"My brother and his wife went with you. I went with their recommendation. So glad I did!"- Lauri W.
Walk through time-forgotten villages and quiet forests.
Picnic amongst beautiful mountain lakes.
Photograph glaciers, snow-capped peaks and cute chalets huddled in pastoral valleys.
Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th C. 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’ll pass from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its flower filled meadows, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks to the edge of the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia, with its piercing granite spires. A flexible inn-to-inn itinerary allows for both gentler and moderate hiking options. You’ll walk alongside some of the region’s sparkling lakes, and hike to a number of mountain restaurants where the views compete with the cuisine for attention. Hikers should be prepared for a week of spectacular hiking and the hospitality of Engadine innkeepers who pride themselves on their historic inns, quaint villages and unique cultural heritage.
Villages along the route include the wonderfully authentic Zuoz, the quiet hamlet of Bever, the small resort of Pontresina and the charming and sleepy Sils Maria, with its idyllic location on a plain between two lakes. The range of villages rivals the geography in fascination and variety, and our selected inns complement each location.
Arrive in Scuol, the home of both modern and ancient Roman-Irish baths – an extensive spa complex. Check into your hotel.
A short bus ride takes you to the tiny hillside hamlet of Vna. Lovely farmroads lead into single track as you descend to the mysterious Kurhaus Val Sinestra. Farm road and trail leads to the town of Sent. Bus or walk to Scuol.
Start with another short bus ride to the chairlift at Ftan. Ride the lift and hike across lovely open alpine ground to Alp Laret, an active dairy and simple restaurant. Descend to Alp Valmalla and wander down the Val Tasna to historic Ardez. Short train/van ride to Guarda or walk.
Wander up and out of Guarda on good trails, initially through meadow and then forest. Reach your cruising altitude at treeline and enjoy a long traverse with views across the valley of the high peaks of the only Swiss National Park. Descend a seldom visited valley and wander back into Guarda (or take the train).
Yesterday you were gazing at the National Park and today you are in the heart of it. Ascend a tight and wild valley on good trails to a high wildlife observation platform. After gazing at the steinbock, cross the valley for return on an excellent trail to S-chanf and a short train ride to Zuoz, a fascinating antique village.
Return to the Via Engiadina. This is the same trail as your first hike, except now you are in the heart of the Upper Engadine. Ascend on cobblestones out of Zuoz and traverse farm roads to forested trails above the hamlet of La Punt. Connect to sunny Bever for a quick train transfer to Pontresina.
Perhaps the gentlest day of the trip is a rewarding way to finish. The Val Roseg is as spectacular as any in the Alps. Ringed by high glaciated peaks, the ascent of the valley is without obstacles, so you can keep your eyes on the heights! A network of serpentine and forested trails returns you to Pontresina and your superb hotel.
Depart. Zurich Airport is 3 hours and forty minutes away by train.