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National Park: Animal Paradise Murtersattel

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  • Sonnenaufgang auf der Alp Murter mit Blick in die Val Sassa und zum Piz Quattervals.
    / Sonnenaufgang auf der Alp Murter mit Blick in die Val Sassa und zum Piz Quattervals.
    Photo: Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Hans Lozza, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
  • / Der Murtersattel bietet einen wunderbaren Ausblick über das Ofenpassgebiet. Rechts der Munt la Schera.
    Photo: Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Hans Lozza, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
  • / Im Abstieg vom Murtersattel dominiert der Munt la Schera vor uns. Wir tauchen zuerst ein in den Legföhrengürtel, dann in einen reinen Lärchen- und schliesslich in einen Arven-Lärchenwald.
    Photo: Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Hans Lozza, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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Classic national park hike with numerous opportunities for wildlife observation, a species-rich flora, geological features and a varied hiking terrain. From the unspoilt Val Cluozza, the hike leads over Murter saddle into Spöltal.
moderate
Distance 15.5 km
7:15 h
1,543 m
1,245 m
With this hike, the tour from Zernez to Chamanna Cluozza can be extended to an attractive round trip. Leisurely hikers are welcome to stay overnight. On the way, the Murter saddle is not only one of the best points for observing animals in the National Park, but also offers an excellent panorama and a view of the plateau with dinosaur tracks on Piz dal Diavel. The trail is interesting, especially during the descent, it is a challenge for the knees and requires sure-footedness and concentrated walking in some exposed areas.

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 www.nationalpark.ch/en/visit/hiking/protection-regulations/

Author’s recommendation

If you have problems with long descents, it is better to take the route in the opposite direction and spend the night in Chamanna Cluozza.
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Author
- Schweizerischer Nationalpark (Hans Lozza) / - Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair (dt)
Update: August 10, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2,547 m
Lowest point
1,468 m
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Safety information

Mountain hike (white-red-white). Long and partly steep descent. Surefootedness is required. On the saddle it is usually windy.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips and hints

www.nationalpark.ch 

Start

Zernez train station (1,471 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'802'771E 1'175'282N
DD
46.697914, 10.090268
DMS
46°41'52.5"N 10°05'25.0"E
UTM
32T 583354 5172172
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Destination

Postbus stop Vallun Chafuol (P3) (1766 m a.s.l.).

Turn-by-turn directions

From Zernez railway station (1474 m a.s.l.) through the Val Cluozza to the Chamanna Cluozza (see route "Chamanna Cluozza"). There you have the possibility to stay overnight. Be sure to book early (www.cluozza.ch / Tel. +41 (0)81 856 12 35)!

In the morning from the Chamanna Cluozza (1882 m a.s.l.) through pine-larch forest and later through pine fields uphill. At 2200 m a.s.l. through a steep scree trough - a fixed rope provides support here - and then across the alpine pastures of the Murter. Cattle used to graze here, but today numerous marmots, which are ideal to observe, inhabit the area near the path. At the level of the ruins of the old alpine building, the dinosaur tracks on the Piz dal Diavel can be spotted with good binoculars. Shortly afterwards, the trail reaches the Murtersattel (2545 m a.s.l.), where a brisk wind often blows. Now the view opens up to the Spöltal valley and the Engadine Dolomites. The descent begins steeply and on Plan dals Poms leads past ruins of former alpine buildings once again. After this terrace, the seemingly endless zigzag path begins through stands of Scots pine and later through a magnificent larch, stone pine, spruce and pine forest. At the clearing of Plan Praspöl (1690 m a.s.l.) the valley floor is almost reached. Only 10 more minutes to the bridge over the Spöl, where the final ascent to the post bus stop Vallun Chafuol/P3 begins.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  •  By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Prättigau, Upper and Lower Engadine) hourly to Zernez

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 Engadine road H27.

Parking

  •  Free parking at the railway station, in the village and at the National Park Visitor Centre in Zernez.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'802'771E 1'175'282N
DD
46.697914, 10.090268
DMS
46°41'52.5"N 10°05'25.0"E
UTM
32T 583354 5172172
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderführer durch den Schweizerischen Nationalpark www.nationalpark.ch

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Nationalpark 1:50'000 (Eigenverlag Schweizerischer Nationalpark) SwissTopo 1:25‘000 - Zernez 1218 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01218-6

Equipment

Hiking boots or mountain boots, warm clothing, sun and rain protection, walking sticks if required, binoculars recommended.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.5 km
Duration
7:15 h
Ascent
1,543 m
Descent
1,245 m
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