Distance 118 km
Ascent 2930 m
This loop through the scenic beauty of the Entlebuch region takes you over two relatively unknown passes in the Prealps, the Glaubenberg and the Glaubenbielen.
On leaving Wolhusen, you start by following the Kleine Emme upstream to Entlebuch, gateway to the eponymous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The ascent of the Glaubenberg pass (alt. 1540m) is on a minor road. After four kilometres, you encounter a level section at Finsterwald before the final climb eight kilometres in length with a few changes of gradient: so far, 15km with 920m of climbing. The summit finds you entering Canton Obwalden. The descent rewards you with superb views of the mountains and Lake Sarnen.
Once in Sarnen, you follow the lake to Giswil, starting point of the next pass, the Glaubenbielen (alt. 1611m). The road taking you there is the famous, if narrow, Panoramastrasse. 12% at its steepest, this pass is no pushover, with 1131m of climbing over a distance of 13km.
The descent down a wider road finds you back in Canton Lucerne – take time to admire the karst of the Schrattenflue, jewel of the Entlebuch.
The foot of the descent is just before Schöpfheim and the return to Entlebuch. Your leg back to Wolhusen takes you up a final hill on a minor road away from the traffic.
Tip from the Grand Tours Project
This loop can also be started in Entlebuch, which reduces its length to 84km.
An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted
June - October