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A walking guidebook to 100 day walks in the Engadine, Val Bregaglia, neighbouring valleys and the Engadine National Park. Varying from gentle rambles to adventurous high-level routes for the experienced mountain walker. Each route ranges from 2 to 10 miles long, visiting forests and meadows, high mountain landscapes, lakes and passes.
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Lying in the southeastern corner of Switzerland, the Engadine Valley forms a trench almost 100km long. In it, and on hillsides that flank it, there’s something for every walker’s taste: gentle valley rambles for a family outing; craggy mid-mountain walks for the more adventurous; high-level routes that lead across glacier, snowfield and rugged passes for the experienced mountain trekker.
Walks in the Engadine contains detailed route descriptions for 100 day walk routes that vary from 2 to 10 miles in length and that take the walker into secretive inner glens and onto remote alp pastures by-passed by the 21st century. The route cover a variety of terrain from luscious meadows and craggy mountains to glaciers and snowpeaks.
Engadine is a high valley, a valley of contrasts. In the Upper Engadine between Maloja and St Moritz, several large lakes almost fill the valley floor at an altitude of around 1800m while the snow-peaks of the Bernia Alps rise nearby. Shapely mountains like Piz Palü, Bellavista, Piz Roseg and Piz Bernia spawn glaciers that hang like frozen cascades, or spill into side valleys among lengthy walls of moraine. In the Lower Engadine, which runs northeastward and gradually loses altitude between Chinos-chel and Martina, the valley narrows. In places the River Inn squeezes through tight gorges, wild and foaming in cataracts as a fine white-water river.
However, this guidebook is not limited to the Engadine, there are routes in some of its neighbouring valleys too, for each one broadens the walker’s opportunities and adds to the scenic dimension. In the south, for example, at the Engadine’s head where the lake of Sils gives way to meadows around the village of Maloja, a sudden drop over the valley’s lip shows the Maloja Pass writhing its way with countless hairpins into a deep shaft of a valley filled with soft air and warmth of Italy.
Most of the walks described in this guidebook have been chosen with a particular viewpoint, lake, alp hamlet, hut or pass as the destination, while the principal objective of each walk is to enjoy a day’s exercise among stimulating scenery. In order to gain the most from a walking holiday, one needs to be in reasonably good physical condition on arrival.
The walks have been graded into three numerical categories, with the highest grade reserved for the more challenging routes. This grading system is purely subjective and open to argument, but is offered as a rough guide of what to expect. Moderate walks (Grade 1) should appeal to most active members of the family, while the majority of walks are graded 2 or 3, largely as a result of the very nature of the landscape, which can be quite challenging. Most of the paths followed are well maintained, waymarked and signed at junctions with typical Swiss efficiency.
Please note: Route 17 which describes the crossing of Colle Vial between Capanna Sasc Fura and the Sciora Hut has been destroyed by massive rockfall from Piz Cengalo. Further rockfall is expected.
Please note that maps of the following official Swiss survey (Landeskarte der Schweiz) that cover the Val Bernina section of the guidebook (pages 143 - 185) are LS 268T Julier Pass and 269T Passo del Bernina
For the Upper Engadine - Northern Region (pages 186-213), the following maps are appropriate: 258T Bergun and 259T Ofenpass
|Travel within Switzerland|
|Notes for Walkers|
|Suggested Equipment List|
|Using the Guide|
|Grading of Walks|
|Information at a Glance|
|Route 1 Maloja – Lägh da Cavloc (Cavolocciosee) – Maloja|
|Route 2 Maloja – Lägh da Cavloc – Passo del Muretto|
|Route 3 Maloja – Capanna del Forno|
|Route 4 Maloja – Pass Lunghin – Septimer Pass – Casaccia|
|Route 5 Casaccia – Septimer Pass – Bivio|
|Route 6 Casaccia – Septimer Pass – Forcellina Pass – Juf|
|Route 7 Casaccia – Val Maroz – Val da Cam – Soglio|
|Route 8 Casaccia – Val Maroz – Val da la Duana – Pass da la Duana – Soglio|
|Route 9 Casaccia – Roticcio – Durbegia – Soglio|
|Route 10 Casaccia – Barga – Val Furcela – Maroz Dent – Casaccia|
|Route 11 Vicosoprano – Borgonovo – Stampa|
|Route 12 Stampa – Coltura – Soglio|
|Route 13 Soglio – Tombal|
|Route 14 Soglio – Parlongh – Muntac – Coltura – Stampa|
|Route 15 Promontogno – Val Bondasca – Capanna di Sciora|
|Route 16 Promontogno – Capanna Sasc Furä|
|Route 17 Capanna Sasc Furä – Colle Vial – Capanna di Sciora|
|Route 18 Promontogno – Capanna Sasc Furä – Colle Vial – Capanna di Sciora – Promontogno|
|Route 19 Capanna di Sciora – South Cacciabella Pass – Capanna da l'Albigna|
|Route 20 Pranzaira – Capanna da l'Albigna|
|Route 21 Vicosoprano – Capanna da l'Albigna|
|Route 22 Capanna da l'Albigna – South Casnil Pass – Capanna del Forno|
|Route 23 A Bregaglia Circuit|
|Upper Engadine – Lakes Region|
|Route 24 Maloja – Isola – Sils Maria|
|Route 25 A Circuit of the Silsersee (Lej da Segl)|
|Route 26 Maloja – Piz de la Margna|
|Route 27 Maloja – Piz Lunghin|
|Route 28 Plaun da Lej – Grevasalvas – Blaunca – Maloja|
|Route 29 Maloja (Cadlägh) – Splüga – Blaunca – Grevasalvas – Plaun da Lej|
|Route 30 Plaun da Lej – Fuorcla Grevasalvas – La Veduta (Julier Pass)|
|Route 31 Sils Maria – Val Fex – Plaun Vadret|
|Route 32 Sils Maria – Curtins – Marmorè – Sils Maria|
|Route 33 Sils Maria – Chastè – Sils Baselgia|
|Route 34 Sils Maria – Crap da Sass – Silvaplana|
|Route 35 Sils Maria (Furtschellas) – Lej da la Fuorcla – Hahnensee (Lej dals Chöds) – St Moritz-Bad|
|Route 36 Surlej (Murtèl) – Fuorcla Surlej – Pontresina|
|Route 37 Surlej (Murtèl) – Fuorcla Surlej – Coaz Hut|
|Route 38 Silvaplana – Lej da la Tscheppa – Silvaplana|
|Route 39 Silvaplana – Lej Marsch – Lej Nair – Silvaplana|
|Route 40 St Moritz (Signal) – Alp Suvretta – Julier Pass road – Crevasalvas – Maloja|
|Route 41 St Moritz (Signal) – Alp Suvretta – Pass Suvretta – Val Bever – Bever|
|Route 42 St Moritz-Bad – Piz da l'Ova-Cotschna|
|Upper Engadine – Val Bernina|
|Route 43 Muottas Muragl – Lej Muragl – Punt Muragl|
|Route 44 Muottas Muragl – Fuorcla Val Champagna – Samedan|
|Route 45 Muottas Muragl – Fuorcla Muragl – Val Prüna – Val Chamuera – La Punt|
|Route 46 Muottas Muragl – Unterer Schafberg – Pontresina|
|Route 47 Muottas Muragl – Chamanna Segantini – Alp Languard – Pontresina|
|Route 48 Pontresina – Hotel Roseggletscher|
|Route 49 Pontresina – Hotel Roseggletscher – Fuorcla Surlej|
|Route 50 Pontresina – Tschierva Hut (Chamanna da Tschierva)|
|Route 51 Pontresina (1805) – Lej da Vadret|
|Route 52 Pontresina – Coaz Hut (Chamanna Coaz)|
|Route 53 Pontresina – Alp Ota – Coaz Hut|
|Route 54 Coaz Hut – Lej da Vadret – Pontresina|
|Route 55 Pontresina – Piz Languard|
|Route 56 Pontresina – Crasta Languard – Fuorcla Pischa – Val da Fain – Bernina Suot|
|Route 57 Pontresina (Alp Languard) – Chamanna Paradis|
|Route 58 Pontresina – Morteratsch – Boval Hut (Chamanna da Boval)|
|Route 59 Bernina Suot – Berghaus Diavolezza|
|Route 60 Berghaus Diavolezza – Munt Pers|
|Route 61 Berghaus Diavolezza – Boval Hut (Chamanna da Boval) – Morteratsch|
|Upper Engadine – Northern Region|
|Route 62 Bever – Val Bever – Jenatsch Hut (Chamanna Jenatsch)|
|Route 63 Bever – Val Bever – Fuorcla Crap Alv – Albula Pass – La Punt|
|Route 64 La Punt – Albula Pass – Bergün|
|Route 65 La Punt – Val Chamuera – Serlas|
|Route 66 La Punt – Zuoz – Chapella – Cinuos-chel|
|Route 67 Madulain – Es-cha Hut (Chamanna d'Es-cha) – Madulain|
|Route 68 Zuoz – Chamues-ch – Punt Muragl|
|Route 69 S-chanf – Varusch Hut (Chamanna dal Parc Varusch)|
|Route 70 S-chanf (Prasüras) – Alp Chaschauna – Pass Chaschauna|
|Route 71 Cinuos-chel – Susauna – Alp Funtauna|
|Route 72 Cinuous-chel – Alp Funtauna – Lai da Ravais-ch-Suot|
|Route 73 Cinuos-chel – Alp Funtauna – Kesch Hut (Chamanna digl Kesch)|
|Lower Engadine – The National Park|
|Route 74 Varusch Hut (Chamanna dal Parc Varusch) – Alp Trupchun|
|Route 75 Varusch Hut – Fuorcla Val Sassa – Blockhaus Cluozza|
|Route 76 Zernez – Blockhaus Cluozza (Chamanna Cluozza)|
|Route 77 Vallun Chafuol – Murter – Blockhaus Cluozza (Chamanna Cluozza)|
|Route 78 Blockhaus Cluozza (Chamanna Cluozza) – Piz Quattervals|
|Route 79 Blockhaus Cluozza (Chamanna Cluozza) – Murter – Punt Periv – Hotel Il Fuorn|
|Route 80 Ova Spin (Parkplatz no:1) – Alp Grimmels – Ova Spin|
|Route 81 Ova Spin (Parkplatz no:1) – Champlönch – Il Fuorn|
|Route 82 Il Fuorn – Fuorcla Val dal Botsch – Sur il Foss – S-charl|
|Route 83 S-charl (Mingèrbrücke) – Val Mingèr – Sur il Foss|
|Route 84 A Traverse of the National Park|
|Route 85 Lavin – Lai da la Mezza Glüna – Fuorcletta da Barcli – Zernez|
|Lower Engadine – Northeastern Region|
|Route 86 Zernez – Carolina – Cinuos-chel|
|Route 87 Zernez – Susch – Lavin|
|Route 88 Zernez – Fuorcla Stragliavita – Alp Sampuoir – Ardez Station|
|Route 89 Lavin – Linard Hut (Chamanna dal Linard)|
|Route 90 Lavin – Chamanna Marangun|
|Route 91 Guarda – Tuoi Hut (Chamanna Tuoi)|
|Route 92 Guarda – Alp Sura – Lai Blau – Guarda|
|Route 93 Guarda – Tuoi Hut – Furcletta – Ardez|
|Route 94 Ardez – Alp Valmala – Ardez|
|Route 95 Ardez – Chamanna Cler|
|Route 96 San Jon – Lischana Hut (Chamanna Lischana)|
|Route 97 S-charl – Alp Sesvenna|
|Route 98 S-charl – Fuorcla Sesvenna – Sesvenna Hut|
|Route 99 S-charl – Alp Astras|
|Route 100 S-charl – Fuorcla Funtana da S-charl – Pt 2535m – Ofenpass|
|Appendix A Useful Addresses|
|Appendix B Bibliography|
|Appendix C Glossary|
|Appendix D Route Index|