Switzerland | Swiss Engadine Mini Trek

Hike through majestic glaciated peaks and sparkling meadows.

Trip Highlights:

  • The upper Engadine boasts the highest glaciated peaks of the Eastern Alps.
  • Hike to a number of mountain restaurants where the views compete with the cuisine for attention.
  • Follow the length of the En River through Switzerland, from near the Austrian border to that of Italy.

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 trek follows the length of the En River through Switzerland, from near the Austrian border to that of Italy.

Staying in the most charming villages and following a gentle to moderate route toward the south, you hike through the upper Engadine, with its majestic, glaciated peaks, and the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia and its piercing granite spires.

Walk alongside some of the region’s sparkling meadows, and hike to a number of mountain restaurants where the views compete with the cuisine for attention. Hikers should be prepared for spectacular hiking and the hospitality of Engadine innkeepers who pride themselves on their historic inns, quaint villages, and unique cultural heritage.

In the upper Engadine, the Swiss have developed an extensive trail and lift system, and built a number of resort villages with every convenience and amenity. The upper Engadine boasts the highest glaciated peaks of the Eastern Alps. As you drop into the Val Bregaglia, a deep valley with dramatic granite spires, you reach your final evening in Soglio, a preserved, circular “hill town” of stone construction.

Throughout the trip, you experience a range of accommodations, from first-class to old world hotels, and charming village inns. Favorites are the converted 17th century houses and inns along the way, our elegant hotel in Sils Maria, and our hotel in Soglio with its patio (great for dinner on a warm evening!) overlooking the Sciora range.

Trip Itinerary

Choose from our standard itinerary or customize the trek by adding or subtracting days. We are happy to offer harder or gentler hikes where possible.

Transfer to Zuoz and overnight in a charming inn.

Climb to the Segantini hut and enjoy the finest views of the Engadine. Overnight in Pontresina, home of the sacred Church of Santa Maria, adorned with 13th century frescoes.

A moderately strenuous day through larch forests and high meadows provides a sensational opportunity to view the sparkling lakes of the Engadine. Have lunch at an alpine lake, the Hahnensee, followed by a spectacular lakeside walk to Sils Maria.

Strike out on a rough-hewn Roman road; an ancient path connecting long-deserted farming hamlets of the Val Bregaglia. The magnificent granite spires of the Bregaglia tower all around as you wind your way into Italian-speaking Soglio, one of the most beautiful and well preserved historic villages located anywhere in the Alps.

Swiss Engadine Mini Trek | Switzerland

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