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Lavin – Guarda: Short but promising

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  • Guarda im Unterengadin
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Easy and panoramic hike from Lavin on the Inn River, up to the picturesquely situated Engadine village of Guarda. 
easy
Distance 4 km
1:30 h
255 m
29 m
1,655 m
1,418 m
From the station we start in the direction of the church to the eastern exit of the village. A subway leads safely under the railway line and Engadin road. With a steady incline up to the first hill, where the path splits. Both paths lead to Guarda, the one on the left continues on a steady incline, the one on the right goes straight ahead, flat at first and following the slope in a few bends, before it then joins the upper winter hiking trail again via a larger incline. Almost exactly halfway between Lavin and Guarda (after the short forest section) you pass through the former settlement of Gonda. After another ascent over the terraced slopes, the trail turns left to the bridge over the Clozza mountain stream, which at this point also forms the municipal boundary between the two large municipalities of Zernez and Scuol. Soon afterwards you reach the road and the entrance to Guarda. The PostBus stop is reached by turning left at the church. 

Author’s recommendation

Take plenty of time to visit the village of Guarda. Engadine houses with sgraffito, winding alleys and rustic inns invite you to linger. The PostBus runs several times a day to Guarda railway station below, from where you can catch the train back to Lavin or Scuol.
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Update: March 01, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,655 m
Lowest point
1,418 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

Tips and hints

engadin.com/guarda

Start

Lavin train station (1,429 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'804'101E 1'183'303N
DD
46.769620, 10.111214
DMS
46°46'10.6"N 10°06'40.4"E
UTM
32T 584842 5180162
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Destination

Post-Bus Stop Guarda, cumün

Turn-by-turn directions

  • From Lavin station to the churchTake the subway and branch off to the right
  • Follow the path until after the farmhouses
  • At the junction you can take both pathsFollow path to Gonda and turn left into the valley, following the Clozza
  • Cross the bridge and continue on the forest road towards Guarda
  • The last stretch on the road to Guarda

Note

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

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau, from the Upper Engadine or Scuol) 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 towards 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 (2 minutes drive from Veraina south portal)

Parking

  • Paid parking at the railway station in Lavin.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'804'101E 1'183'303N
DD
46.769620, 10.111214
DMS
46°46'10.6"N 10°06'40.4"E
UTM
32T 584842 5180162
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Lavin village brochure (available at the guest information desk)

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
255 m
Descent
29 m
Highest point
1,655 m
Lowest point
1,418 m
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