This tour starts at Zernez, the gateway to the National Park, crosses the Park and finally leads into the Munster Valley, one of three valleys of the canton of Grisons opening to Italy.
The Swiss National Park was founded in 1914 and was at that time the first National Park in Europe. The park is situated in the far Eastern corner of the country and covers 169km2 of untamed, unspoilt natural beauty. To protect this wilderness, the rules and regulations within the park are strict (you are for example not allowed to leave the tracks!) but in turn, visitors are absolutely certain to observe wild animals such as Deer, Chamois, Ibex or the only recently re-introduced bearded vulture. “Swiss National Park – the easy way” offers a thorough insight into the wonders of a wilderness left entirely to the rules of nature for more than a 100 years whilst at the same time, gives you the opportunity to explore a region adjacent to and very similar to the famous Dolomites in Southern Tirol.
|Prices in € are an information only. The € price will be calculated at the actual rate of exchange at the time of booking.|
|Zernez > Chamanna Cluozza > Il Fuorn > Ofenpass > Lü > Sta. Maria.|
|Category I: Easy-Tours.|
|Daily 06/07/2019 through 21/09/2019.|
|4 x Hotels, 2 x Guesthouses, 1 x Mountainhut.|
|7 x Breakfast, 2 x Dinner.|
|Daily luggage transfers, except on day 2.|
|CHF 860.00 (€ 750.00) per person for parties of 2, CHF 800.00 (€ 695.00) per person for parties of 4; from Zernez/to Sta. Maria.|
“Just to let you know, we have had a truly FANTASTIC week in the Engadine, with very good weather all week. We especially enjoyed the first few days in the National Park – the flowers were at their best and we saw steinbocks near the Murter from only 100m away which was pretty exciting.”
Day 1: Zernez. Travel to Zernez, the gateway to the National Park. Depending on your time of arrival, you may want to visit the brand new National Park visitors centre with it modern and interesting displays about the park and its wildlife.
Day 2: Zernez – Chamanna Cluozza. An easy and relatively short walk right into the heart of the National Park expects you. You are likely to arrive at the Chamanna (= hut) Cluozza around noon, leaving you plenty of time to explore the beautiful valley in which the hut is situated, or simply spend the afternoon at the shore of the river flowing past the Chamanna Cluozza (no luggage transfer).
Day 3: Chamanna Cluozza – Il Fuorn. You start the day with a steep climb up the mountain called Murter at the back of the hut. On top of this flat mountain, you enjoy marvellous views over a large part of the park. The now following descend is fairly steep as well, but the track is well graded and helps you easily down to a narrow gorge through with the river Spöl flows, whose waters are bound for the Black Sea. Its uphill again, but you soon cross the road where you have the option of taking the bus for the last stretch or continue at a leisurely pace to the hotel Il Fuorn, which is the only hotel within the park.
Day 4: Il Fuorn – Susom Givé. Walk across the broad and flat-topped mountain of Munt La Shera to Susom Givé, which is the top of the Ofen Pass (Oven pass). The “Munt la Schera” offers enormous views and is known for its flowers (even Edelweiss grows there). The Oven Pass derives its name from the fact that in the old days, there were many ovens here, where iron ore was smeltered. The remains of some of these old smelters can still be seen along the road. Spend the night in the hotel on the pass.
Day 5: Susom Give – Lü. It’s a very short walk to Lü on a easy Haute Route high above the valley, offering nice views which include the mighty Ortler, the highest mountain in the region. The walk can be extended to fill the day if you like but you may as well enjoy the short option and take lots of breaks to marvel at the panorama or the many small wonders along the way. Lü is the smallest, politically independent village in Switzerland – and small it really is!
Day 6: Lü – Sta. Maria. Continue the walk, which leads along the mountain slope, taking you through airy forests of lark trees or through meadows where – if the time is right – there is a proliferation of flowers and butterflies for you to enjoy. You may walk to Sta. Maria directly or make a detour to visit Münster with its famous monastery, a building whose oldest parts are 1000 years old and have been declared a UN world heritage site. Definitively a place worth visiting, before you continue your stroll and head for Sta. Maria, where you will spend the next two nights.
Day 7: Sta. Maria. A day to explore the region around Sta. Maria. You may for example visit the deep blue waters of the Lai da Rims, arguably one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Swiss Alps. If you prefer a relaxing day, walk into the valley Val Vau as far as you like and enjoy a few peaceful hours on the shore of the wild river. Or would you like to go for a challenging walk on the last day of your walking week? No problem. Take the bus to the Umbrail pass and start the climb of the Piz Umbrail, a peak reaching the 3000m mark. Continue the walk down to the lake Lai da Rims and further on to Sta. Maria. Truly an unforgettable walk and possibly the highlight of your week.
Day 8: Return.
Extend your holidays in Sta. Maria - free travel in the area
Santa Maria is an ideal place to extend your holdays by a few days. The area is an exceptionally good walking country, but furthermore, during your stay at the Hotel Alpina in Sta. Maria, you get a guest card which serves also as a ticket for free use of public transport in the region. Please consult the attached file indicating exactly on which lines and connections the guest card is valid for free travel.
The guest card is vald as of the day of your arrival in Sta. Maria. For this reason you get the card at the start of your walking holiday to make sure that you can make full use of this offer.
Ask for a quote if you would like to extend your stay in Sta. Maria in the lovely Münster Valley.