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National Parc: Val Mingèr - Val Plavna - Tarasp

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    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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Through the original Val Mingèr and the Val Plavna to Tarasp. 2nd stage of the Via Natürala. 
moderate
17.4 km
6:30 h
729 m
972 m
The PostBus takes you from S-charl to Val Mingèr in a few minutes. At the valley entrance of Val Mingèr, the path leads over the dam wall directly into the national park. On the left, caves appear as if carved in stone, the head of a witch can be made out. Idyllically, along the course of the stream, the path goes uphill to the resting place Punt Mingèr. The meadow of this resting place is home to many marmots, while on the opposite slope many deer often graze, especially later in the summer. The path goes west to the Sur il Foss crossing. From here the path leads steadily downhill to Alp Plavna and further out the long Val Plavna towards Tarasp. The plain near Pradatsch, also called "la Sahara", has its very own charm. The stream is often not visible here under the scree - you can only hear it rushing below you. As soon as the forest becomes denser, the Alp Laisch appears. From here on, the trail descends steadily, past Resgia Plavna via God Plan to the hike's destination in Tarasp Fontana (PostBus connection to Scuol every hour).

 

Note:

Dogs are not allowed in the Swiss National Park, not even on a leash. Further information on this and all protection regulations can be found at nationalpark.ch/protection-regulations.

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Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
Updated: December 30, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,333 m
Lowest point
1,404 m
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Safety information

The tour was evaluated in favorable weather conditions, the current weather conditions and weather forecasts must be strictly observed before starting the tour. This hike requires elementary alpine experience, orientation skills, hiking boots are recommended.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency, First Aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips, hints and links

Discover on foot the highlights from Müstair to Samnaun in 6 day hikes.

Start

PostBus stop Scuol, Val Mingèr (1,650 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'819'093E 1'179'494N
DD
46.730619, 10.305543
DMS
46°43'50.2"N 10°18'20.0"E
UTM
32T 599751 5176057
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Destination

PostBus stop Tarasp, Fontana

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the PostBus stop Scuol, Val Mingèr. Cross the weir into Val Mingèr; follow the path to Alp Mingèr and the Mingèr rest area. Pass Sur il Foss (2'317 m a.s.l.) into Val Plavna. At point 2337 descend towards Alp Plavna, follow the path out of the valley to point 1833, here stay on the path to Alp Laisch. From here on, the trail descends steadily, past Resgia Plavna via God Plan to the destination of the hike in Tarasp, Fontana.

Note

Wildlife refuge Crap Putèr - Munt la Bescha: December 20 - April 20
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or from the Upper Engadin) hourly to Scuol-Tarasp station.
  • With the PostBus (from Martina, Sent, Ftan or Tarasp) hourly to the station Scuol-Tarasp
  • Continue by PostBus with hourly connection to the PostBus stop Scuol, Val Mingèr

Getting there

  • From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) or via the Flüela pass to Scuol. The summer village S-charl can be reached from Scuol in about 25 minutes.
  • From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of Scuol and then also turn into the side valley Val S-charl.

 

Due to the partly narrow road conditions we recommend to travel from Scuol to S-charl by PostBus.

Parking

  • Chargeable parking in Scuol and S-charl
  • Free parking in Tarasp Fontna

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'819'093E 1'179'494N
DD
46.730619, 10.305543
DMS
46°43'50.2"N 10°18'20.0"E
UTM
32T 599751 5176057
w3w 
///smarter.trackers.matrons
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Swisstopo 1:25'000 - Samnaun 1179: ISBN number: 978-3-302-01179-0 Hiking map 1:60'000 - Lower Engadin National Park - Val Müstair: ISBN number: 978-3-259-00892-8

Equipment

Good shoes, rain and sun protection, water bottle, bandages.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.4 km
Duration
6:30h
Ascent
729 m
Descent
972 m
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