Hiking tours in Swiss Engadine

The Engadine, a Swiss valley, and region bordering Austria and Italy, is perhaps the most cheerful and charming section of the already immensely charming Swiss Alps.

Located in the Canton of Grisons, the Engadine is a multilingual valley, with the locals speaking German, Italian, and the ancient Romansh language, which is one of the official languages of Grisons and traces its heritage back to Roman Latin. The Engadine valley is an idyllic setting with pastoral fields and woodlands rolling up to the slopes of majestic glacier-capped mountains. The towns in the region retain much of their historic architecture and castles punctuate the start and end of the valley. In history, the Engadine was part of an important crossing point in the Alps and the villages that remain today are reminiscent of that history, built from stone and covered in colorful stucco as well as historic graffiti, or as it’s called in the region “Sgraffito”.

The experience of staying in the Engadine is one of utmost calm. The hotels in the region are often luxurious and comfortable, as the Engadine is a popular destination for those looking to spend a sunny weekend in the embrace of the alps. The locals are typically long-time residents and their families have often been in the valley for innumerable generations. Plenty of cultural activities are available in the valley including wine tasting, touring castles and historic plazas, and of course, riding in the toy-store style trains and buses that connect the valley’s villages. In the winter the traditional activities of long distance sledding and horse-drawn sleighs are favorites for both tourists and locals alike.

Eating in the Engadine is an engaged affair, often occurring over five or more courses. The hotels in the region serve decadent dishes consisting of local meats, cheeses, and bread. Taking influence from both the German-Swiss and Italian cooking traditions, here a fondue is just as likely as a fresh pasta. Of particular note is the quality of the water in the Engadine. The valley stands at one of the heads of the watershed that eventually joins the Danube and as a result, the water is startlingly cold and clear – as well as deliciously potable. The towns in the Engadine are all equipped with large decorative fountains which fresh drinking water pours out of in a constant glimmering stream.

The Engadine region’s hiking offers a deep variety of options. All of the Engadine’s villages are linked by the impeccable train system and the upper reaches are often served by cable car or chairlift. As a result, the hiking in Engadine is incredibly adaptable. Everything from climbing the rugged peaks above to peaceful valley walks is possible. The region even supports a host of winter walking trails which are a truly magical experience. Above the valley looms the impressive Bernina Massif. To this day Piz Bernina is capped by a dramatic glaciated summit. Due to the variety of experiences available in the Engadine, we offer multiple tours in the Engadine region, including the Engadine Summit Series – a tour catered towards those who dream of climbing the region’s more approachable summits.

The villages of the Engadine are the valley’s heart and soul. Some of the more notable ones are Scuol, Pontresina, and Sils Maria. Scuol is among the larger villages in the valley and is distinguished by charming sgraffito, multiple statues of the region’s historic figures, and the nearby 11th century Castle Tarasp. Pontresina is a popular resort town and an even more popular winter destination. The town is lively and full of alpinists preparing to ascend the local peaks. The nearby Val Roseg is also a stunning destination, with horse-drawn carriages transporting tourists up into the sunny valley, surrounded by some of the region’s more impressive mountains such as the Piz Roseg and Piz Bernina. Sils Maria is a lakeside village of much lore. It was a favorite summer destination of the German philosopher Nietzsche and his summer home there has been turned into a museum!

The Engadine is the destination of a lifetime and a long-time favorite of Ryder Walker’s clients and guides. The comfort and accessibility of the region pairs beautifully with its dramatic landscape and the full roster of activities at the lucky visitor’s fingertips!

Hillside Swiss village

This week-long inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to that of Italy. Staying in the most charming villages and quaint inns, we pass from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its quaint old villages, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks and into the wild and...

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$4950*

Guided Tour Date

July 15-22 & Sept 12-19, 2023

Self-Guided Tour Date

June-October

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Hikers above Sils Maria, Switzerland

The Highlights of Switzerland is designed to provide exceptional hiking with a broad range of physical challenge. This makes it perfect for families and parties with different interests and abilities. It is also designed to please those who prefer to unpack and stay unpacked for a few days at a time. We begin in Sils Maria, one of the loveliest...

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$5700*

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June 30-July 9, 2023

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engadine summit

Feel the burn in your legs as our expert team of Bergführer take you mountain hopping across the undiscovered peaks of eastern Switzerland. Beginning in the picturesque village of Zuoz, we spend eight days summiting the many mid-height, un-glaciated mountain peaks that the Engadine region is famous for. Hike to the mountaintops by day, and bed down in the region’s...

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$5360*

Guided Tour Date

August 14-21, 2023

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Late June-Mid September

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engadine trek

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 16th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This...

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$3050*

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June-October

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engadine summit

Feel the burn in your legs as you mountain hop across the undiscovered peaks of eastern Switzerland. Beginning in the picturesque village of Zuoz, you spend eight days summiting the many mid-height, un-glaciated mountain peaks that the Engadine region is famous for. Hike to the mountaintops by day, and bed down in the region’s quintessentially Swiss inns by night. Spend...

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$3050*

Guided Tour Date

August 14-21, 2023

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Late June-Mid September

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Engadine mountain range

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This...

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$3120*

Guided Tour Date

July 15-22 & Sept 12-19, 2023

Self-Guided Tour Date

June-October

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Self Guided Winter Engadine Trek

Winter. This is the magical time when Switzerland wears her finest clothes. Snowflakes quietly descend upon tranquil storybook villages, the mountain air carries an aroma of hot spiced wine, and jingle bells ring as horse-drawn sleighs carry excited travelers to their cozy mountain homes. This is the season for roasted chestnuts, fireside dinners, and bubbling fondue. Each alpine region celebrates...

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$3400*

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January-March

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Swiss Engadine Mini Trek

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This...

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$1890*

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Mid June - Mid October

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Hear It From Our Guests

“Challenging hiking with stunning scenery as the reward for effort; some less arduous days still with beautiful views; nice accommodation in which to relax after hiking; good food; professional caring guides; companionship with our guides; the guides’ enthusiasm which was infectious and encouraging.” (Eiger Trail)
Michael G.
“I loved the diversity of the trails. Each day had new sights, which kept the trek interesting. I loved that our group was large and fairly well-matched in pace. Our guides were also very interesting and engaging which made even the most grueling days fun and enjoyable. I generally liked the huts we stopped at for lunch. I also enjoyed that the hike was fairly strenuous – it was a perfect level of difficulty. Guides were EXCELLENT!” (Matterhorn)
Dana R.

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