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735 Walser Trail to the Safien Valley

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Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren Explorers Choice 
  • Safiental Kulturlandschaft
    Safiental Kulturlandschaft
    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
Distance 35.1 km
9:45 h
2,299 m
1,402 m
2,004 m
812 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
Update: March 23, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,004 m
Lowest point
812 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Track types

Asphalt 14.79%Dirt road 0.19%Nature trail 32.62%Path 35.89%Unknown 13.95%
Asphalt
5.2 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Nature trail
11.5 km
Path
12.6 km
Unknown
4.9 km
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Rest stops

Berghotel Alpenblick

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 and hints

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:
SwissGrid
2'740'771E 1'183'459N
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
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'740'771E 1'183'459N
DD
46.787416, 9.282372
DMS
46°47'14.7"N 9°16'56.5"E
UTM
32T 521552 5181579
w3w 
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
35.1 km
Duration
9:45 h
Ascent
2,299 m
Descent
1,402 m
Highest point
2,004 m
Lowest point
812 m
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