Urner Haute Route – a classic alpine ski tour

Posted March 30, 2023 under Blog

Andermatt – Engelberg in 5 days

Discover one of the finest and steepest haute routes in Switzerland. The Urner Haute route is for accomplished skiers! With small group sizes have the freedom to explore. Most days start with a long climb up south slopes, and finish with a rewarding descent down steep north faces. Evenings are spent in high alpine huts and remote mountain guesthouses.

Day 1

Starting in Realp (1538m), sort out equipment and then make a leisurely climb up to Schafberg (2590m),  followed by a relaxed descent and climb back up to  Albertheimhütte (2543m).

Day 2

Start the day with a short descent, before climbing the Lochberg (3074m) a challenging ascent on skis then with crampons and ice axe. A beutifull descent to the Göscheneralp brings you to the Gasthause Göscheneralp (1580m) for a relaxed evening and excellent meals.

Day 3

After a good coffee make an early start and ascend to the Schinstock (3161m). From Schinstock enjoy a beautiful descent to Voralphutte (2126m). The east facing slopes often hold the best snow of the tour!

Day 4

A long glacier ascent brings you to the Sustenhorn (3503m), the highpoint of the tour. The classic Steingletscher descent winds between crevasses and seracs before reaching the Steingetscher hotel (1865m).

Day 5

From Steingletscher ascend up over the Fünffingerstöck (2993m) and if conditions permitt a steep descent brings you to the Wenden Glacier. One last short skin brings us to Grassen Biwak (2647m), followed by a beautiful descent under the imposing walls of the Titlis to the Engelberg valley.

Fitness: Advanced, up to 1500m ascent per day

Technical: Advanced, descents up to 40 deg in good conditions. Moderate mountaineering skills (crampons and ice axe)

Equipment: Complete ski touring equipment including crampons, ice axe and harness.

March – April for private bookings

Price per person in a private group: £1,875


  • 5 Days Guiding with UIAGM mountainguide / aspirant guide
  • 4 nights with half-board and 3 nights bed and breakfast
  • Baggage Transfer Andermatt – Engelberg

Not Included:

  • Rental Equipment
  • Transportation
  • Drinks, Lunch, Snacks
  • Insurance (accident, mountain rescue, travel, illness and all other insurances are the responsibility of the participant)