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Lavin – Guarda

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  • View down the valley from Gonda
    View down the valley from Gonda
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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An entertaining hike from Lavin up to Guarda, with its beautiful views. Thanks to the topographical location, you have the Lower Engadine Dolomites in view throughout the hike.
moderate
Distance 4 km
1:15 h
251 m
27 m
1,655 m
1,418 m
From the station in the direction of the church to the eastern exit of the village, the path leads to a subway. This crosses under the railway line and the Engadin road. The steady incline first leads past the last two Lavin farms to the first hill, where the path divides. Both paths lead to Guarda, the one on the left continues on a steady incline, the one on the right goes straight on at first flat and in a few curves following the slope, before it then joins the upper winter hiking trail again via a somewhat larger incline. Almost exactly halfway between Lavin and Guarda (after the short forest section) is the former settlement of Gonda. After another ascent over the terraced slopes, the trail turns left to the bridge over the Clozza mountain stream, which at this point also forms the municipal boundary between the two large municipalities of Zernez and Scuol. The trail then joins the road and leads to the entrance to Guarda. 

Author’s recommendation

A tour of Guarda with its beautiful Engadine houses and squares is definitely recommended, however.
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Update: May 18, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,655 m
Lowest point
1,418 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 25.09%Dirt road 65.74%Nature trail 9.19%
Asphalt
1 km
Dirt road
2.6 km
Nature trail
0.4 km
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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: At the beginning of the trail (after the last farm in Lavin) there is a barrier that closes the winter hiking trail in case of avalanches. Do not under any circumstances enter the trail when the barrier is closed.

 

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call.

Tips and hints

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Start

Lavin train station (1,429 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'804'098E 1'183'302N
DD
46.769606, 10.111178
DMS
46°46'10.6"N 10°06'40.2"E
UTM
32T 584840 5180161
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Destination

PostBus stop Guarda, cumün

Turn-by-turn directions

  • From Lavin station through the subway
  • Turn right onto the hiking trail towards Guarda
  • Pass the ruins of Gonda
  • Continue along the path
  • Turn left and cross the stream
  • Continue to Guarda

Note

Wildlife refuge God Chapisun: December 21 - April 30
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

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 towards St. Moritz on H27From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27

Lavin is located directly on the Engadine road H27 (2 minutes drive from Veraina south portal)

Parking

  • Paid parking at the railway station in Lavin

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'804'098E 1'183'302N
DD
46.769606, 10.111178
DMS
46°46'10.6"N 10°06'40.2"E
UTM
32T 584840 5180161
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Lavin village brochure (available at the guest information desk)

Author’s map recommendations

Engadin Scuol winter map (available at the guest information desk)

Equipment

High and sturdy hiking boots or winter boots, warm clothing, sun protection, hiking poles, as needed: sledge for the return trip.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
251 m
Descent
27 m
Highest point
1,655 m
Lowest point
1,418 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Botanical highlights Suitable for strollers Groomed snow Linear route

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