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Ftan – Mot Morel – Nalains (BP)

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  • Ftan im Winter
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    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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The circular hike without steep climbs leads over sunny southern slopes from Ftan eastwards and backwards and offers a permanent view over Tarasp to the Lower Engadine Dolomites.
Distance 5.5 km
1:45 h
181 m
181 m
1,778 m
1,637 m
From the visitor information centre at the PostBus stop Ftan, cumün, the route takes you up to the valley station of the Ftan Pitschen chairlift, past it and the car park to the first turnoff directly above the car park. Here the route leads right down to Ftan Pitschen, and east through the upper part of Ftan Pitschen. After the ascent from Munt Fallun to the last farm at the northeastern end of Ftan, the route turns right at the turnoff to Mot Morel and continues toward Scuol until below Nalains. The bench at the turn-off offers extensive views over Tarasp and the Lower Engadine Dolomites, Val Plavna and Val S-charl. Here the route branches off to the left off the hiking trail to Scuol, up to Nalains, where the high-voltage power lines are passed underneath again. To the left, or below the individual houses of Nalains, the route follows the path back to Ftan. On the way back from Ftan Pitschen to Ftan Grond we recommend that you cross Ftan Pitschen. This part of the village has a very well preserved traditional centre with venerable Engadine houses, so it is best to include it in the hike and cross it while walking toward Ftan Grond. At the cheese dairy and the village shop, the route branches off to the right and you reach the schoolhouse via an alley. Afterwards you return to the road between the Ftan-Prui chairlift and the PostBus stop Ftan, cumün.

Author’s recommendation

About the history and the naming: Ftan was divided into two parts by a great avalanche in 1682. The big avalanche between Chaposch in Ftan Pitschen and Jordan in Ftan Grond is called "La Lavina" and still reminds us of the year of the catastrophe. In 1720 another large avalanche came down over the Mugliner area in Ftan Grond. The large catchment area between Mot da l'Hom and Piz Clünas is now secured, as can be seen from the numerous avalanche barriers and the protection forest above Prui.
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Update: December 17, 2021
Highest point
1,778 m
Lowest point
1,637 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The trail is groomed after each snowfall. Please note the condition reports in the winter sports report. The tour was assessed in favourable weather conditions, current snow and weather conditions must be noted before starting.

Emergency call:

  • 144 Emergency call, first aid
  • 1414 Mountain rescue REGA
  • 112 International emergency call

Tips and hints


PostAuto-Haltestelle Ftan,cumün (1,640 m)
2'814'359E 1'186'332N
46.793627, 10.246848
46°47'37.1"N 10°14'48.7"E
32T 595156 5182985


PostAuto-Haltestelle Ftan,cumün

Turn-by-turn directions

From Ftan cumün to the valley station of the chairlift

Pass the valley station and the car park

Turn right at the junction above the car park

Cross the road and from the fountain Bügl sura cross Ftan Pitschen to the east

After the last farm, turn right at the fork towards Mot Morel

Continue towards Scuol until Nalains

Turn left towards Nalains

Cross under the high-voltage power lines

Return towards Ftan

Walk through Ftan Pitschen

Continue to Ftan Grond

Turn right at the cheese dairy and the village shop

Continue to the schoolhouse and the PostBus stop


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Prättigau or Upper Engadine) or by PostBus (from Martina, Sent or Tarasp) hourly to Scuol-Tarasp station.
  • Direct hourly PostBus connection from Scuol-Tarasp bsi to the PostBus stop Ftan, cumün.

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

Ftan can be reached from the Engadine road H27 from Ardez or from the western end of the village of Scuol in 10 minutes by car (25 minutes drive from Veraina south portal).


  • Paid parking in Ftan at the valley station of the Ftan-Prui chairlift.
  • Free parking at the Kinderland Sainas, at the guest information and Ftan-Pitschen entrance.


2'814'359E 1'186'332N
46.793627, 10.246848
46°47'37.1"N 10°14'48.7"E
32T 595156 5182985
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Ortsbroschüre Ftan (

Author’s map recommendations

Winterkarte Engadin Scuol (an der Gäste-Information erhältlich)


High and sturdy hiking boots or winter boots, warm clothing, sun cream, sunglasses, sunscreen, hiking poles.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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5.5 km
1:45 h
181 m
181 m
Highest point
1,778 m
Lowest point
1,637 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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