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Zernez – Costetta (BP)

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Entertaining tour around Zernez and over Costetta from where you can see over the whole village.
moderate
Distance 6.8 km
1:45 h
106 m
106 m
1,562 m
1,462 m
This circular hike of up to 7 km around Zernez can be started from various points. It leads around the entire village up to the church of San Bastian and Costetta, from where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the snow-covered holiday village. This winter hiking trail is ideal for a leisurely walk and can also be done with children, as the hike can be interrupted at any time.

Author’s recommendation

Zernez is fascinating not only as the gateway to the National Park, but also with its authentic Engadine architecture and way of life. 
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Update: December 17, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,562 m
Lowest point
1,462 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, 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

engadin.com 

engadin.com/zernez–costetta–bp

Start

Zernez, entry at the Zernez sports and cross-country centre in the village centre (bus stop Center Parc Naziunal - line 811 and 815 or bus stop Zernez scoula - line 7 and 17) (1,476 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'803'184E 1'175'338N
DD
46.698295, 10.095683
DMS
46°41'53.9"N 10°05'44.5"E
UTM
32T 583767 5172220
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Destination

Zernez, entry at the Zernez sports and cross-country centre in the village centre (bus stop Center Parc Naziunal - line 811 and 815 or bus stop Zernez scoula - line 7 and 17)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zernez sports centre - Ratò - Prà da Punt - Tantermüers - Champatsch - Peidra - Madinas - Cul - Vallainas - Sur Baselgia - Muottas

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau, Scuol or Upper Engadine) hourly to Zernez.
  • By post bus to the Parc Naziunal stop in Zernez (several times a day) or Engadin Bus to the Zernez scoula stop (lines 7 and 17).

Getting there

  • From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) 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 directly on the Engadine road H27 (15 minutes from Vereina south portal)

Parking

  • Free parking available at the Center da Sport (Urtatsch 147A)
  • Free parking at the PP Allosai on Via Suot

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'803'184E 1'175'338N
DD
46.698295, 10.095683
DMS
46°41'53.9"N 10°05'44.5"E
UTM
32T 583767 5172220
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Winter map Engadin Scuol (available at the guest information). 

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
6.8 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
106 m
Descent
106 m
Highest point
1,562 m
Lowest point
1,462 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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