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Hike Switzerland's Via Alpina: Altdorf to Engelberg

Starting in the town of Altdorf, the Editors' Choice team gains over 6,000 feet of elevation in 17 miles on its way to Surenenpass.
  • A harbor in the village of Fluelen on Lake Lucerne.  (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Church bells chime on Lake Lucerne. The team grabbed a train from Fluelen to their starting point for the day in Altdorf. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • A view from the Altdorf train station.  (Jonathan Dorn)
  • The team jumps a gondola near Attinghausen and heads to the trailhead. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • A view of the town of Altdorf from the seat of a Gondola. It would rise some 3,000-plus feet. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • A domesticated goat greets the team as they jump off the gondola. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • At the trailhead in Grat. Time to head up to snowy 7516-foot Surenenpass. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Anthony Cerretani gets moving. (Jonathan Dorn)
  •  A view of the Angistock peak hovering at over 9,000 feet. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Moving up the trail from Grat. Tierbalm peak can be seen in the distance. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • John Harlin makes time. Oberalpstock and Piz Tgieschen peaks can be seen to the southeast. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • The team continues towards Surenenpass, with Angistock setting the backdrop.  (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn plots a course for the tricky trail terrain ahead. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Angistock peak, on the way to Surenenpass. In late October, snow started appearing at just about 6,000 feet. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Kristin Hostetter and John Harlin negotiate the trail as snow becomes more prevalent. (Jonathan Dorn)
  •  John Harlin pushes towards snowy, postholing ground. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Anthony Cerretani postholes his way towards Surenenpass. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • As the sun begins to set, John Harlin takes in the view from the south side of Surenenpass at 7516 feet. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • From left, John Harlin, Kristin Hostter and Anthony Cerretani recharge for the descent down the south side of Surenenpass. (Jonathan Dorn)
A harbor in the village of Fluelen on Lake Lucerne.  (Anthony Cerretani)
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A harbor in the village of Fluelen on Lake Lucerne. (Anthony Cerretani)


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