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Lavin - Sagliains (Return Route)

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  • Lavin am Inn im Unterengadin
    / Lavin am Inn im Unterengadin
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur, Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair
m 1500 1450 1400 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Bahnhof Sagliains Bahnhof Lavin Bahnhof Lavin
An entertaining circular hike to the south portal of the Vereina railway tunnel, where you can observe the loading operations.
easy
Distance 3 km
0:45 h
113 m
113 m
1,478 m
1,421 m
From Lavin train station, the path first descends into the village centre and follows the signs to Chamonna Linard at the western end of the village. Traversing under the Engadine road and the train tracks you reach the Crusch plain. The tour continues slightly uphill to the vantage point above the loading station at the Vereina tunnel. Every half hour or 20 minutes you can watch the busy loading and unloading of the car trains at this major Engadine traffic junction. The return journey is along the same route.

Author’s recommendation

The name Lavin orginates from the Roman "labi" which means landslide or avalanche. This is obvious by looking up to the steep slopes and gullies of Piz Chapisun which rises to the north of the path. Today, the slopes are secured by state-of-the-art technology. If you look closely, you can see the avalanche towers that can trigger avalanches by remote control on the uppermost visible rocks above the path.
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Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG (ml)
Update: December 17, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,478 m
Lowest point
1,421 m
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Safety information

The trail is groomed after each snowfall. 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

Tips and hints

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Start

Lavin railway station (1,431 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'804'091E 1'183'291N
DD
46.769513, 10.111082
DMS
46°46'10.2"N 10°06'39.9"E
UTM
32T 584832 5180150
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Destination

Lavin railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

From the station to the village centre

Follow the signs to Chamonna Linard

Continue to the western exit of the village

Cross under the road and railway tracks to Crusch

Climb to the viewpoint Return the same way as out

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau, from the Upper Engadine or from Scuol) hourly to Lavin station.

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

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
2'804'091E 1'183'291N
DD
46.769513, 10.111082
DMS
46°46'10.2"N 10°06'39.9"E
UTM
32T 584832 5180150
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Winterkarte Engadin Scuol (an der Gäste-Information erhältlich)

Equipment

High and sturdy hiking boots or winter boots, warm clothing, sun protection, hiking poles, as needed: sledges for the descent.

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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
113 m
Descent
113 m
Highest point
1,478 m
Lowest point
1,421 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Refreshment stops available
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1600 m 1800 m
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