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National Park: Peaceful Hike through the Spöltal Valley

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  • Der Spöl schlängelt sich durch die Wälder des gleichnamigen Tales.
    / Der Spöl schlängelt sich durch die Wälder des gleichnamigen Tales.
    Photo: Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Hans Lozza, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
  • / Das Ausgleichsbecken Ova Spin erinnert an einen Fiord.
    Photo: Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Hans Lozza, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
  • / Statt nach La Drossa kann die Wanderung auch weiter dem Spöl entlang bis zur Staumauer Punt dal Gall führen.
    Photo: Schweizerischer Nationalpark, Hans Lozza, Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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Leisurely hike for connoisseurs who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the classic national park trails and instead experience the power of the water and the tranquillity of the forest. A beautiful tour through the valley of the Spöl even in bad weather.
moderate
Distance 7.6 km
3:30 h
250 m
250 m
A rarely undertaken and therefore quiet hike through a secluded spruce-larch-pine forest with magnificent individual trees, mostly near the Spölbach. Along the route you can observe the varied birdlife. If you are lucky, you might discover a dipper on a dive. The field name "Charbunera" indicates that charcoal was produced here before the National Park was founded.

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

From Charbunera, the hike can be extended via Alp la Schera (see route "Alp la Schera").
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Author
- Schweizerischer Nationalpark (Hans Lozza) / - Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair (dt)
Update: July 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,831 m
Lowest point
1,644 m
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Safety information

Easy hike in the forest along the Spölbach stream. Also suitable for children from the age of 8.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips and hints

www.nationalpark.ch 

Start

PostBus stop Vallun Chafuol P3 (1,768 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'809'043E 1'171'584N
DD
46.662729, 10.170539
DMS
46°39'45.8"N 10°10'13.9"E
UTM
32T 589549 5168350
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Destination

PostBus stop Punt la Drossa P4

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike begins at car park 3 and the post bus stop Vallun Chafuol (P3) (1766 m a.s.l.) on the Ofenpass road. The trail descends to the bridge over the Ova Spin equalisation basin and climbs again on the other side to the Plan Praspöl clearing (1690 m a.s.l.). There the route branches off to the south. For a long time it goes up and down on a narrow path through a spruce-larch-pine forest, always accompanied by new views of the course of the Spöl river. After crossing the stream from Val da la Föglia, you reach the clearing of Plan da l'Acqua Suot, where, with a bit of luck, red deer can be seen grazing. At Punt Periv, the trail changes to the other side of the Spös and then climbs towards the north. Soon there is a fork (1720 m a.s.l.), here you could also choose the path to Punt dal Gall (dam of the Livigno reservoir) as a variant. From Punt dal Gall the Silvestri bus from Livigno returns to Zernez (Swiss tickets valid). Without a variant, the trail continues northwards, through the forest of La Schera, to the Charbunera, a small saddle between the Munt la Schera and the small Piz la Schera. In the past, wood piles were piled up here and charcoal was produced. At the following fork, the trail continues northeast and leaves the valley of the Spöls. Instead, the Ova dal Fuorn now accompanies the hikers with its roar. The destination of the hike, the customs house of Punt la Drossa with the post bus stop of the same name (1704 m above sea level), soon becomes visible.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Prättigau, Upper and Lower Engadine) hourly to Zernez.
  • From Zernez by PostBus in the direction of Müstair-Mals hourly to Vallun Chafuol (P3) and Punt la Drossa (P4)

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) into the Lower Engadine on H27
  • From Zernez on Ofenpassstrasse in the direction of Val Müstair to car park 3
  • From Val Müstair over the Ofenpass towards Zernez to car park 3

Parking

  • Free parking at the railway station, in the village and at the National Park Visitor Centre in Zernez.
  • Free parking at car parks 3 and 4 on the Ofenpass road.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'809'043E 1'171'584N
DD
46.662729, 10.170539
DMS
46°39'45.8"N 10°10'13.9"E
UTM
32T 589549 5168350
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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 - Piz Quattervals 1238 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01238-4 - Zernez 1218 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01218-6

Equipment

Walking shoes, warm clothes, sun and rain protection.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.6 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
250 m
Descent
250 m
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