Trail Running challenges and competitions in Engelberg, Switzerland summer 2022.

Berglauf, a mountain run for the strong hearted!

Engelberg valley is moving up in the world of trail running and is presenting two new trail running competitions this summer 2022. The newest addition “Cirque Series” is a circuit format from America where everyone between 7-82 years of age competitors can join.

Trail running is not all about star athletes and extreme marathon runners, it’s also in this day of age, supposed to be a fun and social event for everyone no matter their fitness or age. It’s about taking in the view and getting out there to enjoy the mountains at your own pace.

Rugghubelhütte Berglauf 7th of August 2022

Course description Rugghubel Berglauf in Engelberg.

The Rugghubelhütte Mountain run is challenging because of the elevation gain and not the distance. The starting time is normally around 9 am, depending on the weather and you can send your gear up to the finish line by helicopter transfer. After a first hard ascent of about 40 minutes, you have a 20-30 minute low elevation gain on asphalt and gravel road. After that, you will carry yourself uphill and traverse the mountain for a couple of kilometres before you start your last 1-kilometre push to the cabin. Some say walking at a fast pace is preferred in parts of the distance.


Main Distance (red)

Start Engelberg 1010 m.a.s.l.

Finish Rugghubel SAC 2296 m.a.s.l.

Elevation 1286 m

Length 9000 m

Short Distance (dark green)

Start Ristis 1606 m.a.s.l.

Finish Rugghubel SAC 2296 m.a.s.l.

Elevation 690 m

Length 5500 m


The Engelberg team have 100m more of elevation gain than the Melchsefrutt Team.

Four Lakes Duel 17th of September 2022

With the 4-lake duel, an unofficial boundary stone is set between Engelberg-Titlis and Melchsee-Frutt. Two teams, each with 50 runners, compete against each other whereas one team starts at Trübsee and the other team at Melchsee-Frutt. Both are completing the same course in opposite directions and will thus cross paths with their opponents along the way, the crossing (median from all the runners from each team) will later be chosen as the boundary stone between the two states.


Start Trübsee 1800 m.a.s..l

Finish Melchse-frutt 1920 m.a.s.l

Elevation +678m (team Engelberg) / -545m (team Melchsee frutt)

Length 14.3 km


Cirque Series 24th of September 2022

Challenge circuit 15 km and 1158 m elevation gain and descent.

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of a world-famous ski resort, you’ll rally up windswept ridges & glacial cirques to towering peaks, power down a quad-burning descent, and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, & vendor tents. The elevation is serious but the mileage is manageable, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be. Beat the pros down to earn legend status & cash prizes, or enjoy the views & let the challenge be its own reward.


Start Engelberg Titlis Valley Station 1010 a.s.l.

Finish Engelberg Titlis Valley Station 1010 a.s.l.

Elevation gain 1158 m

Length 15000m


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