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Long distance hiking trail recommended route Stage 5

Schanfigger Höhenweg, 5th route, Fondei - Hochwang

Long distance hiking trail · Plessur Alps
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Panoramic hike through impressive moorland: From Fondei to Hochwang with fantastic views over Schanfigg.

moderate
Distance 8.9 km
3:00 h
350 m
300 m
2,145 m
1,890 m
The characteristic attraction can be described as the moorland landscape, alternating between dry and wet areas. In early summer you can see carpets of the most beautiful orchids (Vital, 2009). The flower splendour in summer, all the way up to the Mattjischhorn, is of extraordinary variety. The view back from Blackterfürggli towards Fondei is also fantastic. On Zalüenja, there is a short rest stop with a table and bench. The landscape is characterised by the small hay barns, most of which, however, have become functionless today. For many centuries, the mountain meadows on the Hochwang chain have been cultivated by the Schanfigger people up to over 2000 m above sea level. This is still the case today thanks to contributions from the federal government. The mountain hay is considered particularly nutritious. Only above Peist and Langwies are the pastures used as alpine pastures. Those who prefer to indulge themselves at the Skihaus Hochwang above St.Peter, treat themselves to the wonderful view from the terrace.

Author’s recommendation

  • Gain additional altitude on the Mattjisch Horn or the Cunggel
  • Visit to the Peister Alp
  • Overnight stay at the Hochwanghütte
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Author
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Update: March 16, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,145 m
Lowest point
1,890 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Mountain Inn Strassberg
Ski and Mountain Guesthouse Casanna
Skihaus Hochwang

Safety information

 There are no particular hazards to be aware of on this section of the trail.

Tips and hints

With 300 metres of ascent and 260 metres of descent over a distance of 9 kilometres, this stage is very moderate.

Overnight accommodation: Skihaus Hochwang. Further information arosalenzerheide.swiss

Start

Strassberg (1,908 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'776'166E 1'190'835N
DD
46.845315, 9.748558
DMS
46°50'43.1"N 9°44'54.8"E
UTM
32T 557073 5188246
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Destination

Hochwang

Turn-by-turn directions

Strassberg - Blackter Fürggli - Tamial - Ried - Hochwang

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Rhaetian Railway runs every hour from Chur to Langwies (also in the opposite direction). A footpath leads from Langwies railway station towards the village centre and on via Niggsch Egg to Fondei. 

Getting there

By car to the Alpine town of Chur. From Chur, take the winding Arosastrasse road to Langwies. At the village centre of Langwies, follow the mountain road for a few minutes to the "Niggsch Egg" viewpoint above the village centre.  There are a few parking spaces there. 

Parking

Pay parking at Langwies railway station. There are further parking spaces above the village centre. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'776'166E 1'190'835N
DD
46.845315, 9.748558
DMS
46°50'43.1"N 9°44'54.8"E
UTM
32T 557073 5188246
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

 There are no particular hazards to be aware of on this section of the trail.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.9 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
300 m
Highest point
2,145 m
Lowest point
1,890 m
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