MT01: Grison Mountains

 Who does not know Heidi, the famous girl whose touching story is well known around the world, was born and lived in the Grison mountains, the only part of Switzerland where three languages are spoken in the same region, which also means that three different cultures existed along one another within a relatively small, confined area.

In the Southern valleys, Italian is spoken, whereas in most other valleys of the region, an old, Latin language called “Romantsch” is still alive. Where emigrants from the West, who came here in the late Middle Ages, have settled, German is the common language. Apart from these different cultures, who have co-existed here peacefully for centuries, Heidi’s Mountains (actually the Grisons Mountains) have always been a link between North and South, as many transit routes cross the region, over which goods were transported and people travelled on their way from Italy to Germany or vice versa. All these different influences have made this easternmost region of Switzerland a cultur-ally diverse and rich area, which is embedded in one of the most magnificent Alpine sceneries one could think of. The tour “Trekking in Heidi’s Mountains” links all three languages and touches a number of important valley systems which all offer a different character and atmosphere. Between the valleys, you cross high and remote passes offering fantastic views and you will after seven days agree, that this tour is truly one of the most rewarding trekking experiences in the Alps.

Infos

Prices in € are an information only. The € price will be calculated at the actual rate of exchange at the time of booking.
 Davos > Sertig > Bergün > Savognin > Alp Flix > Bivio > Maloja.
 Category III: Mountain-Trek Tours.
 Daily 04/07/2020 through 19/09/2020.
 7 x Hotels.
 7 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner.
 Daily luggage transfer.
 CHF 1’195.00 (€ 1’085.00) per person for parties of 2, CHF 1’065.00 (€ 970.00) per person for parties of 4; from Davos/to Maloja.

Customer Feedback

“We write to thank you for a truly fantastic walking holiday. Although the weather was at times snowing and inclement, we were able to take advantage of the alternatives you offered and achieved over 80kms of walking. We have decided that there are only two routes in Switzerland – up and down! All the hotels were excellent. All in all, a great walk. Thank you!”

“Thank you Ueli, except the weather, everything was perfect. The tour was wonderful, but unfortunately we were quite every day on the cloud on the top and we missed most of the view! We discover some very nice place, like the hotel in Sertig Dörfli or in Alp Flix and your organization with the luggage worked perfectly.”

Map

Itinerary

Day 1: Davos. Travel to Davos and spend the first night in this famous little city.

Day 2: Davos – Sertig. Your first day of walking starts immediately at the doorstep of your hotel, from where you head into the lovely Dischma-Valley. After this gentle start, the challenge of the day awaits you, the ascent to the summit of the Jakobshorn (2590m), a well known mountain in the area, offering wonderful views over large parts of the region. Continue over the mountain ridge linking the Jakobshorn with the Jatzhorn (2682m) and onwards to the mountain saddle called Tällifurgga. From here, your track descents through a beautiful, airy forest of mountains pines down to the lovely little village of Sertig, where you spend the night in a cosy and comfortable hotel.

Day 3: Sertig – Bergün. Next to a beautiful waterfall, you climb an impressive rocky step which leads you into the different world of the Ducan valley, a typical hanging valley, whose entrance lies considerably higher than Sertig. Over the “Ducanfurgga” you change into the Val da Stugl and descend to the tiny village of Latsch which sits prominently on an outcrop above Bergün, your destination for tonight.

Day 4: Bergün – Savognin. There are not many other walks in Switzerland which surpass the grandeur of the crossing from Bergün into its neighbouring valley, the Oberhalbstein. One of the various attractions of the walk is the sight of the enormous limestone faces of the mountain range above Bergün which is dominated by the massive peaks Piz d’Ela and Corn da Tinziong which will probably remind you of images you have seen from the mighty Dolomites. Passing the tiny Ela Hut, you ascent to the col of the Pass digl Orgels, from where you start a long descent, first over wide Alpine meadows, then through forests down to Savognin. A comfortable hotel awaits you here, a most welcome luxury after a challenging, but unforgettable day.

Day 5: Savognin – Alp Flix. Today’s walk is relatively short and gives you the chance to spend time to marvel at the views, enjoy the many beautiful spots along the way or simply spend a lazy afternoon in the comfort of your hotel on the Alp Flix. Starting from Savognin, you first follow the river Gelgia, then you visit an almost enchanted forest from where you emerge at the tiny village of Ruenga. Here, the ascent to the Alp Flix starts. Mostly, you walk under the cover of trees with the occasional views getting better by the minute. Finally the Alp Flix is reached, a wide, almost flat terrace high above the valley with wonderful views and a small number of beautiful lakes that invite you to rest on their shores.

Day 6: Alp Flix – Bivio. Soon after leaving the hotel, you start the short climb to the Kanonensattel which actually means “Gun Saddle”. Bivio, your destination, is close from here but if the weather is favourable, you most likely prefer to continue walking uphill, aiming for the Fuorcla digl Leget, another pass for you to cross. Up here, you enter a barren, but nevertheless fascinating world, dominated by impressive limestone mountains but also wide areas of rocks and sand. Watch out for the many plants that can still survive in such an environment. The Julier Pass is where you head for next and for the last part of your today’s stretch, you walk in the vicinity of the road to the village of Bivio, which means “junction” as this is the place, where the routes over the Julier and over the Septimer pass separate. Originally, Bivio was an Italian speaking village, even though most people nowadays are of German tongue.

Day 7: Bivio – Maloja. Tracing the steps of Roman soldiers and traders, you walk from Bivio on a broad track to the Septimerpass. This route was restored several years ago and on some stretches, the underground is made of pebbled stones laid here to enable carriages to be pulled over the Septimerpass by horses. If you prefer a longer walk, you ascend the saddle Fuorcla da la Valletta. Here you enter the neighbouring Aversvalley, whose slopes you traverse to get to yet another pass called Forcellina. The Septimberpass is fairly close from here, the ascent however is not over yet, as you now head for the Pass Lunghin (optional climb of Piz Lunghin, 2780m). A wonderful mountain lake below the pass invites you to rest before you descent to Maloja where your walking week ends.

Day 8: Return.