Hiking the Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 15 Schangnau to Sörenberg

Stage 15 of the Trans Swiss trail is 19 km long with 860 m ascent and 640 m descent and goes from Schangnau to Sörenberg. After a winter away from it, I was excited to continue my quest to do a hike-through of the Trans Swiss trail. It was a great start back as this stage turned out to be one of my favorites so far. This trail has stunning views of the Hohgant and Schrattenfluh ridges, two really amazing rock formations. And, with the May flowers blooming, it could not have been prettier.

Detail Summary
Where: Schangnau to Sörenberg
Canton Bern and Canton Lucerne, Switzerland
Train/Bus: Zürich HB -> Schangnau, Post – 1 hr 48 min

Sörenberg, Post -> Zürich HB – 1 hr 55 min
What: Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 15 – Schangnau to Sörenberg
Yellow trail markers – Trans Swiss Trail Route 2
Skill: Medium – About 5 hrs 40 min
Length 19 km, Ascent 860 m, Descent 640 m

Additional Information

Photo Stories for Other Stages
Stage 1 – Porrentruy to St-Ursanne
Stage 2 – St-Ursanne to Soubey
Stage 3 – Soubey to Saignelégier
Stage 4 – Saignelégier to St-Imier
Stage 5 – St-Imier to Chézard-St-Martin
Stage 6 – Chézard-St-Martin to Neuchâtel
Stage 7 – Neuchâtel to Murten
Stage 8 – Murten to Laupen
Stage 9 – Laupen to Bern
Stage 10 – Bern to Worb
Stage 11 – Worb to Lützelflüh
Stage 12 – Lützelflüh to Langnau i.E.
Stage 13 – Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil
Stage 14 – Eggiwil to Schangnau
Stage 15 – Schangnau to Sörenberg
Stage 16 – Sörenberg to Giswil
Stage 17 – Giswil to Flüeli-Ranft
Stage18 – Flüeli-Ranft to Stans
Stage 19 – Stans to Seelisberg
Stage 20 – Seelisberg to Erstfeld
Stage 21 – Erstfeld to Wassen
Stage 22 – Wassen to Andermatt
Stage 23 – Andermatt to Passo del San Gottardo
Stage 24 – Passo del San Gottardo to Airolo
Stage 25 – Airolo to Osco
Stage 26 – Osco to Anzonico

Getting There

The Trans Swiss Trail is best done with public transportation as each stage starts and ends at different points. Stage 15 picks right up where stage 14 left off, at the Schangnau Post bus stop.

With views of the Hohgant ridge like the above, not even 5 minutes in, you know it is going to be a great hike.

The Trail

The beginning of the trail goes into the valley and crosses the Emme river.

After we hiked out of the valley and reached the top of the pass, the views opened up and it was just fabulous.

While I enjoyed the open views, I was also happy when the trail dipped briefly into the forest for some shade. Even with SPF 50, I was starting to get a little sunburned.

The buttercups were blooming and the see of yellow flowers with the mountains as backdrop was just stunning.

At about the half-way point, we reached Kemerboden where there is a hotel and restaurant. We did not eat there, so can’t give a review. We had packed sandwiches, so we scrambled down to the riverside and sat by the water to have our picnic. Note that there is a bus stop at Kemerboden, so if you wanted to break this stage into two sections, it would be a reasonable break point.

After lunch, we entered the forest, and the trail was pretty much a steady uphill climb. Not too steep, but we definitely made some altitude gain.

At the narrowest point of the pass, all the high-tension wires converged to get though the mountains. It was a shame to have the view disrupted by the wires.

The next section went though a bit of forest and, again, I was very grateful for the shade. The trail follows along the river but quite a bit above it. We could only sneak some peeks through the trees at the waterfalls we heard. When we reached the small settlement at Schneeberg, there was a self-service farm store and some tables where we took a break, had some ice-cream, and enjoyed the view.

As we continued towards Sörenberg, we got an excellent view of the Schrattenfluh ridge. There are hiking trails that go on this unusual rock formation and maybe someday I’ll give it a try. For now, we simply admired it from afar.

The views continued to be excellent. This was a long hike, but very rewarding.

The last bit of the hike was a steep downhill walk alongside a ski-lift. In the second picture, you can see the Sörenberg below.

Even as we were getting to the end of the hike, the view was amazing.

Getting Back

When we reached Sörenberg, we walked to the Post bus stop, and got our bus home. I spotted yet another Tipi, here. I still have no idea why they are so popular in Switzerland.

It was really wonderful to get back to hiking on trail 2. And what a hike! Absolutely beautiful from beginning to end. I am so ready for stage 16!

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