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Circumnavigating Lake Alpnach

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
15.0 km
Travel time
4 ½ h
Circumnavigating Lake Alpnach
Garnhänki, Stansstad
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Circumnavigating Lake Alpnach
Alpnachstad, Blick Richtung Stansstad
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Circumnavigating Lake Alpnach
Blick auf den Alpnachersee (Zingel)
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Circumnavigating Lake Alpnach
Stansstad
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Stansstad – Alpnachstad – Eichiried – Vorderrüti – Rotzschlucht – Stansstad
Circumnavigating Lake Alpnach can be done at almost any time of year. The Lopper south flank is home to various snakes and lizards, which can be observed in warm weather, basking in the sun on stones by the water.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Stansstad railway station or jetty
Point of arrival
Stansstad railway station or jetty
Difficulty
Easy
Condition
1 / 6
Ascent
226 m
Descent
226 m
Best Time of Year
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Directions
The path from Stansstad is partly built as a boardwalk parallel to the road. After crossing the Chli Schliere near Alpnachstad, it traverses nature reserves with reed-covered bays (info panels). It then crosses the Sarner Aa, then climbs northeast to Vorderrüti, north past the Drachenflue. The path leads down to the Betti through meadows, then through the striking Rotz gorge and back to the lake. The circumnavigation of the lake ends in Stasstad.
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Accessible by bus and train
Yes