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Via Engiadina Long-Distance Hiking Path

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Via Engiadina panoramic hike: Hike in three stages on the winter hiking trail of the Via Engiadina from Zernez to Sent.
Distance 46.8 km
14:30 h
1,807 m
1,864 m
This high-altitude hike in the Lower Engadine leads you along the sunny side of the valley through authentic Engadine villages such as Guarda, Ardez or Sent. You will enjoy varied day hikes and magnificent panoramic views of the Lower Engadine Dolomites. 

Author’s recommendation

The Via Engiadina is characterised by the fact that many of the best preserved Engadine villages are strung together along its route like a string of pearls. A special charm results from the small but subtle differences from village to village. If you look closely and compare them, you will recognise the characteristic of each individual town. If time permits, we recommend a guided tour of Guarda, Ardez, Scuol, Sent or Susch. Additional highlights along the route are the castle hill of the Steinsberg ruins in Ardez or a sledge ride from the Ftan-Prui chairlift. In Sent it is worth taking the time to walk through the village with its sweeping squares and look up at the sky. The famous Sent gables date back to the end of the 18th century, when many villagers abroad (mostly in Italy and Austria) hoped for a better economic life as confectioners and, by returning, shaped the western Tyrolean flair of the village.
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Update: October 05, 2021
Highest point
2,301 m
Lowest point
1,280 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, the current snow and weather conditions must be observed before starting.


The trail passes through wildlife rest areas, please do not leave forest trails.The trail runs partly on cross-country ski trails and ski slopes - please walk along the edge of the trails/slopes.The km figures for the route include the ascent Scuol - Motta Naluns.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips and hints



Zernez train station (1,470 m)
2'802'772E 1'175'279N
46.697890, 10.090285
46°41'52.4"N 10°05'25.0"E
32T 583355 5172169


PostBus stop Sent, Plaz

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1, Zernez - Susch - Lavin - Guarda:

From Susch to Sur Punt and the eastern edge of the village.

Follow the path across the fields and through the forest

At Lavin cross the Inn over the wooden bridge

Cross the village to the church

At the church through the subway

Follow the path past Gonda to Guarda

Stage 2, Guarda - Ardez:

Cross Guarda from west to east

Continue on the old Engadine road to Bos-cha

Slightly downhill to Ardez

3rd stage, Ardez - Ftan - Scuol:

Follow the main road in an easterly direction

Turn left at the edge of the village

Pass the schoolhouse and take two bends to the junction

Follow hiking trail towards Chanoua

Ascent to Chanoua

Follow the road for approx. 2km

Turn off into the forest before the Hotel Paradies

Follow the path via the old mill and over the hill to Ftan

Go up through the village and follow the winter hiking trail towards Scuol

4th stage, Scuol - Sent:

From the Motta Naluns mountain station, follow the winter hiking trail uphill parallel to the ski slope

Follow the trail

Cross the pistes at Jonvrai

Follow the signs towards Sent

At the Sömi Bar descend to Sent (off-piste)


Wildlife refuge God Chapisun: December 21 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport


  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart, Upper and Lower Engadine) hourly to Zernez.
  • By PostBus from Val Müstair, Upper Engadine and Mals hourly to Zernez

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
  • Zernez is located directly on the Ofenpass and on the Engadine road H27 (10 minutes drive from Vereina south portal)


  • Free parking at the railway station, in the village and at the National Park Visitor Centre in Zernez.
  • Paid parking at the railway station in Lavin or at the Hotel Bär & Post in Zernez.


2'802'772E 1'175'279N
46.697890, 10.090285
46°41'52.4"N 10°05'25.0"E
32T 583355 5172169
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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
  • Blister kit
  • 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Julia Geb · February 12, 2020 · Community
Kann man im winter auch von sent nach tschlin weiterwandern? Würdn gerne 5 Tage am Stück wandern....
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Answered by Géraldine Lienhard · February 17, 2020 · Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
Allegra stimada duonna Geb Grazcha fichun – herzlichen Dank für die Nachfrage. Im Winter ist die Via Engiadina an sich nur bis Sent geöffnet. Allerdings können die Dörfer von Sent aus mit dem Bus erreicht werden und bieten vor Ort verschiedene weitere Möglichkeiten für Winterwanderungen. Alle Winterwanderungen auf einen Blick finden Sie unter dem folgenden Pfad: -->,sb-sortedBy-0&ov=winter_alpine&zc=13,10.36911,46.85531 Wir hoffen, dass Ihnen diese ebenfalls zusagen und wünschen Ihnen schon jetzt viel Vergnügen auf den Touren im Unterengadin. Amiaivels salüds, Ihre Ferienregion Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
Question from René Farine · January 26, 2020 · Community
Warum ist die Winterstrecke Motta Naluns -Sent gesperrt? Ich war vergangene Woche auf Urlaub in Scuol. Hat mich ein wenig genervt. Wird diese Sperre bald aufgehoben? Gruss René
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Answered by Géraldine Lienhard · January 28, 2020 · Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
Allegra Herr Farine Herzlichen Dank für Ihre Nachricht. Wir können gut verstehen, dass dies sehr ärgerlich für Sie war. Die Situation des Winterwanderweges von Jonvrai nach Sent ist leider ähnlich wie letztes Jahr. Im Bereich Siert kam es in den letzten Wochen immer wieder zu Schneerutschen. Solche Gleitschneelawinen sind nicht von Temperatur, Sonne oder anderen mess- und erfassbaren Faktoren abhängig und können daher jederzeit abgehen. Aufgrund des hohen Risikos und um Ihre Sicherheit zur gewährleisten, haben die Bergbahnen den Winterwanderweg nach Sent vorerst gesperrt. Die Situation wird jedoch täglich neu analysiert und beurteilt. Damit Sie Ihre Wanderungen aber trotzdem entsprechend planen können, empfehlen wir Ihnen jeweils einen Blick in den Wintersportbericht zu werfen: Wir hoffen, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt trotzdem geniessen konnten und würden uns freuen, Sie schon bald wieder in unserer Region begrüssen zu dürfen. Amiaivels salüds, Ihre Ferienregion Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair


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46.8 km
14:30 h
1,807 m
1,864 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Cableway ascent/descent Groomed snow


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Erste Etappe der Winterwanderung Via Engiadina.  Ab Zernez flach entlang dem Inn über Susch bis Lavin und dann hoch zum Terrassendorf Guarda.    

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Descent 238 m

Zweite Etappe der mehrtägigen Winterwanderung Via Engiadina. Vom Terrassendorf Guarda führt der Weg aussichtsreich über Bos-cha bis Ardez.

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Descent 414 m

Dritte Etappe der mehrtägigen Winterwanderung Via Engiadina. Ab Ardez auf alten Pfaden vorbei an historischen Bauten und Ruinen nach Ftan und ...

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Aussichtsreiche Höhenwanderung durch das Schneesportgebiet und an den sonnigen Flanken des Piz Champatsch bis zum Zuckerbäckerdorf Sent.

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