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From Engstligenalp Lohnerhütte SAC 2171 m

  • Difficulty
    T5-
  • Ascent
    3:30 h, 740 m
  • Descent
    530 m

A challenging alpine hike to the Lohnerhütte beneath the mighty Lohner massif. Often exposed. Surefootedness and a head for heights are prerequisites.

Route description

Engstligenalp – Luser

From the top cable car station at Engstligenalp (1962 m) follow the path first down to Alp ärtele. Continue over the Mäntelebach (stream) and then climb steeply northwards to the Luser.

Luser – Witi Chume – Lohnerhütte

The traverse of the Lohner's W flank begins by contouring round the top of the Luserbleika ampitheatre at approx. 2200 m. More contouring, a few ups and downs with exposed passages, and a gentle ascent leads to the NW ridge of the Mittaghore (memorial plaque). A delicate descent, and traverse beneath the rocks brings you to the scree slopes of the Witi Chume. Follow a zig-zag descent down the western edge of the Witi Chume to a flattening at approx. 2080 m (do not be tempted by the higher out-of-date route as seen on the SwissTopo map from 2006). Contour once more alone the base of the Witi Chume, then finally ascend once more to the striking, grassy spur on which the Lohnerhütte stands.

Unter dem Birg – Ärtele

It is also possible to ascend directly from the valley station at "Unter dem Birg" to Ärtele. Follow the mountain path first north, then eastwards up through the forest to P. 1498. From here continue up to and follow a band rightwards through the western flank of the Luser and up to P. 1955 where you may join the normal route.

Additional information

Departure point

Engstligenalp (1963 m)

Mountain station of the cable car Unter dem Birg – Engstligenalp. Further information at: www.engstligenalp.ch

Time

From "Unter dem Berg" 1hr longer.

Difficulty / Material

Exposed sections. The route is not recommended in wet or rainy weather!

Waypoints

Luser (2182 m)

Wird überschritten.

Adelboden, Unter dem Birg (1399 m)

Start point of the variant

Author

Bernhard Senn

Bernhard Senn is a physiotherapist specializing in workplace ergonomics and workplace health promotion. Bernhard has been an SAC author since 2013 and will often be found 'out and about' in the mountains; whether with rock gear, skis, mountain bike or paraglider.

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