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Guarda – Alp Sura (Round tour)

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  • Blick auf Guarda und die umliegende Bergwelt
    / Blick auf Guarda und die umliegende Bergwelt
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Schneeschuhlaufen oberhalb Guarda.
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / Guarda im Winter
    Photo: Dominik Täuber, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
  • / High above Guarda
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
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Beautiful snowshoe tour above Guarda – the circular route leads over open terrain and through forest sections up to Alp Sura.
moderate
Distance 5.7 km
2:45 h
470 m
470 m
2,120 m
1,667 m
In the eastern part of the Engadine village of Guarda, an alpine trail climbs towards Val Tuoi. After overcoming the first altitude step over open terrain, the trail branches off to the right in Clüs. The trail continues through quiet forests to Alp Sura. Alp Sura lies above the timberline, at the foot of Piz Cotschen. It is worth taking a break here, if only for the view of the Engadine mountains: Piz Buin towers in the north, Piz Macun on the other side, and far below the Inn meanders through the Engadine valley.

Due to the alpine dangers, it is not advisable to advance further into the valley without a mountain guide. The descent first leads along the alpine road. After the first prominent left-hand bend, the trail continues on the old path to Perlas and across the clearing. Through loose forest you reach Clüs again and then the road to Guarda.

 Note:

  • Snowshoe trails are NOT preapred
  • This snowshoe hike is a SwitzerlandMobility tour and is therefore signposted.

Author’s recommendation

To round off the tour, it is advisable to plan a little more time in the Engadine village. Guarda is famous for its picturesque village square and its splendid sgraffiti-adorned houses. One of them inspired Alois Carigiet when he drew Schellen-Ursli's home. The well-known story about the tradition "Chalandamarz" is set in the Lower Engadine village.
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Update: March 04, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,120 m
Lowest point
1,667 m
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Safety information

Please note the condition reports in the winter sports report. The tour was assessed in favourable weather conditions, current snow and weather conditions must be noted before starting.

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

Start

Guarda village (1,667 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'807'426E 1'184'137N
DD
46.776092, 10.155100
DMS
46°46'33.9"N 10°09'18.4"E
UTM
32T 588183 5180930
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Destination

Guarda village

Turn-by-turn directions

From the village northwest

Junction Lajet/ Alp Sura

steep ascent to Alp Sura

alternative: partly alpine road

Note

Wildlife refuge Laret: December 21 - April 20
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or Upper Engadine) hourly to Guarda.
  • With the PostBus connection to Guarda, cumün

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
  • Giarsun is directly on the Engadine road H27 (20 minutes drive from Vereina south portal). From there, Guarda can be reached in ten minutes by car.

Parking

  • Paid parking available in front of the village

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'807'426E 1'184'137N
DD
46.776092, 10.155100
DMS
46°46'33.9"N 10°09'18.4"E
UTM
32T 588183 5180930
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Snowshoe equipment, high and sturdy hiking boots or winter boots, warm clothing, sun protection

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Rating

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Eric Ryf
December 28, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? December 28, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.7 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
470 m
Descent
470 m
Highest point
2,120 m
Lowest point
1,667 m
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