Walks in the Engadine - Switzerland

100 walks and treks

By Kev Reynolds

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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.

Seasons

Seasons

Summer and autumn recommended. Winter is ski season.
Centres

Centres

St Moritz, Maloja, Vicosoprano, Muottas Muragl, Pontresina, S-charl, Guarda, Zernez
Difficulty

Difficulty

All walks graded. Range from short, gentle walks suitable for all to strenuous routes with scrambling for experienced alpine walkers.
Must See

Must See

Bregaglia Circuit (with glacier crossing); views from Tombal; views from Berghaus Diavolezza; the Swiss National Park
ISBN
9781852844509
Availability
Out of Stock
Published
18 May 2005
Edition
Second
Pages
304
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
380g
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    Getting There
    Travel within Switzerland
    Accommodation
    Weather
    Languages Spoken
    Notes for Walkers
    Safety Checklist
    Suggested Equipment List
    Recommended Maps
    Using the Guide
    Grading of Walks
    Information at a Glance
    Val Bregaglia
    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
    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
    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

  • Maps

    Swiss National Survey Maps (Landerskarte de Schweiz) 1:50,000. Sheets: 268T, 278T, 258T, 259T, 269T, 249T

    Kummerley and Frey - Wanderkarten 1:60,000. Sheets: Oberengadin and Unterengadin

    Wanderkarten 1:120,000 Graubunden

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    September 2015

    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.

    September 2013

    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

  • Reviews
    ‘Within the 303 pages there are 100 routes covering the area in and around the Swiss Engadine, from Scuol in the north-east to the Val Bregaglia in the south-west. This includes the Swiss National Park, St Moritz, Pontresina and the area surrounding Piz Bernina… This little book is a mine of information, with the latest web sites listed along with mountain huts, tourist information centres and the maps needed… All in all this is an excellent guide – buy it if you’re going to the Engadine.’

    (John Gillham, TGO)



    ‘The first edition of Kev Reynolds’ book was published all of 17 years ago and quickly became the standard reference. ... The routes are chosen with a particular feature as the destination - a lake, an alp, an unspoilt hamlet (of which there are many) or a glorious mountain pass. … Reynolds grades all the walks and includes a handy route index, so no matter where you are based you can plan daily walks to suit your taste and abilities. … And with direct flights from Ireland to Switzerland now, what’s stopping you?’

    (Martin Joyce, Walking World – Ireland)



    Walks in the Engadine is well-presented, well-written and well-illustrated [and] has you reaching for your telephone to book the next available flight to Zurich. … The Engadine is a wonderful area, full of chocolate-box scenery, immaculately maintained guest houses and hotels [and] is a walker’s paradise. … I would highly recommend this walking guide. It is small and rugged, thoroughly comprehensive and a joy to read. It gives you itchy feet just holding it and, as a guide to Switzerland’s only national park, is a must for every bookshelf.’

    (Richard Villar, The Leader)



    'There's good travel information, including the latest web sites, mountain huts, buses, trains, tourist information centres and the maps needed.
    As with all Kev Reynolds books on the Alps this is thoroughly reliable and well researched. If you're going to the Engadine buy this.'

    (Bootprint Magazine, August 2005)

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Kev Reynolds

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.

Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.

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