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Circular hike Aual Claif

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  • Aual Claif
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«Auals» is the Romanesque term for the historic irrigation channels and ditches in Val Müstair. This easy circular hike follows the Aual Claif and takes between 2 and 2.5 hours. The Aual Claif carries water from July to October.
easy
Distance 4.9 km
2:00 h
181 m
181 m
In the dry Val Müstair, the meadows and fields have been artificially irrigated for centuries to secure and increase the yield. The water was often channelled over long distances from side streams or even from the main river Rom to the agricultural areas.

 

As part of the overall agricultural melioration, a network with modern irrigation systems was installed in the Val Müstair and the Auals visibly lost their importance. With the abandonment of the Auals, the old crafts and knowledge were also forgotten. Today, the value and functions of the Auals are mainly of a cultural-historical nature. But biodiversity also benefits from the still water-bearing Auals. Thanks to an initiative of the Swiss Landscape Conservation Foundation, the municipality of Val Müstair and the nature park, selected Auals have been restored for several years and the remains of former Auals have been made visible again in the terrain.

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Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
Update: September 22, 2021
Difficulty
easy
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Landscape
Highest point
1,524 m
Lowest point
1,373 m
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Safety information

The tour was assessed in favourable weather conditions, it is imperative that the current weather conditions and weather forecasts are observed before starting the tour.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Start

Sta. Maria, cumün (1,375 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'828'754E 1'165'548N
DD
46.602012, 10.424898
DMS
46°36'07.2"N 10°25'29.6"E
UTM
32T 609129 5161924
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Destination

Sta. Maria, cumün

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from Sta. Maria, PostBus stop cumün, follow the Umbrailstrasse and take the second turning on the left towards Guad. Now walk through the fields in the direction of Müstair. At the first crossroads, turn right up the gravel path to «Aua Naira». Here the path branches again and you follow the hiking trail to the right in the direction of «Döss da las Levras». After a short section on the Umbrail road, quickly leave it again and follow the hiking trail on the right towards «Döss da las Levras / Muranzina». After about 300 m, the hiking trail begins along the Aual Claif and goes almost to its socket at the Muranzina. The water of the Aual Claif used to irrigate most of the meadows of Sta. Maria. After the wooden bridge over the Muranzina, you can descend to the right towards Sta. Maria.

Note


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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or from the Upper Engadine) hourly to Zernez station.
  • Continue by PostBus (from Zernez or Mals) hourly to PostBus stop Sta. Maria, cumün

Getting there

  • Von Norden: über Landquart – Klosters per Autoverlad durch den Vereinatunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains). Von Zernez auf der H28 ins Val Müstair bis nach Sta. Maria (40 Minuten Fahrtzeit ab Vereina Südportal).
  • Von Osten: via Reschenpass (Nauders) auf der SS40 bis nach Mals. Von Mals auf der SS41 bis an die Schweizer Grenze nach Sta. Maria. 
  • From the south: Via Bolzano and Merano on the SS40 to Malles. From Mals on the SS41 to the Swiss border in Sta. Maria.

Parking

Free parking in Sta. Maria, behind the petrol station

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'828'754E 1'165'548N
DD
46.602012, 10.424898
DMS
46°36'07.2"N 10°25'29.6"E
UTM
32T 609129 5161924
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

In 2010, the book «Flurbewässerung im Val Müstair» was published, which presents the results and photographs from the inventory of the Auals. In addition, the book takes a look at the past times of the Auals as well as other regions with similar irrigation systems. The updated new edition was published in summer 2018 and can be obtained from the Center da Biosfera at a price of CHF 20.

Equipment

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

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Rating

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Jürg Manser
August 19, 2021 · Community
Keine Ahnung, wo greb lx gewandert ist: Wir haben den Aual (oder heisst es das Aual?) bei Sta. Maria problemlos gefunden und waren sehr beeindruckt. Unübersehbar im romantischen Lärchenwald gelegen. Hilfreich ist es auf jeden Fall, sich vorzubereiten und eine Karte dabei zu haben. Haben ja heute alle auf dem Handy… Also: Nix wie hin!
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When did you do this route? August 19, 2021
Greb Ix
July 13, 2021 · Community
Wir haben diesen Weg heute Vormittag verfolgt, wir sind sehr enttäuscht, denn wir haben nichts über das, was im Text beschrieben ist, gesehen, noch was die Fotos zeigen ! Wahrscheinlich ein Fehler in der Korrespondenz mit der Karte!
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.9 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
181 m
Descent
181 m
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