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Round Tour to Alp Trida and Alp Bella

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  • Alpstein, Findling unterwegs zur Alp Trida
    / Alpstein, Findling unterwegs zur Alp Trida
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Bei der Alp Bella, Blick auf die Felsformation "Kirchentor"
    Photo: Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Munt da Chierns
    Photo: Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Unterwegs zwischen Samnaun und Alp Bella, Blick auf Piz Mundin
    Photo: Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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Tour to the cow alps of Samnaun, from Unteralp to Alp Trida and on to Alp Bella, one of the highest cow alps in Europe.
Distance 12.1 km
2:00 h
685 m
685 m
2,389 m
1,706 m
The tour begins with a steady ascent from the church St. Jakobus in Samnaun-Compatsch (1,715 m). After a short ascent through a larch forest the view opens up over the Samnaun valley. At Unteralp the Alpstein stands at the edge of the path. This is one of the largest erratic boulders in Switzerland. At Alp Trida the path to Alp Bella branches off to the right. Alp Bella (2,380 m) is one of the highest cow alps in Switzerland and is reached after a further 100 metres in altitude. In July and August the alpine dairymen run a snack station with food and beverages. The return route now leads either directly and steeply along the alpine path back to Unteralp, or slightly flatter along the same path as the ascent.

Author’s recommendation

The area surrounding Alp Trida has numerous attractive single trails and can also be reached by mountain railway from Samnaun-Ravaisch (for overnight guests this also includes the local bus).
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Update: June 14, 2021
Highest point
2,389 m
Lowest point
1,706 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The tour was evaluated in favourable weather conditions, the current weather conditions and weather forecasts must be imperatively observed before the tour start. This tour does not make any special demands on driving safety and technique.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call


Show consideration when crossing and overtaking hikers. Most of the mountain bike routes in Graubünden run on single trails that are also signposted as hiking trails. Hikers always have the right of way.

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Tips and hints


PostBus stop Samnaun-Compatsch, Post (1,711 m)
2'825'481E 1'205'265N
46.960137, 10.401788
46°57'36.5"N 10°24'06.4"E
32T 606650 5201688


PostBus stop Samnaun-Compatsch, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Start at Samnaun-Compatsch, village (1715m) past the church of St. James.
  • Short ascent through larch forest to Vaidum
  • Via Unteralp on to Alp Trida
  • On Alp Trida turn right to Alp Bella (2380m)
  • Return either the same as the outward route or directly to Unteralp (steep alpine path)


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or from the Upper Engadine) hourly to Scuol-Tarasp station.
  • Continue by PostBus (from Scuol-Tarasp, or Martina, cunfin) hourly to PostBus stop Samnaun-Compatsch, village.
  • In Samnaun during the day hourly service with the Samnaunbus

Getting there

  • From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains). Then take the H27 in the direction of Scuol and Martina to Vinadi. At the Vinadi junction continue to Samnaun (approx. 1 hour from Vereina south portal).
  • From the east: via the Inntalstrasse B180 via Landeck to Pfunds, junction Kajetansbrücke and via Spiss to Samnaun.
  • From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders) on B180 to Pfunds, junction Kajetansbrücke and via Spiss to Samnaun.

Please note: If you are travelling to Samnaun, you will need a valid travel document (passport, ID), as you will pass through customs in Martina or Spissermühle.



Free parking in Samnaun-Compatsch at the church and schoo


2'825'481E 1'205'265N
46.960137, 10.401788
46°57'36.5"N 10°24'06.4"E
32T 606650 5201688
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo 1:25‘000 - Samnaun 1179 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01179-0 Supertrail Map 1:50‘000 - Unterengadin/Samnaun: ISBN 978-3-905916-45-4


Helmet, gloves, good shoes, glasses, rain and sun protection, water bottle, repair kit, first aid kit

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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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André Schneiter 
June 14, 2021 · Community
Tour an und für sich schön, aber verkehrte Streckenführung im unteren Teil. Der Aufstieg führt von Km 1.3 bis 1,8 über die steile Skipiste. Richtigerweise sollte bei Km 1.3 rechts abgebogen und die Tour entgegengesetzt hinaufgefahren werden.
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When did you do this route? June 13, 2021

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12.1 km
2:00 h
685 m
685 m
Highest point
2,389 m
Lowest point
1,706 m
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