Hiking in the Melch valley, off the beaten path in Central Switzerland

Hiking from Melchtal to Sachseln

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The village of Melchtal.

Hiking from the Melch valley to Lake Sarnen

This is a varying route from the Melch valley to Sachseln on Lake Sarnen.

ROUTE

How to reach Melchtal, and how to find your way to Sachseln.

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Facts Melchtal - Sachseln

  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 474 - 1014 m
  • Distance: 9.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)

About the trail

The Melch valley doesn't have any major tourist attractions. There are several off the beaten path hiking options in this typical Swiss valley. The suggested route starts in the village of Melchtal, leaves the valley via the slopes of Mount Höch Dossen, and ends in Sachseln on Lake Sarnen.

The route first runs along the little river of Melchaa. Then you'll gradually ascend to the highest point called 'Müllerenschwand', at one third of the route. That's where meadows make place for forests. About 500 vertical meters need to be descended until the end point in Sachseln. Once you have reached the hamlet of Ranft, you're back in 'civilization'. The rest of the route to Sachseln runs along farmhouses and farmland, the St. Katharina chapel and the beautiful church of Sachseln. There are views of the lake along the way.

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