THE URNER HAUTE ROUTE

THE SKIER’S HAUTE ROUTE

This Haute Route is the ultimate Haute Route with no crowds and long descents! That’s why it’s called the Skier’s Haute Route, with up to 1800m descents, linking two of the greatest free-riding meccas: Andermatt and Engelberg.

Itinerary

Day 1: Our tour starts in Realp and climbs to the Tiefenbach Hotel, where we will drop off our overnight gear before going for an afternoon ski tour up in the direction of the Chli Blienenhorn.  We will review the use of the avalanche rescue gear you will be carrying. Stats: 1000-1200m ascent

Day 2: We will skin to the Albert Heim Hut. A short descent behind the hut takes us to the base of the ascent to the Lochberg. The ascent to the Lochberg is gradual and finishes with climbing up a gentle ridge to the summit. The 1300m long and steep descent to the Goscheneralpsee is magical, in and of itself, but the surrounding glaciers make it even more memorable. After contouring the dam, we will follow the road down to our well deserved rest at the Gasthaus Göschneralp.  Stats: 1000m ascent and 1500m descent

Day 3: If we’re in luck, a taxi will drive us up the snowy road back to the dam. Our 1100m ascent to the Schinstock pass starts at the dam. This is followed by an amazing descent down to the Voralphütte. A steep ascent takes us up to the highest peak of the tour: the Sustenhorn (3505m). With the highest peak comes a long 1650m descent to Steingletscher – a stunning alpine pasture below the Sustenpass. Stats: 1250m ascent, 1650m descent

Day 4: A steep glaciated ascent takes us up to the highest peak of the tour: the Sustenhorn (3505m). There is the option of a shorter version by descending from the Sustenlimi pass as this is a big day with 1400m! The magical descent takes us down to the cozy Steingletscher hotel for a restful night!

Day 5: Our final day! The climb takes us to the Funffinger Stock. If conditions allow, we will have a nice steep descent down to the Wenden Glacier. A short skin back up to the Grassen bivouac will provide us with one of the most beautiful and longest descents in Central Switzerland, all the way back to Engelberg

Maps:

  • 1:25’000: 1171 Beckenried, 1191 Engelberg 
  • Skitourenkarte 1:50’000: 245 S Stans, 255 S Sustenpass 

Price: 1300CHF per person

Included: 

4 nights in dormitory with half board

Not included:

Lunch food, drinks in huts, rental gear, transportation to and from the ski traverse

Requirements:

  • Good skier
  • Endurance: 5-6 hours tours plus breaks

Journey: Andermatt is one of the first ski resorts to have free-car days! So join the trend and ride the train to your trip!