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Mountain Hike

735 Walser Trail to the Safien Valley

Mountain Hike · Switzerland
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Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren Explorers Choice 
  • Safiental Kulturlandschaft
    / Safiental Kulturlandschaft
    Photo: Cordula Seiler, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
  • / Kirche Thalkirch
    Photo: Cordula Seiler, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
  • / Camaner Hütten
    Photo: Cordula Seiler, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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From the Rhine Gorge to deep inside the Safien valley, experience the beauty and variety of a natural and cultural landscape. Each step takes you ever closer to the peace, tranquillity and seclusion as you immerse yourself in the Walser culture of past and present.
difficult
35.1 km
9:45 h
2299 m
1402 m
Find out more about one of the most original mountain regions of Graubünden as you explore ancient church, valley and high-altitude trails. Hiking along the stream, you pass through hamlets, villages, forests and alpine meadows.

Take in the rural settlement landscape of the Safien valley with its dwellings, its stables and barns, its haylofts and alpine huts. The scattered homesteads typical of the Walser are among the characteristic features of the region, shaping its appearance.

High mountain ranges totally enclose the Safien valley to the south, east and west. To this day the passes that bridged these ranges already in ancient times remain passable only on foot or by mountain bike. And the valley itself only opened up to the north when its road was inaugurated in the late 19th century.

Author’s recommendation

The route consists of three stages, each ideally suited as a one-day hike.
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Author
Cordula Seiler
Updated: May 11, 2016

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
2004 m
Lowest point
812 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The hiking season lasts from mid-June to mid-October. Depending on the snow conditions stages two and three may already be accessible to hikers in May and as late as November.

Tips, hints and links

Surselva Tourismus
7165 Brigels
+41 (0)81 920 11 00 
+41 (0)81 920 11 01
info@surselva.info
www.surselva.info

Start

Valendas (812 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.787416, 9.282372
DMS
46°47'14.7"N 9°16'56.5"E
UTM
32T 521552 5181579
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Destination

Safien (Turrahus)

Note

Wildlife refuge Hof: December 20 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
46.787416, 9.282372
DMS
46°47'14.7"N 9°16'56.5"E
UTM
32T 521552 5181579
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
35.1 km
Duration
9:45h
Ascent
2299 m
Descent
1402 m
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