Walenstöcke Circuit

  • Richtung Rot Grätli

  • Rugghubelhütte

  • Zum Rot Grätli

  • Bannalper Schonegg

  • Brücke bei Planggenalp

  • Walenalp

  • Walenpfad

  • Rugghubelhütte

  • Bannalp

The circuit around the Walenstöcke is almost entirely in a federal hunting area and in a fauna protection area. You will be spoiled with untouched nature and impressive high mountain landscapes. The circular route starts in Ristis (1601 m) with an ascent to Rugghubelhütte (2290 m) and up to Rot Grätli (2559 m), the highest point of the circuit. Behind Rot Grätli lies also in summer snow. Cross the Bannalper Schonegg (2250 m) down to the Urnerstafel (1690 m) at the Bannalpsee, where the ascent to the Walegg (1951 m) is waiting for you. Then down again to the Walenalp (1675 m) and pass Stock (1730 m) or Rosenbold (1865 m) back to Ristis.

Note: The Walenstöcke circuit is a challenging hike. Due to the snowfields, good shoes are mandatory. A very good condition is necessary. The circuit can be done at the earliest from July (depending on snow conditions).

The Brunni cableways and the Hotel Engelberg offer this hike as an attractive package with a local walking guide and two overnight stays: Package Walenstöcke Circuit


Duration 8 h 30 min
Covered distance 25 km
Difference in altitude 1'600 m ascent und 1'600 m descent

Difficulty T4 - Surefootedness is essential for this route.

Explanation of the swiss walking grading system