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Via Engiadina – Lower Engadine trek

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  • Wandern auf der Sonnenseite des Unterengadins.
    / Wandern auf der Sonnenseite des Unterengadins.
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
  • / Auf der Via Engiadina im Unterengadin.
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
  • / Das Engadiner Dorf Tschlin.
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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The Via Engiadina is a historic hiking tour and leads through the Lower Engadine in six stages on the opposite side of the valley from the Swiss National Park.
difficult
100.3 km
30:00 h
4,500 m
5,000 m
The panorama trek „Via Engiadina“ on the sunny side of the lower Engadine valley leads through typical Swiss mountain villages like Guarda, Ardez, Sent or Tschlin. The five trails offer varied days of walking with breathtaking views of the valley to the high mountains beyond stretching into Austria and Italy. The luggage will be transported from Hotel to Hotel, though those hikers can enjoy this tour equiped only with a small backpack.

Author’s recommendation

  • Also suitable for hikers with dogs.
  • Stop at the alpine huts with local specialties.
  • Those who have not yet had enough of the 6 stages in the Lower Engadine can add the Upper Engadine section from Maloja to Zernez beforehand.
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Updated: April 21, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,239 m
Lowest point
1,088 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Safety information

This tour got evaluated during summertime with good weather conditions. We highly recommend to check always the current weather forecast and plan your hikings according to that.

All hiking trails along the Via Engiadina trek require alpine experience and good orienteering. Furthermore stable hiking boots are recommended.

 

Emergency/First aid:
144   Swiss emergency call   
1414 Swiss mountain rescue team REGA
112   International first aid

Tips, hints and links

www.scuol-zernez.ch/ViaEngiadina 

Start

Station Zernez with bus stop (1,471 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'802'769E 1'175'266N
DD
46.697767, 10.090234
DMS
46°41'52.0"N 10°05'24.8"E
UTM
32T 583351 5172156
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Destination

Station Scuol-Tarasp or bus stop in Tschlin, cumün

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 6 Zernez - Susch - Lavin - (ascent 209m, descent 248m, duration 5 hours).

From Zernez the Via Engiadina leads along the Inn River on the valley floor. Below the rocks of Muottas da Clüs the path leads in a varied way over meadows and through small forest sections via Clüs up to a beautiful clearing with a view of Zernez and then down through the forest to «La Güstizia». Above the path the valley opens up. There you can see the pillars of a gallows that was in use until the middle of the 18th century. The path continues across the plain before Susch to the foot of the Fortezza Rohan (fortress). The trail continues to Lavin, where there are various places to stop for refreshments.

 

Stage 7 Lavin - Val Lavinuoz - Guarda (ascent 866m, descent 641m, duration 5 hours).

From the railroad station in Lavin, walk on the road in an easterly direction past the church and at the end of the village turn left under the railroad and cantonal road onto the forest road. Follow the signs of the Via Engiadina through the forest to the entrance of the Val Lavinouz. Over the alp Dadoura and up to the alp d'Immez the route runs along the alp road. The path then leads back towards Val Tuoi. Before reaching the bottom of the valley, a path branches off to the right from the Via Engiadina in the direction of Guarda.

 

Stage 8 Guarda - Alp Suot - Marangun - Alp Sura - Alp Murtera Dadoura - Ardez (ascent 591m, descent 779m, duration 4.50 hours).

At the eastern end of the village of Guarda, the trail branches off to the left into Val Tuoi and leads across meadows up to the valley entrance. The Val Tuoi is known for its great variety of plants and biodiversity. Via the unspoilt road you reach the Alp Suot, which was also used by Schellen-Ursli to fetch his «big Chalandamarz bell». The path climbs almost 150 meters in altitude from Alp Suot to Alp Sura, from where a unique view of the valley awaits. Partly quite steep, the Via Engiadina leads through mountain pastures and meadows via Alp Murtera Dadoura further over Mundaditsch and Munt down to the stage destination Ardez.

 

Stage 9 Ardez - Plan Chamuera - Alp Tasna - Alp Valmala - Alp Laret - Prui (ascent 817m, descent 185m, duration 4.45 hours).

At the upper edge of the village the Via Engiadina climbs steeply. After a short distance the path branches off to the left. After a bend to the right, the ascent to Plan Chamuera begins. Always slightly ascending you reach the Alp Tasna and after about 3 km the Alp Valmala. Across the valley flank the path leads up to the alp Laret at 2202 m above sea level. In the summer months the alp Laret is managed by alpine dairymen. After an easy ascent, the path leads more or less along the contour line to today's stage destination - the mountain station of the chairlift Ftan-Prui. From there you can either take the hiking trail or the chairlift, which is a little easier on the knees, directly down to Ftan. In Ftan there are various possibilities to stop for refreshments. Between Ftan and Scuol there are regular post buses.

 

Stage 10 Ftan - (chair lift) - Prui - Motta Naluns - Val Ruschna/Jonvrai - Salez - Vastur - Sent (ascent 157m, descent 791m, duration 3.45 hours).

If you want to do some extra meters of altitude, you can start the hike already in Ftan and walk via Alp Laret to the mountain station. If you want to start the day in a comfortable way, you can simply take the chair lift to the mountain station Ftan-Prui. From there you follow the Flurinaweg to the mountain station Motta Naluns. From there the path leads parallel along the chairlift Naluns towards the mountain restaurant Chamanna Naluns (no summer operation). Below the mountain restaurant the route branches off to Jonvrai. About 150 m before a clearly visible bend to the right, the path turns off again, follow the signposts. The descent to Vastur, a mountain restaurant with summer opening hours, follows the slope through lush vegetation. The further descent to Sent takes about another hour.

 

Stage 11 Sent - Val Sinestra - Vnà - Buorcha - Val Ruinains - Tschlin. (Ascent 650m, descent 561m, duration 6.30 hours).

In the Engadine village of Sent the tour starts in an easterly direction. Via a scenic field road you leave the village in the direction of Val Sinestra. Further on the path leads almost without any gradient to the turnaround point of the Val Sinestra spa hotel. In summer, a post bus connection also brings us to the valley, with which one can save a good 1.5 hours. Passing the Val Sinestra spa house, the trail continues to Vnà, where there are refreshment stops and overnight accommodations. Across a sparse forest and meadow landscape you reach the two former hamlets of Chant Sura and Chant Dadaint. Before crossing the Val Ruinains, the path climbs a bit more. On a scenic path we finish the last stretch and arrive in Tschlin, situated high above the valley floor.

 

Stage 12 Tschlin - Mundaditschas - Vadrain - Pra da la Zipla - Vinadi (ascent 235m, descent 668m, duration 3.30 hrs. )

From Tschlin the last stage of the Via Engiadina continues to Vinadi. Through the forests of Valsot across open meadows. From Alp Vadrain a path leads via La Vota more or less along the contour line to Pra d'Arsüra below Motta Mundin (2138m). Now the trail descends steeply along a narrow path in the notorious avalanche slopes of Val Mundin in a rather rocky landscape. From the clearing Pra da Zipla the path goes downhill in a less demanding and comfortable way until Vinadi.

 

Waypoints

Zernez - Susch - Lavin - Guarda - Alp Suot - Marangun - Alp Sura - Alp Murtera Dadoura - Ardez - Plan Chamuera - Alp Tasna - Alp Valmala - Alp Laret - Prui - Motta Naluns - (cable car) - Scuol - (cable car) - Motta Naluns - Val Ruschna/Jonvrai - Salez - Vastur - Sent - Val Sinestra - Vnà - Buorcha - Val Ruinains - Tschlin - Vadrain - Pra da la Zipla - Vinadi.

Note

Wildlife refuge La Tulaida / Clüs / Chanouva: December 20 - April 20
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart, Upper and Lower Engadine) hourly to Zernez.
  • With the PostBus from Val Müstair, Upper Engadine and Mals hourly to Zernez.
  • With the PostBus from Davos several times a day to Zernez (seasonal line, only in summer).

Getting there

  • From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) or via the Flüela Pass into the Lower Engadine on H27.
  • From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of St. Moritz on H27
  • From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27

Zernez is located directly on the Ofenpass and on the Engadin road H27 (10 minutes drive from Vereina south portal)

Parking

  • Free parking at the train station, in the village and at the National Park Visitor Center in Zernez.
  • Paid parking at the train station in Lavin or at the Hotel Bär & Post.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'802'769E 1'175'266N
DD
46.697767, 10.090234
DMS
46°41'52.0"N 10°05'24.8"E
UTM
32T 583351 5172156
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo 1:25‘000
- Zernez 1218 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01218-6
- Scuol 1199 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01199-8
- Samnaun ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01179-0

 

Equipment

High and stable hiking shoes or boots, warm cloths, sun protection and rain cover. Furthermore hiking sticks, flied glass and official hiking maps are recommended.

Questions and answers

Question from Muriel Biollaz · June 06, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, avez-vous des offres de séjour randonnée avec guide et randonneurs de divers horizons pouvant s'inscrire ? ou vos offres concernent uniquement des randonneurs individuels ou groupes déjà formés?
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Allegra, stimada duonna Biollaz Grazcha fichun – merci beaucoup pour votre message. Nous avons surtout des suggestions de randonnées, qui sont sans guide. Toutefois, certains conseils de vacances sont guidés et un guide peut également être organisé à titre privé. Veuillez contacter notre service d'information aux visiteurs Scuol via info@engadin.com. Ils se feront un plaisir de vous aider. Amiaivels salüds, votre région de vacances en Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
Question from Catherine GILLIÉRON · May 01, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, pouvez-vous svpl me faire une offre pour 4 adultes (et 1 chien) pour faire la via Engiadina de Zernez à Tschlin, la dernière semaine de juin, avec hébergement, demi-pension et transport des bagages inclus? Merci d'avance et meilleures salutations.
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Allegra stimada duonna Gilliéron Grazcha fichun – merci beaucoup pour votre message. Veuillez adresser votre demande directement au bureau d'information des visiteurs afin qu'il vous envoie les documents pertinents. Vous pouvez contacter les collègues par courrier électronique à l'adresse info@engadin.com. Merci beaucoup et déjà un bon moment dans notre région de vacances Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
100.3 km
Duration
30:00 h
Ascent
4,500 m
Descent
5,000 m
Public-transport-friendly Point to Point Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip

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  • 7 Stages
Top easy Stage 1
12.2 km
3:30 h
371 m
413 m

Leisurely hike on the Via Engiadina along the Inn and then up to the stage destination Lavin.

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Top moderate Stage 2
13.3 km
5:00 h
969 m
746 m

Hike high above the valley from Val Lavinouz to the Schellenursli village of Guarda.

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Top moderate Stage 3
13.8 km
4:45 h
627 m
848 m

From Guarda follow the trail briefly through thesurrounding forest before continuing through the alpinemeadows to Alp Suot. This is a beautiful ...

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Top moderate Stage 4
13.6 km
4:45 h
817 m
184 m

Toughest hiking stage of the Via Engiadina, but also one of the most beautiful trails. Best place for a stop is the Alp Laret. Here you can taste ...

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Top moderate Stage 5
12.3 km
3:30 h
156 m
791 m

Rather easy high-altitude hike on the sunny side of the Lower Engadine down to the picture-book village of Sent. 

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Top moderate Stage 6 closed
16.5 km
5:00 h
553 m
467 m

The three intact Engadin villages Sent, Vnà and Tschlin as well as the valley communities Val Sinestra and Val Ruinains form the natural and ...

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Top moderate Stage 7
11.9 km
3:30 h
255 m
673 m

The last partial stage of the «Via Engiadina» through the forests and the partly rocky landscape in the valleys between Tschlin and Vinadi.

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