Walking Holidays in Switzerland - Switzerland - Lower Engadine - Hidden Corners

Holiday Highlights
  • Discover a ‘secret’ valley far away from the well-known tourist routes
  • Enjoy beautifully timeless villages rich in culture and Swiss tradition with their own language and unique architecture
  • Varied walking with breath-taking views to the high mountains stretching into Austria & Italy

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A wild natural landscape featuring the ancient Castle of Tarasp, the Baths of Scuol, the Romansch culture varying from village to village rich in tradition but nevertheless innovative and modern. This is the Lower Engadine situated on the southern side of the Alps, a valley far away from the busy tourist routes; it is a valley ‘waiting to be discovered’. This journey is especially enjoyable combining the beautiful timeless villages rich in culture and tradition and with their own unique architecture and walking high on the valley sides with far ranging views over the Alps. The local language is Romansch, the least spoken of the four official languages of Switzerland - but do not worry as English is widely understood.

The high trail on the sunny side of the valley leads through the ancient Engadine villages of Guarda, Ardez, Sent, Tschlin and Vinadi and offers varied days of walking with breathtaking views of the Lower Engadine Dolomiten. On one day you spend the first couple of hours walking through beautiful Austrian forest before the path returns you to Switzerland.

You need only carry your lunch with you as your bags will be moved onto the next hotel. The paths are well marked as they often cling to the side of the valley. 

Some walks explore far into side valleys. Take an extra night in Scuol which gives you the opportunity to walk in the nearby National Park, Switzerland’s only one.

Day 1:
Arrive in Zernez. The village has its own railway station which you can reach from Zurich airport in 3¼ hours. We can arrange rail passes or tickets. You may wish to stay an extra night here in order to become used to walking at higher altitudes (1473m). Overnight Zernez.

Day 2: The trail initially follows the river from Zernez to Susch, here you can take time to visit the ‘Fortezza Rohan’ ruins in this very picturesque village. The trail then climbs to the famous Schellen-Ursli village of Guarda. Overnight Guarda.

Ascent: 288m. Descent: 108m. Distance: 7 ½ miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 3: From Guarda follow the trail briefly through the surrounding forest before continuing through the alpine meadows to Alp Suot. This is a beautiful walk with lots of interest and varied scenery. From here the trail leads up through Alp Sura and onto Murtera Dadoura before descending to the village of Ardez. Overnight Ardez.

Ascent: 590m. Descent: 800m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 4 ½ hours.

Day 4: From Ardez we climb along Plan Chamuera into the Tasna valley onto Alp Tasna and Alp Valmala. Here the trail climbs steeply to Muot la Stella before leveling off and leading through the alpine meadows to Alp Laret where you will find a simple mountain restaurant. The trail then leads down to the Prui mountain hut; here either take the chairlift down to Ftan or walk further to Motta Naluns and take the cable car to Scuol or follow the trail that leads through Ftan Pitschen. Along this part of the trail you are greeted by spectacular views of the Tarasp Castle and the surrounding mountains. Overnight Scuol.

Ascent: 770m. Descent: 560m. Distance: 10 miles. Time: 5½  hours.

Day 5: Today starts by taking the bus to Vinadi close to the Austrian border.. The route begins by walking through beautiful Austrian forest following part of the Via Engiadina. In the village of Tschlin you can visit the small cheese factory, the brewery, or the lovely church. Enjoy a relaxing evening with beautiful views after a tough but hopefully really worthwhile day. Overnight Tschlin.

Ascent: 1003m. Descent: 486m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 6 ½ hours.

Day 6: Ascend the valley side to the remote village of Zuort. Take time to visit the pretty chapel here before continuing through the picturesque Choglias Valley. Pass through the attractive Val Sinestra with its mineral water springs. Follow the Via Engiadina again before a grassy descent to the interesting village of Sent. Overnight Sent.

Ascent: 500m. Descent: 625m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 6 ½ hours.

Day 7: There are a number of options for today’s route, depending on your fitness, drive and weather! You can climb steadily to the Vastur hut and restaurant and on to the high trail of the Via Engiadina through stunning alpine meadows to Jonvrai and Chamonna Naluns. Continue to Motta Naluns from where you can descend by cable car to Scoul to explore the historic town. You can lengthen the route by making the complete circuit of the Piz Spadla Massif which, on a fine day, provides a spectacular end to the trek. The shortest option is to take a pleasant low level walk along the valley. Overnight Scuol.

Main route - Ascent: 886m. Descent: 181m. Distance: 7 ½ miles. Time: 1½ to 6 hours.

Day 8: Travel to the airport on the efficient Swiss railway network through superb Swiss scenery - still very much part of the holiday.

Baggage Transfer

You baggage (1 bag per person) is transferred for you every day to your next hotel.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Easy to Challenging, due to the options you have to shorten or lengthen walks. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 3837m, Descent 2619m, 50 miles.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Lower Engadine Trek

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The hotels on this trek are certainly to be looked forward to. All accommodation is in 3 star hotels along the route these hotels are all family owned and in the evenings serve Engadine specialties. All rooms have internet access and a private bathroom with WC and shower/bath. Many are in historic buildings of typical local architecture and situated in the centre of village life.


Availability Information

Available from the middle of May to the end of October with a chance of snow affecting the first 4 and last 4 weeks. The wild flowers in June are quite exceptional. The high altitude tends to moderate summer heat in July & August. There are local transport alternatives to reach all the hotels.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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