Overview for Engadine: The Pearl of the Alps
The High Valley of Engadine is called “the Pearl of the Alps” for a reason. It offers endless high-mountain sceneries with turquoise blue lakes, small valleys leading to sparkling glaciers and idyllic villages adorned with beautiful murals and colourful window boxes. This is a hike of an average level of difficulty and you can optionally shorten most stages using the excellent train and cable car network.
- Breathtaking mountain landscapes
- Well-preserved natural environment with rich fauna
- Local villages with genuine architecture
- Comfortable accommodation
- Flexible itinerary
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Day 1: Maloja
Arrival in at Maloja (1,803 m) for an overnight and breakfast. Maloja is a green oasis at the end of the valley of the river Inn. Ségantini, a painter from Maloja, found his inspiration in these breathtaking landscapes on the shore of the lake, at the foot of Longhin Peak and the beautiful Val Forno glacier.
Day 2: Maloja – Val Forno – Sils
The Val Forno runs perpendicular to the Inn valley. There, you will discover the small green lake of Cavloc and you will keep walking on your path to the edge of the Val Forno glacier (2,300m). Then, you go back to Maloja and have a walk along the lake to Sils, via the village of Isola, famous for its typical architecture. Overnight at a hotel in Sils.
Walking for the day: 3 to 6 hours, ↑500 to 700 m
Day 3: Sils, via the Val Fex and its charming hamlets
Today you walk along the Lake of Maloja, from where you walk up behind the village of Isola to the wild Val Fédoz which you will cross getting to the Val Fex and its hamlets. In Crasta, you will see a beautiful little chapel and start walking to Plaun Vadret located at the end of the Val Fex, at the foot of the glaciers of the Chapütschin, the Piz Glüschaint and the Piz Flora (a group of peaks more than 3,300 meters high located at the border with the Italian Valmalenco). Then, you will walk down to Sils where you can discover Nietzsche’s house. Overnight in Sils.
Walking for the day: 5 to 6 hours, ↑ 400 to 600 m
Day 4: Sils – Val Roseg
Today you have two options:
Option 1: The Val Roseg and the glacier of Roseg – an exceptional day of hiking starting with a beautiful path in the middle of pines overlooking the big Lakes of Sils and of Sivaplana. Then, it continues via the pass of the Fuorcla Surlej arriving at the Val Roseg (2,755 m) in front of the glaciers of Morteratsch, Bernina (4,049m), the peak of Scerscen (3,971m), the peak of Roseg (3,920m), the Sella peaks and Glüschaint – a magnificent glacial cirque. Overnight at a Val Roseg hotel.
Walking for the day: 6 hours, ↑950 m ↓850 m
Option 2: In case of bad weather or if you want to make the walk shorter you can walk along the Lake of Silvaplana in Champfer and the little Lake of Staz; there you can take a horse-drawn carriage to go to the Val Roseg hotel (transfer not included in the price).
Walking for the day: 3-4 hours, ↑150 m
Day 5: Val Roseg – Morteratsch
Today you walk down to Pontrésina via the Val Roseg. You will also have the possibility to go down with a horse-drawn carriage to Pontrésina (paid on the spot and not included in the price). As you arrive at Pontrésina railway station, take the little train that will take you 5 km higher, at Morteratsch railway station, also reachable on foot. You will arrive inVal Morteratsch and you will see the glacier of Morteratsch: view over the Piz Palu, the Piz Cambrena and the Bernina (4,020m). It is one of the most extraordinary glacial cirques of the Alps. It is possible to walk to the refuge Boval at the altitude of 2,459 m, where you will be fascinated by the huge glacier of Bernina.
Walking for the day: 4 to 6 hours depending on the option chosen, ↑700 m or ↑650 m
Day 6: Morteratsch – Zuoz
Option 1: Transfer to Schanf (included in the price), the last village in the High Engadine situated in front of Val Trupchun and the Swiss National Park. On the way you can encounter the remarkable local wildlife: marmots, chamois, ibexes, deer. In Varusch, there is a little refuge where you can taste the polenta and other local specialities. Overnight in Zuoz in B&B
Option 2 (for more experienced hikers): go down with the train to Pontrésina (first station) and walk up under Piz Languard. Then you take a balcony path (wonderful views over the glaciers around) running under Piz Muragl, around the mountains and then going down via Val of Muragl to Muottas Muragl. From there, you can take the rack-rail train that goes down to the railway station and reach Samedan, then Zuoz with the train. This option gives you the opportunity to discover the National Park the day after, instead of making a short walk in Zuoz.
Walking for the day: 5 to 6 hours of walk, ↑1,000 m, ↓ 400
Day 7: Zuoz
Departure day. After checkout you can go and visit Zuoz, the most beautiful village of the Engadine, where you can enjoy Its houses with painted facades and asymmetric windows, some of them are 500 years old. In case you walked on the balcony path the day before, you can instead visit the National Park today.
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Accommodation is in 2-star and 3-star hotels, in double or twin rooms with private facilities. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour. Exact accommodation details are provided upon booking confirmation.
Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel from the ones pictured above is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Half-board, except in Maloja and Zuoz (two nights in B&B). Picnics are optional at an additional charge. It is also possible to have lunch in inns in the valley Fex, at the pass of Fuorcla Surlej, at Morteratsch or at Varusch.
For the dinner in Maloja: there are options for pizzeria or restaurants in hotels nearby.
For the dinner in Zuoz: there are options for restaurants in the hotel and in the village.
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Our recommended airports for this holiday are Zurich or Milan.
- By train
There are good train connections in St. Moritz from where you can take a bus or taxi to Maloja for the start of your tour. On the departure date you can take a train from Zuoz.
See the following website for up-to-date schedules and connections: www.cff.ch/home.html
- By Bus or Taxi
There are options for a bus or taxi transfers between Zuoz and Maloja.
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included in your package.
Up-to-date travel advice on Switzerland is available here.
All the languages used in Switzerland are spoken in this canton, and many people speak English. The Romansh language is still spoken in the villages.
Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
Depending on the routes you choose the trip is suitable for average to good hikers. All the time you will hike on good paths with no special technical difficulties. Note that the indicated walking times do not include the time necessary for the visits of villages and monuments (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available on any date from 15 June (first starting date) till 30 September (last starting date).
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots with ankle support
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket / Goretex jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat for sun protection
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
- A sheet or a sleeping bag sheet / liner to use in dormitories
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- Detailed route notes
- Accommodation in double rooms on a half-board basis, except for the overnights in Maloja and Zuoz (bed & breakfast basis)
- Luggage transfers on all walking days
- Morning transfer on Day 6
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Single room supplement: available at an extra cost
- This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme