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Sent - Val Sinestra (Return Route)

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    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Andrea Badrutt, Chur
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    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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Varied winter hike along a wide road suitable for prams. First through open terrain with views of the Inn, Sur En and the Lower Engadine Dolomites, then through the snow-covered forest into Val Sinestra to the Val Sinestra Hotel.
moderate
Distance 13 km
4:15 h
226 m
226 m
1,571 m
1,435 m
The tour starts on a slightly ascending road from the exit of Sent (1440 metres above sea level). The path first leads along a tree-lined avenue toward the east. Here you can enjoy beautiful views into the valley, where the Inn meanders leisurely through the river bed and Piz Lischana is enthroned on the opposite side of the valley. From the PostBus stop Sent, Tschern (closed in winter; please note that the path is closed from here if there is danger of avalanches), the path is relatively flat but continues along the road through the forest to the Val Sinestra Hotel via a few bends. The former spa hotel is embedded in the steep slopes of the valley, where the Brancla has eroded deep into the earth's surface over the centuries. It is worth taking a look inside the hotel, as the whole building still presents itself in the architectural style of the early 20th century. A little below the former spa house, directly on the banks of the river, you will find the affiliated mountain inn. The Bündnerstube is open during the winter months, where you can have coffee or tea in self-service. We return to Sent along the same route (from Sent half-hourly connections back to Scuol). There are various paths to follow in Sent at the end of the magical route.

Author’s recommendation

In Sent it is worth taking a few minutes to walk through the village with its inviting squares and look up to the sky. The famous Sent gables date back to the 19th century, when many villagers abroad (mostly in Italy and Austria) hoped for a better economic life as confectioners and thus shaped the West Tyrolean flair of this village.

In Sent it is worth taking a few minutes to walk through the village with its inviting squares and look up to the sky. The famous Sent gables date back to the 19th century, when many villagers abroad (mostly in Italy and Austria) hoped for a better economic life as confectioners and thus shaped the West Tyrolean flair of this village.

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Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG (nm)
Update: December 17, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,571 m
Lowest point
1,435 m
Best time of year
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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 leads through game rest zones, please do not leave forest paths.

Attention: From the PostBus stop Sent Tschern (entrance forest) there is a barrier that closes the winter hiking trail in case of avalanche danger. Do not enter the trail under any circumstances when the barrier is closed.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips and hints

www.engadin.com
Informationen zu Sent: www.sent-online.ch

Start

PostBus stop Sent, Plaz (1,440 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'820'955E 1'189'163N
DD
46.816920, 10.334556
DMS
46°49'00.9"N 10°20'04.4"E
UTM
32T 601805 5185684
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Destination

PostBus stop Sent, Plaz

Turn-by-turn directions

From the PostBus stop, head east to the village exit

Follow the road along an avenue of trees

From the PostBus stop Sent, Tschern, follow the road in the direction of Sinestra.

Same way back as outward

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or from the Upper Engadine) hourly to Scuol-Tarasp station.
  • Continue by PostBus to the PostBus stop Sent, Plaz

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

Sent can be reached from the Engadine road H27 from Scuol or Crusch in 5 minutes by car.

Parking

  • Paid parking on the eastern (below the cemetery) and western edge of Sent (multi-storey car park).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'820'955E 1'189'163N
DD
46.816920, 10.334556
DMS
46°49'00.9"N 10°20'04.4"E
UTM
32T 601805 5185684
w3w 
///butterfly.denote.reported
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
moderate
Distance
13 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
226 m
Descent
226 m
Highest point
1,571 m
Lowest point
1,435 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Suitable for strollers Groomed snow

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