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Long distance hiking trail recommended route Stage 6

Schanfigger Höhenweg, 6th route, Hochwang - Chur

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Unique alpine flora, wild ravines and mountain forests: The last stage of the Schanfigger Höhenweg is mainly characterised by the descent to Chur, which is a tough one with 1,500 metres of descent and a length of 15 km.
difficult
Distance 18.2 km
6:00 h
210 m
1,595 m
1,960 m
580 m
This section is the "wildest" of the long-distance hike. Although with Lafet and Balnettis you pass beautiful, traditional alpine pastures and mountain meadows, you often find yourself in wild gorges. The path here is little used and is not part of alpine access roads as on other parts of the route. It is all the more astonishing when you suddenly come across farmers making hay again. The meadows are very high and steep, and the access from the valley also leads over extremely steep roads, which are now being replaced by the - naturally sensible - melioration roads.

Author’s recommendation

Very motivated and sporty hikers take the diversions over the Montalin (Chur's local mountain).
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
1,960 m
Lowest point
580 m
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Rest stops

Skihaus Hochwang

Safety information

In case of rain and especially thunderstorms, the ravines must be passed with increased caution.

Basically, in bad weather you should think twice about walking the trail, as it is not without danger.

Tips and hints

The trails are rather narrow and it is important that hikers are free from vertigo. These trails are marked as mountain trails and accordingly the requirements are marked for "mountain-ready hikers" in contrast to the trails without special requirements.

Catering en route: Triemel / Restaurant in Maladers / Gassa Beizli Calfreisen

Overnight accommodation: Various accommodations in Chur

Start

Hochwang (1,956 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'769'801E 1'191'668N
DD
46.854460, 9.665454
DMS
46°51'16.1"N 9°39'55.6"E
UTM
32T 550728 5189206
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Destination

Chur

Turn-by-turn directions

Hochwang -Triemel - Bargun - Lafet - Hütten - Balnettis - Stroggwald - Maiensäss - Maladers - Chur

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to St. Peter via Chur and from there by nostalgic post bus to the Hochwanghütte. 

Getting there

By car to Chur and then by public transport to Hochwang.

Parking

Various car parks in Chur

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'769'801E 1'191'668N
DD
46.854460, 9.665454
DMS
46°51'16.1"N 9°39'55.6"E
UTM
32T 550728 5189206
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Good shoes, rain jacket, walking sticks if necessary, enough to drink, snack to eat. 

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
18.2 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
210 m
Descent
1,595 m
Highest point
1,960 m
Lowest point
580 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available Insider tip

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