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Heidi & Gigi Winter Hiking Trail Arosa

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  • Heidi & Gigi Weg Arosa Lenzerheide
    / Heidi & Gigi Weg Arosa Lenzerheide
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Heidi & Gigi Winterwanderweg
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Urdenbahn
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Audioguide - Hörnli
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Audioguide Arosa Bärenland
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Stiftung Arosa Bären / VIER PFOTEN
  • / Audioguide - Urdensee
    Photo: Nicole Fischler, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Alpenblick aussen
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Arosa, Prätschli
The Heidi & Gigi Trail is an exciting and challenging mountain tour that connects the two areas of Arosa and Lenzerheide. The tour can also be shortened with the mountain railways. (This section of the route refers to the stage Arosa)
Distance 8.3 km
3:00 h
702 m
112 m
2,486 m
1,895 m

What has long been a tradition in summer is also possible in winter. The Heidi & Gigi Trail connects Arosa with Lenzerheide and vice versa. Along the winter hiking trail you can enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery, use the latest transport facilities such as the Urden cable car and enjoy a meal in one of the beautiful mountain restaurants. The Heidi & Gigi Trail can be tackled both from Arosa and from Lenzerheide. The "LenzerHeidi" and the "Gigi vo Arosa" have gone hand in hand at least since the opening of the Urden cable car. Occasionally, however, the two also visit each other on foot, enjoying wonderful views over mountain peaks and valleys as well as a snack or two in the various restaurants along the way. Follow the connecting path and fall in love with the unique landscape of Heidi & Gigi.


The ascent to the Hörnli is always slightly uphill. For hikers who prefer to complete this section by cable car, there is the option of boarding a Hörnli Express cable car in Innerarosa. The "Urdenbahn" connecting cable car takes you to the Lenzerheide holiday region.

Author’s recommendation

Switch on the free audio guide on your Outdoor Active app. This will give you exciting information about the Arosa Bear Sanctuary, the Hörnligrat and Lake Urden while you're on the trail. 
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Update: January 07, 2022
Highest point
2,486 m
Lowest point
1,895 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Restaurant Burestübli
Restaurant Alpenblick
Hörnlihütte Arosa

Safety information

Winter hiking poles are an advantage, as the winter hiking trail is very steep in a few sections. Inform third parties about your hike. The winter hiking trail crosses the ski slope in some places. Please pay attention.

Tips and hints

If you want to continue the trail in Lenzerheide, follow the Heidi & Gigi Trail Lenzerheide. The section from Hörnli to Urdenfürggli and Urdenfürggli to Scharmoin is not possible on foot. The Urden cable car and the Urdenfüggli and Motta chairlifts can be used to continue the hike. Here you will find the operating times of the mountain railways. 

Arosa strives to provide hikers with a well-developed and marked network of hiking trails. Please heed the rules and signposting. You will find further helpful tips under the hiking information. 


Prätschli (1,894 m)
2'770'692E 1'184'509N
46.789863, 9.674460
46°47'23.5"N 9°40'28.1"E
32T 551476 5182033


Lenzerheide or Inner Arosa

Turn-by-turn directions

Prätschli - Middle station Luftseilbahn Arosa-Weisshorn - Sattelalp - Restaurant Alpenblick - Hörnligrat - Urdenbahn


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Arriving by train in Chur, switch to the Arosa Train. Approx. 1 hour later you'll arrive in Arosa. From there you can take the free local bus to Prätschli where the hike starts. Another option is to take the Gondola right from the train station and shorten the hike by starting at the middle station.

Getting there

From Chur, follow the signs to Arosa. At the entrance to the village, you can either leave your car in the car parking or continue towards Prätschli, from where the hike starts. 


At the entrance to the village there are large signs indicating the various parking options. We recommend the Obersee car park.

You can find more information under Arosa Parking.


2'770'692E 1'184'509N
46.789863, 9.674460
46°47'23.5"N 9°40'28.1"E
32T 551476 5182033
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Winterhiking Panoramamap


Sturdy shoes, winter hiking poles, clothing suitable for the weather and something to drink are recommended.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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8.3 km
3:00 h
702 m
112 m
Highest point
2,486 m
Lowest point
1,895 m
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