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
CabriO-Bahn, the world's first cable car with an open upper deck, mid station - Stanserhorn
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Ächerlipass
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Hiking on the Arvigrat, with a view of Lake Lucerne
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Signpost on the Arvigrat
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Arvigrat with view of Lake Sarnen
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Arvigrat with view towards Gräfimattstand
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Gräfimattstand
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Rock outcrop Wagenleis (Charren)
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Alpacas on the ridge - the protectors of the sheep herd
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
Nidwalden high-level path: Stage 1, Stanserhorn-Storeggpass
Cows on the alpine meadow, near Storeggpass
Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
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Stanserhorn – Ächerlipass - Arvigrad - Gräfimattnollen - Schluchberg - Storeggpass
To get to the start of the tour, we take the vintage funicular train and CabriO aerial cableway from Stans up the Stanserhorn. High up at around alt. 1900 m we can see almost the whole of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains.

We go left on the summit circular path. The well-secured descent via Chrinnen to the Ächerlipass follows. This can be reached in around an hour. At Holzwang it's worth making a detour to the eponymous chapel. Then we tackle the ascent heading towards the Arvigrat. The view into the Engelberg and Sarneraa valleys is impressive. After a short descent, we continue on the Gräfimattgrat towards Laucheren. From here the view opens up into the Melch valley. A steep zigzag path leads up to the Schluchberg. The upper section is somewhat exposed. Part of it is secured with a rope as a handrail. This is followed by the key section of this leg, the Wagenleis (Charren) rocky outcrop. The small climbing section is also secured with a rope. We follow the ridge across alp pastures. With a bit of luck we might see alpacas here, which protect the flocks of sheep. After an easy descent we reach the Storeggpass.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Stans
Point of arrival
Storeggpass
Difficulty
Difficult
Condition
5 / 6
Ascent
905 m
Descent
1036 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September
Safety information
The key passage is the  Wagenleis (Charren) rocky outcrop. The short climbing section is secured with a rope. Snowfields are may be encountered on high sections until the summer months.
Author’s advice
The quickest way back to Stans is by taking the Rugisbalm and Mettlen aerial cableways with their little cabins down to the valley floor. From there it's a 20 minute or so walk to Grafenort railway station. Alternatively, you can rent Nextbikes at the cableway terminus, if available. The tour is also possible in the opposite direction.
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Good to know

Parking
Parking in Stans
Arrival / Return journey
Route planner to Stans
Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport
SBB Timetable
Further information & links
Tourism information:

Nidwalden Tourism
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 (0)41 610 88 33
infonidwalden.com
www.nidwalden.com 

Other tours at nidwalden.com/hiking