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Mountain Hike recommended route Stage 7

87 Via Engiadina: Stage 7, Lavin - Guarda

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Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren Explorers Choice 
  • Lavin am Inn.
    / Lavin am Inn.
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Via Engiadina. Etappe 2, Lavin - Guarda
    Photo: Michael Leibacher, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
  • / Via Engiadina. Etappe 2, Lavin - Guarda
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Guarda im Unterengadin
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Guarda, die Heimat von Schellen-Ursli
    Photo: Niculin Meyer, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Via Engiadina. Etappe 2, Lavin - Guarda
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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Hike high above the valley from Val Lavinouz to the Schellenursli village of Guarda.
Distance 13.3 km
5:00 h
969 m
746 m
2,239 m
1,422 m
From Lavin train station, take the road in an easterly direction past the church and, at the end of the village, turn left under the railroad and cantonal road onto the forest road. Follow the Via Engiadina signs through the forest to the entrance to Val Lavinouz. Over the alp Dadoura and up to the alp d'Immez, the route runs along the alp road, then branches off to the right and now runs somewhat more steeply uphill through alpine rose bushes. Very rewarding is the view into Val Lavinouz to the Verstanclahorn and the Vadret da las Maisas glacier below. High above the Alp d'Immez, the route then heads east again, remaining at the same altitude. On the opposite side of the valley of Val Lavinouz rises the shapely Piz Linard. On the flank of Piz Chapisun up to Chamanna dal Bescher (open in summer), the path crosses the Gonda avalanche range, to which the village of Lavin owes its name. At the top of the ridge of Chapisun the blasting pylons can be seen, further down in the valley the remains of the 12th century settlement of Gonda can be seen. The path then leads back towards Val Tuoi. Before reaching the bottom of the valley, a path branches off to the right from the Via Engiadina through the gorge «Foura Turnina» to the alp Sura. The alp Sura is served during the summering season. From the alp Sura you descend through a light-flooded forest to Guarda. In Guarda there are various possibilities to stop for refreshments as well as post bus connections to Guarda train station and to the RhB network.

Author’s recommendation

If you still have enough energy, continue walking along the Via Engiadina into the Val Tuoi until you reach the Alp Suot. Before Alp Suot, the turning point in Val Tuoi, you cross the valley stream Clozza. After the Suot Alp, there is another ascent to above the tree line and again follow the valley outwards to the Sura Alp, which is located in a panoramic position.
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Update: June 03, 2021
Highest point
2,239 m
Lowest point
1,422 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

The tour was evaluated in favorable weather conditions, the current weather conditions and weather forecasts are mandatory to follow before starting the tour. This hike requires elementary alpine experience, orientation skills, mountain boots are recommended.

Emergency call:

144 emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Tips and hints


Train station Lavin (1,431 m)
2'804'093E 1'183'293N
46.769530, 10.111106
46°46'10.3"N 10°06'40.0"E
32T 584834 5180152


PostAuto stop Guarda, cumün

Turn-by-turn directions

Lavin – Gonda – follow the river and cross the bridge to Guarda 


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

Public transport


With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau, from the Upper Engadine or from Scuol) hourly to Lavin station

Getting there

From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) or via the Flüela Pass into the Lower Engadine on H27.

From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of St. Moritz on H27

From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27

Lavin is located directly on the Engadine road H27 between Susch and Giarsun/Guarda.


Paid parking at Lavin train station


2'804'093E 1'183'293N
46.769530, 10.111106
46°46'10.3"N 10°06'40.0"E
32T 584834 5180152
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo 1:25‘000: Silvretta 1198 : ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-01198-1


Good shoes, rain and sun protection, water bottle, first aid kit.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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13.3 km
5:00 h
969 m
746 m
Highest point
2,239 m
Lowest point
1,422 m
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