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Lavin – Guarda – Ardez – Ftan – Scuol

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  • Bei Ftan im Unterengadin.
    / Bei Ftan im Unterengadin.
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Oberhalb von Ardez mit Blick auf die Ruine Steinsberg.
    Photo: Michael Leibacher, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Das Engadiner Dorf Ardez.
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Guarda, das Schellen-Ursli Dorf im Unterengadin
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Von Guarda nach Bos-cha
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Guarda mit dem Schellen-Ursli-Haus
    Photo: Niculin Meyer, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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The panoramic hike on the sunny side of the Lower Engadine leads through authentic Engadine mountain villages and offers magnificent views of the mountain world.
moderate
Distance 20 km
7:00 h
532 m
720 m
1,709 m
1,242 m
The panoramic hike on the sunny slopes of the Lower Engadine leads through striking Engadine villages such as Lavin, Guarda, Ardez and Ftan. Narrow alleys with sgraffito-ornamented houses wait to be explored. Between the villages, the rather easy path runs through stretches rich in nature with magnificent views of the Engadine mountain world. In spring you can marvel at the diverse flora, in autumn at the golden colours.

Author’s recommendation

  • Between Lavin and Guarda, just a few steps from the path you will find the ancient ruin of Gonda.
  • Take your time and explore the streets of Guarda.
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Author
Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
Update: July 09, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,709 m
Lowest point
1,242 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

www.scuol-zernez.com 

Start

Lavin, station (1,429 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'804'154E 1'183'330N
DD
46.769848, 10.111924
DMS
46°46'11.5"N 10°06'42.9"E
UTM
32T 584896 5180189
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Destination

PostBus stop Scuol, Belvédère

Turn-by-turn directions

From the railway station in Lavin we follow the signposts to Guarda. The path climbs steadily to the village, high above the Inn. After passing through it, a little road with little traffic leads us to the hamlet of Bos-cha. Immediately beyond, we have the choice of following the direct path towards Ardez or choosing a slightly higher variant on a mountain trail that offers more nature.

After a recommended detour to Ardez, we follow the signs to Ftan. The path climbs slightly and we pass the Chanoua ruins. Shortly after, the path goes slightly downhill and we walk a short distance on a very little used road. Immediately after the bridge over the Tasnan torrent, we turn left to follow the hiking trail towards Ftan after a few metres. After a short stretch through the forest, we cross the road and go past the Hotel Paradies directly into the village. At the end of Ftan we have the option of following the lower or upper hiking trail down to Scuol. The upper variant takes a little longer and is a little steeper on the way down, but perhaps also a bit more scenic.

 

Of course, the hike can also be done wonderfully from Scuol to Lavin.

Note

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

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or Upper Engadine) hourly to Lavin

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

Parking

  • Paid parking at the railway station in Lavin.
  • It is recommended to travel by Rhaetian Railway, as this is a long-distance tour.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'804'154E 1'183'330N
DD
46.769848, 10.111924
DMS
46°46'11.5"N 10°06'42.9"E
UTM
32T 584896 5180189
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Swisstopo Wanderkarte 50'000 «Tarasp» Ausgabejahr: 2019 ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-30249-2 oder je nach Gebiet
  • Swisstopo Wanderkarte 50'000 «Nationalpark» Ausgabejahr: 2019  ISBN-Nummer: 978-3-302-30459-5

Author’s map recommendations

  • Swisstopo 1 : 33 33 Unterengadin

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, sun protection.

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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Rating

5.0
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Jürgen Harald
October 08, 2020 · Community
Herrliche Wanderung, sehr vielseitig, tolle Ausblicke, Panorama, unterschiedliche Wegbeschaffenheiten, sehr abwechslungsreich, leichte Steigungen vorhanden.
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C G
September 28, 2020 · Community
Tolle Höhenwanderung, sehr aussichtsreich, beste Ausschilderung
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When did you do this route? September 28, 2020
Photo: C G, Community
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Photo: C G, Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
532 m
Descent
720 m
Highest point
1,709 m
Lowest point
1,242 m
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