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Valserberg - Walserweg

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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Geissalp Peil Valserberg Passübergang Alp Wallatsch Hinterrhein, Dorf beim Abersch Hus
The far end of the Peil Valley has very stunning countryside. On Mount Valserberg you then enjoy wonderful views over the San Bernardino Pass as well as fantastic views over the peaks of Vals and its surrounding areas.
Distance 14.4 km
6:30 h
1,336 m
967 m
2,503 m
1,256 m
The trail leads past one of the oldest houses in Vals, the "Abersch Hus" (pure round timber joinery). In the Peil Valley you come across farmsteads scattered about as well as "Tachli" (thatched roofs) and can find lush green hay meadows that extend right up to the alp land. Rugged ridges, numerous streams and the valley floor's flood plain vegetation give the far end of the Peil Valley its wonderfully stunning countryside. On Mount Valserberg you then enjoy wonderful views over the San Bernardino Pass as well as fantastic views over the peaks of Vals and its surrounding areas.

Mount Valserberg is a historical transit route: Until the new road to Ilanz was built in 1879/ 80 all goods headed south were transported to the Hinterrhein over the Valserberg. The legendary mountain haulers mainly carried their heavy loads over the Valserberg during the winter months. The people of Vals also took livestock over the mountain to Bellenz (Bellinzona) and Lauis (Lugano) to be sold at southern markets.

Author’s recommendation

Also possible: Take the Vals hiking bus to Peiltal. Start the walk at the Kiosk Peil. For the Vals hiking bus registration is required. phone 081 935 16 49. Timetable see
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Update: July 10, 2019
Highest point
2,503 m
Lowest point
1,256 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Requirements: Surefootedness is required between Tschifera and the Wallatsch mountain farm (T2). Caution is advised when wet, cold or in the case of snow or fog on a section of the trail between the Wallatsch mountain farm and Mount Valserberg.

Mother cows defend their calves. Keep a large distance and be aware of how the mother cow is behaving.

Keep the dog on a leash and let it go in case of emergency or attack. link behavior

Tips and hints


Vals Dorfplatz (1,256 m)
2'733'422E 1'164'414N
46.617650, 9.180610
46°37'03.5"N 9°10'50.2"E
32T 513828 5162692



Turn-by-turn directions

From Dorfplatz, the path leads left around the church and up the steep Dorfgasse until you reach Hotel Valserhof. From here there is a wonderful view over the village with its characteristic stone roofs. Soon you will come to a small street, continue on, passing to the right of a double barn and along a little stream until it merges with a dirt road. Follow this to the right until you reach the signs.

From here, there will be a path that starts out steeply and leads across green meadows to the Aberschhus spring pasture. From here the path becomes less steep as it takes you above and past the spring pastures Kartütscha (1,668 m) and Fulplatta and on to a lovely grassy plateau where you will find a fourth spring pasture called Maiensäss uf der Matta (1,734 m). From here, the trail is almost level, leading past the Tschifera spring pasture (1,764 m). Although the trail is marked from here to Wallatschalp it is not easy to see everywhere. From here, hike across alpine meadows to the Balmatachli (group of old barns for storing hay), perched above a rocky cliff. The trail then leads back into the valley. Cross the Wallatschbach stream and after a short climb, you will arrive at the Wallatsch mountain farm, which has a wonderful view of the Peil Valley.

From here, the path leads along the slope over mountain pastures to a cairn dubbed the Steinhirt [“Stone Herdsman”]. After you pass the Furtboda, the trail becomes increasingly rocky and you must cross a scree field to get up to the pass (2,504 m). Along the way you will see old military bunkers. From the summit you can see the Rheinwald, Hinterrhein, and San Bernardino Pass. Going back down to Hinterrhein, you descend a steep path past the Piänetsch mountain farm, from here, follow the road to Hinterrhein (1,650 m) via Tristel, Wald, and Cassana .

Hinterrhein: postal bus service connection to Splügen-Thusis. Then by train via Reichenau-Tamins to Ilanz and back to Vals by postal bus service. Alternative: From Hinterrhein via Misox to Bellinzona.


Wildlife refuge Wandfluh-Casanawald: December 15 - April 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

With Post bus from Ilanz to Vals.

Getting there

Via Chur-Ilanz to Vals.


Parking "Bidem" (paying necessary) near village square.


2'733'422E 1'164'414N
46.617650, 9.180610
46°37'03.5"N 9°10'50.2"E
32T 513828 5162692
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

LK 1:25'000, Nr. 1234 (Vals) + Nr. 1254 (Hinterrhein)


Solid, rainproof, warm clothing. Solid mountain or trekking boots. Gloves, hat, sun protection. Walking poles, food and drink in a rucksack, first aid kit, topographical map, altimeter, compass, mobile phone, torch.

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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14.4 km
6:30 h
1,336 m
967 m
Highest point
2,503 m
Lowest point
1,256 m
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