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756 Senda Lais da Macun

Mountain Hike · Switzerland
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  • / Zernez
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  • / Lais da Mancun
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  • / Lais Macun
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This demanding tour to the Macun Lakes high plateau is an alpine hike through the only enclave (and most recent addition to) the Swiss National Park.
difficult
21.4 km
9:37 h
1,497 m
1,547 m
The unique Macun lake plateau with more than 20 mountain lakes of various sizes is situated within the Lavin municipality. The lake plateau is part of the Swiss National Park and is home to a large ibex colony, making it a particularly good vantage point from which to spot the “king of the Alps”. And while the deep blue mountain lakes are certainly the main attraction, the views of the surrounding peaks of the Silvretta range are equally captivating. 

The ascent already offers wonderful views stretching as far as the Upper Engadine. Up on the plateau itself, it is well worth making a small yet rewarding detour to the Lai dal Dragun, a lake which, according to legend, is home to a little dragon. 

 

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Author
Cordula Seiler
Updated: October 24, 2014
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Highest point
2,915 m
Lowest point
1,383 m
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Safety information

Caution: Snow fields are possible on the upper sections right through to the summer months. Zernez and Lavin are both easily reached by train and bus. This hike requires good physical condition (8-hour hike), sure-footedness, and the appropriate equipment.

Caution: sure-footedness, a head for heights, and good orientation skills in bad weather are essential.

 

Tips, hints and links

Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstari AG
Staziun
7550 Scuol
+41 (0)81 861 88 00

 

Start

Zernez (1,473 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.699263, 10.092959
DMS
46°41'57.3"N 10°05'34.7"E
UTM
32T 583557 5172325
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Destination

Lavin

Turn-by-turn directions

From Zernez railway station follow the signs for Munt Baselgia / Lais da Macun. The route from Zernez is self-explanatory. On the way back follow the signs across Alp Zeznina to Lavin, the final destination. To shorten the overall hiking time you can also pre-order a taxi from Zernez.

Note

Wildlife refuge Las Charbuneras: December 21 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Zernez sowie auch Lavin können bequem per Bahn und Bus erreicht werden.

Coordinates

DD
46.699263, 10.092959
DMS
46°41'57.3"N 10°05'34.7"E
UTM
32T 583557 5172325
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
21.4 km
Duration
9:37h
Ascent
1,497 m
Descent
1,547 m
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