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Lavin - Giarsun - Guarda Bahnhof

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Pleasant winter hike over the Inn plains between Lavin and Giarsun.
easy
Distance 3.9 km
1:15 h
106 m
111 m
1,440 m
1,367 m
From the Lavin train station you walk through the village down to the Inn bridge. Immediately after crossing the Inn, the path branches off to the left. Through a small forest you reach the wide plains along the Inn. The path continues with easy ascents and descents back into the forest and below Giarsun you cross the Inn once more. The last section of the path leads through the hamlet of Giarsun and finally to the Guarda train station.

Author’s recommendation

On the opposite side of the valley and in addition to the highest mountain in the Lower Engadine, Piz Linard (above Lavin), you can also see Piz Chapisun, on whose summit and pre-peak you will notice avalanche masts on closer inspection. These allow a controlled blasting of the snowfields on the steep flanks of Piz Chapisun to protect the train tracks and road below. Just above the train tracks, the ruins of Gonda are visible (elevations in the snow). 
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Update: December 17, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,440 m
Lowest point
1,367 m
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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, the current snow and weather conditions must be observed before starting.

Attention: the trail partly runs on cross-country ski trails - please walk on the edge of the trails.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips and hints

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Start

Lavin railway station (1,429 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'804'097E 1'183'301N
DD
46.769603, 10.111171
DMS
46°46'10.6"N 10°06'40.2"E
UTM
32T 584839 5180160
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Destination

Lavin railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

  • From Lavin railway station through the village down to the Inn.
  • Cross the Inn and turn left
  • Follow the path to Giarsun
  • Cross the Inn
  • Walk through Giarsun and continue to Guarda station

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau, from the Upper Engadine or Scuol) hourly to Lavin

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

Lavin is located directly on the Engadine road H27 (5 minutes' drive from Vereina south portal).

Parking

Paid parking at the railway station in Lavin

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'804'097E 1'183'301N
DD
46.769603, 10.111171
DMS
46°46'10.6"N 10°06'40.2"E
UTM
32T 584839 5180160
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Winterkarte Engadin Scuol (an der Gäste-Information erhältlich)

Equipment

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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.9 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
106 m
Descent
111 m
Highest point
1,440 m
Lowest point
1,367 m
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