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Champlönch Children's Trail: along the old mule track (Swiss National Park)

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Easy hike along the Champlönch Children's Trail, one of the highlights for children in the Swiss National Park. The virtual hiking guide leads through the beautiful region and provides interesting information on the history, the animals and the work of the park rangers.
moderate
Distance 5 km
1:45 h
189 m
234 m
2,034 m
1,800 m
An ideal hike for families, even with small children. Following in the footsteps of the muleteers, the trail leaves the present-day Ofenpass road and follows the former connection from Zernez in the direction of the Ofenpass. The reward at the end is the sun terrace of the National Park Hotel Il Fuorn.

Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Swiss National Park, not even on a leash. Further information on this and all protection regulations can be found at nationalpark.ch/protect regulations.

Author’s recommendation

 The National Park Centre in Zernez offers a booklet incl. audio CD on the Champlönch Children's Trail.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,034 m
Lowest point
1,800 m
Best time of year
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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

nationalpark.ch 

 

Start

PostBus stop Champlönch P1 (1,834 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'808'692E 1'173'449N
DD
46.679604, 10.166806
DMS
46°40'46.6"N 10°10'00.5"E
UTM
32T 589235 5170221
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Destination

PostBus stop Il Fuorn P6

Turn-by-turn directions

  • The hiking trail begins at car park 1 on the Ofenpass road and the Champlönch post bus stop (P1)
  • First the path climbs eastwards, then it follows a railing to the long Champlönch Alp (the former path over the Ofenpass ran here before the current road alignment was chosen in the 19th century)
  • The path leads past a small marshy watercourse into which springs flow
  • In the southeast corner of the Champlönch meadow, the path turns left towards Il Fuorn
  • The path leads through a small furrow between woods rising on both sides, which bears the local name Badachül
  • The path then zigzags steadily downhill to the bridge over the Ova da Val Ftur
  • Now follows a slight counter-ascension through the God sur il Fuorn to the meadow Plan Posa
  • Through an impressive avalanche path and several mudflows, the trail finally reaches the meadows of the Ofenberg estate and, with the Hotel Parc Naziunal Il Fuorn and the Il Fuorn post bus stop (P6), also the destination of the hike

Note

National park Swiss National Park: December 20 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or from the Lower Engadine) hourly to
  • Continue by PostBus every hour to the PostBus stop

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 to Zernez
  • From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of St. Moritz on H27 to Zernez
  • From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27 to Zernez

Parking

  • Free parking at the railway station, in the village and at the National Park Visitor Centre in Zernez
  • Free parking in car park 1 on the Ofenpass road

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'808'692E 1'173'449N
DD
46.679604, 10.166806
DMS
46°40'46.6"N 10°10'00.5"E
UTM
32T 589235 5170221
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Hiking shoes, warm clothing, sun and rain protection, booklet «Kinderpfad Champlönch» or App iWebPark

Questions and answers

Question from Shiva Charaf · July 21, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag Ist dieser Wanderweg auf mit Kinderwagen befahrbar
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Bun di, stimada duonna Charaf Grazcha fichun – herzlichen Dank für Ihre Nachfrage. Die Wanderwege im Schweizerischen Nationalpark sind alle nicht mit dem Kinderwagen befahrbar. Rund um die Region Zernez können wir Ihnen mit dem Kinderwagen aber folgende Routen empfehlen: 1. Zernez – Susch Die flache Tour dem Inn entlang verspricht viel landschaftlichen Reiz. Wildromantische Wälder wechseln mit grünen Wiesen. Ringsherum türmen sich die mächtigen Gipfel des Unterengadins. Nach ca. 30-minütigem Fussmarsch befindet sich die Feuerstelle Güstizia, (Brennholz ist vorhanden). Weiter trifft man auf die Dörfer Susch und Lavin. Vorallem Susch, das am Fuss des Flüelapasses liegt, ist mit seinen vielen Bündner Häusern und dem Muzeum eine Augenweide. 2. Zernez Dorfwanderung Im alten Dorfteil von Zernez geht ein kleiner etwas steilerer Weg (kinderwagenfreundlich) hoch Richtung Baselgia Gronda. Wenn man weiter Richtung «Ofenpass» spaziert, erreicht man die Feuerstelle Costetta. Folgt man dem Weg, kann man bis Ausgang Zernez laufen, die Holzbrücke die über den Spöl führt, überqueren. Der Weg führt dann beim Schiesstand vorbei und man kann entweder beim Kinderspielplatz rasten oder weiter spazieren bis zum Bahnhof. Wir hoffen, dies hilft Ihnen ein wenig weiter und stehen Ihnen gerne unter zernez@engadin.com zur Verfügung. Amiaivels salüds, Ihre Ferienregion Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
189 m
Descent
234 m
Highest point
2,034 m
Lowest point
1,800 m
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