Guided Snowshoeing Weekend in UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch (Lucerne)
The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was recognised for its pre-alpine moorlands and its unique karst landscapes. Join us for a 2-day snowshoeing circle trail in this beautiful protected area, between the famous Bernese 4000s and the Schrattenfluh, staying a night at the charming Bauernhof Salwideli.
This trip is led by Alex Dimitriou, mountain leader.
What’s the plan?
Saturday – Salwideli
We meet at Sörenberg, Rothornbahn bus stop at 10:00 to start our 2-day snowshoe tour in the idyllic landscape of the UNESCO Entlebuch Biosphere. The mountain panorama of the Rothorn chain on one side and the Schrattenfluh on the other side are real highlights for nature enthusiasts. Our trail, starting with a long and gentle climb, first leads along the connecting slope, but soon opens up to the Alp Schlacht. We then continue to the Hinterschwarzenegg hut, before heading to Blattenegg, the highest point of our day at 1636m. The descent, steep at first and more gentle in the second part, offers magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains: Rothorn, Schrattenfluh, Tannhorn and Hohgant. Dinner and night at the charming Bauernhof Salwideli.
Technical info: 8km – 450m ascent – 300m descent
Sunday – Chlus
After an energising breakfast at Salwideli, we get ready for this second exciting day hiking in the UNESCO Biosphere. Again, we start with a climb which will take us to the Chlus mountain hut located at 1774m above sea level, our highest point of the weekend. The Chlus hut, at the foot of the Böli, offers incredible views across the Brienzer Rothorn range and the Bernese Alps: the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau; Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn – to name some of the imposing Alpine peaks in the background. After enjoying the panorama, we start our descent to Sörenberg along the Schrattenfluh and its impressive karst formations. The Schrattenfluh is one of Switzerland’s most unspoilt karst landscapes and is the best-known karst formation of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch. After a scenic descent through a pine and spruce forest, our trail leads us to Alp Schlund where we can get a hot drink. Once warmed up, we continue our descent in a more open area, all the way to Sörenberg. Return to Sörenberg around 16:00 so you can catch a bus from Sörenberg, Hirsegg to go home.
Technical info: 10km – 500m ascent – 800m descent
To join this event, you need to be a fit hiker. No previous snowshoeing experience is needed.
It is the participant’s responsibility to get health and accident insurances that cover mountain rescue, including extreme sports. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).
How to get there
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you take the following:
- Saturday: Zurich HB 08:10 – 10:03 Sörenberg, Rothornbahn (via Luzern & Schüpfheim)
- Sunday: Sörenberg, Hirsegg 15:59 – 17:50 Zurich HB (via Schüpfheim & Luzern) – depending on the time the event finishes
If you are traveling by car, you can park at Schüpfeim train station or Sörenberg, Hirsegg and take the bus to Sörenberg, Rothornbahn. These are the only car parks in the area where you are allowed to park overnight.
Day clothing essentials
- Winter hiking boots
- Base layers
- Hiking or skiing trousers
- Down jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Sun hat
- Warm hat
- Thin gloves
- Thick gloves
- Lightweight towel
- Sleeping bag liner
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Ear plugs
- Hiking backpack (30-40L)
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
- Snowshoes and poles: can be rented out – see “Equipment rental”
- Avalanche set: transceiver, probe and shovel: can be rented out – see “Equipment rental”
- Thermal bottle for tea
- Packed lunches for 2 days
- Sunscreen and lip protector
- Plasters and basic medicine
You have the possibility to rent the following equipment, directly from the guide:
- Snowshoes and poles: CHF 30
- Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe: CHF 50
You will receive an email with a form to fill in a few days before the event, where you can inform us about which items you’d like to rent. These can be paid by cash or Twint on the event day.
The price for this event is CHF 300.
Included in price
- 2 days of guided snowshoeing with a mountain leader, in a small group
- Basic avalanche training to make sure everyone knows how to use the equipment
- 1 night of accommodation at Bauernhof Salwideli (double room)
- Dinner on Saturday
- Breakfast on Sunday
Not included in price
- Transport to/from Sörenberg
- Packed lunches
- Drinks & snacks
- Equipment rental
Min. 4 / Max. 6 participants
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.