Experience the unspoilt nature and wild mountain landscape of the Parc Ela National Park in Graubünden through this six day trek. Journey with us through this magical kingdom of high mountain passes, glistening lakes and rich alpine meadows.
We start at the base of the UNESCO Rhätikon train in the mountain village of Bergün and make our way through mountain forests, high alpine trails and over prominent passes. As we journey through varied terrain, we experience first hand the forces that came into play to make the dramatic scenery and home of high alpine flora and fauna.
The mix of traditional and alpine accommodation along the route gives a unique and authentic insight into Swiss Alpine life and its treasures.
This is a medium difficulty tour- perfect for hikers with experience in alpine terrain and good fitness. Most of the routes are along RED (Austrian Classification) paths. You should be prepared to walk between 4-8 hrs per day – with the longest days’ ascent being a 1000m climb. The walking pace will be around 300m/hr (ascent).
A real mix of trails – from easy, wider trails to narrower, uneven paths with some exposed sections. Sure-footedness and head for heights are needed.
We meet either at Munich Hauptbahnhof to take the train together or directly in Bergün.
Accommodation: 4 bed room with bath/shower, bedding & towel, WC, hairdryer (Evening meal, board & breakfast)
We leave the mountain village of Bergün and start our climb through lush alpine forest. Passing the tree line, we continue through alpine meadow and into the rocky landscapes of the Parc D’Ela. Our hut for the night is an idyllic self-catered Swiss Alpine hut. With a well-resourced kitchen, we are able to cook up a tasty dinner and relax with some star-gazing.
Accommodation: Shared room. Toilet & wash basin. Ingredients for dinner & breakfast provided and distributed by group to carry up. Group preparation, cooking and clear up are part of this experience.
Lunch: Packed lunch (Available for purchase at hotel or in Bergün).
We say goodbye to our Heidi hut and set off through the moonscape landscape to the Pass D’Ela at 2724m. The rocks of this area bear witness to the formation of the Alps. The mix of rocks from European and African continental plates, as well as sea bed, provide a stunning backdrop to our hike as we continue passed high alpine lakes to the next pass, Furschela da Tschitta at 2830m.
As we descend into the Val Tschitta we leave the rocks behind and enter an area of alpine meadows. Our route zig-zags through marmot territory and follows the babbling stream down towards the alpine village of Preda.
Our accommodation is on the outskirts of the village, where we can relax and sup up the mountain panoramas from the sunny terrace.
Accommodation: Guest house. Twin rooms with sink, shared shower & WC, Half-board (evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Packed lunch (Pre-purchase in Bergün).
After a good rest and hearty breakfast, we take a short bus trip up the valley towards the Albula Pass. Our hike then starts through low alpine pine and meadows, passing another glorious mountain lake until we reach the pass, Crap Alv 2466m. Descending into the Bever Valley we get magnificent views into this wild and luscious landscape, carved out by glaciers, which once reached up to 2800m in height.
We progress up the valley following the river Bever and wind our way up the Chamanna Jennatsch, our accommodation for the night.
Accommodation: Dorm room with shared washroom/toilet, Half-board (evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Packed lunch (Available for purchase from guest house in Preda)
After the highest night of our trek, we continue for a short stretch upwards into the basin of the Piz Agnel. Our trail winds its way up, passing the pastel coloured waters of the glacial lake below. Against the colour of the orange rocks around, you may have the impression of being in Iceland.
Here we reach the highest point of our trek, crossing the Fuorca d’Agnel pass at 2982m. We descend into the alpine meadows of the Val d’Agnel and reach our guest house below the historic Julier Pass, connecting the cantons of Engadin and Graubünden and used as a transport route since Roman times. Leaving our packs at the guest house, there is an option for a short walk to the pass.
Accommodation: Shared room (2/4 bed) with shared shower, WC (Evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Packed lunch (Purchased at Chamanna Jenatsch)
The last day of our trek takes us over the Fuorcla digl Leget pass and along a historical and geological timeline of the Alps. Along the way we pass the Felsentor- a dramatic rock arch, shaped by the elements, an unusual karst lake. Later our trail takes us over the terrain where the African plate formerly met with the Ocean floor. We descend through the tranquil Val de Natons and continue to our destination, a high alpine farm and yurt accommodation.
Accommodation:Four bed room in a yurt (Evening meal, board & breakfast)
Lunch: Packed lunch (Purchased at guest house)
After a relaxing evening and sumptuous breakfast of local farm produce, we take a short walk down to the village of Sur. There we can take public transportation to connect with the train back to our starting destination.
Accommodation along this route has been selected for its character, traditional atmosphere and scenic location- giving you a mix of accommodation style.
Some days we are in traditional private guesthouses, and others in more rustic alpine refuges- giving you a taste of all aspects of Swiss alpine life.
Breakfast and dinners are included every day.
Parc Ela is Switzerland’s largest Nature Park. Located in the heart of Graubünden, it is made up of three languages and cultures - Romansch, German and Italian. With grand mountain peaks and vast landscapes surrounded by glaciers and mountain lakes, you get to experience wild alpine trekking. The proximity of high mountain passes Albula, Julier and Septimer Alpine passes paint a picture of the history of the nature, people and their products.
When booking a tour with 4elements it is vital that you have adequate valid travel insurance covering the activities included. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate insurances and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities. We also recommend Travel Cancellation Insurance (Reiserücktrittversicherung) in the case that you have to cancel a trip for any reason.
Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your country of residence. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter repatriation in the event of illness or injury –and covers the entire duration of your holiday. For this tour it is vital that you are covered for mountain search and rescue. One of the best offers for this is included in annual membership of the German Alpine Club Deutscher Alpenverein
If you are looking for insurance to cover a single hiking/ mountain tours (Wander- und Bergsportversicherung) or further insurances such as Travel Cancellation Insurance (Reiserücktrittversicherung), then we recommend the following provider for residents in Germany: Travel Secure
Min. 4, max. 7 participants
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