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La Plaiv (SwitzerlandMobility route 315)

Winter hiking · Engadin & St.Moritz
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  • View on the village of Zuoz
    View on the village of Zuoz
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What space. What light. What joy! The La Plaiv winter hiking trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the Engadin. Your gaze wanders across the wide open valley as the Inn river rushes past and skiers weave their way down the slopes above Zuoz.
moderate
Distance 13 km
3:30 h
150 m
210 m
1,741 m
1,627 m
The La Plaiv region comprises the north-eastern Upper Engadin between La Punt Chamuesch-ch and S-chanf. In contrast to the glamorous St.Moritz, the area is also called "the other Engadin". In addition to culture and wellness, winter sports such as winter hiking are very popular here. From the bridge over the Inn river in La Punt the trail follows the river towards Madulain, winding its way among grand Engadin and patrician houses. And it’s well worth stopping along the way to take in the views up to Piz Kesch on the left, the highest peak in the Albula Alps, at 3,418 m above sea level.Shortly before reaching Madulain, the smallest municipality in the Upper Engadin, the route crosses the Inn and follows the river bank downstream below the village. Just as in Madulain, many old and very well preserved Engadin houses can be found in the village centre of Zuoz. The typical bay windows, sgraffito decorations and alleyways invite you to explore the village. The path branches off just below the railway station and soon reaches S-chanf. This village at the threshold of the Lower Engadin has its own distinctive charm with its typical architecture and historical village setting. S-chanf lies at the gates of the Swiss National Park and the entrance to the wonderful Val Trupchun, one of the most abundant wildlife valleys anywhere in Europe. After S-chanf the valley narrows right down.Crossing the village road and under the railway tracks you reach the winter hiking trail, which leads diagonally into the forest towards Susauna. Shortly before Susauna the wide road leads you to Chapalla, a small hamlet of S-chanf. In Chapella you follow the winter hiking trail, which leads above the main road to the train station Cinuos-chel-Brail, the end point of this hike.

More information
Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Phone: +41 81 830 00 01
E-mail: allegra@engadin.ch 
Internet: www.engadin.ch

Winter hiking trail report: www.engadin.ch/en/slopes-tracks/winter-hiking-trails/ 

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Engadin St. Moritz
Update: December 22, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,741 m
Lowest point
1,627 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 7.40%Dirt road 5.11%Nature trail 12.91%Path 0.36%Road 14.16%Unknown 60.02%
Asphalt
1 km
Dirt road
0.7 km
Nature trail
1.7 km
Path
0 km
Road
1.8 km
Unknown
7.8 km
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Start

La Punt, Inn bridge (1,686 m)
Coordinates:
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2'790'589E 1'161'654N
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46.578975, 9.925430
DMS
46°34'44.3"N 9°55'31.5"E
UTM
32T 570906 5158794
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Destination

Cinuos-chel railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

La Punt - Center Sur En - God Averts - S-chanf - God Fullun - Chapella - Cinuos-chel railway station

Note

Wildlife refuge God God: December 20 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the RhB to La Punt railway station or the Engadin Bus to the bus stop La Punt Krone.

To get back, take the train from Cinuos-chel railway station or the Engadin Bus from the bus stop Cinuos-chel Brail Staziun.

Parking

Parking spaces are available near the Hotel Krone in La Punt Chamues-ch.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'790'589E 1'161'654N
DD
46.578975, 9.925430
DMS
46°34'44.3"N 9°55'31.5"E
UTM
32T 570906 5158794
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
150 m
Descent
210 m
Highest point
1,741 m
Lowest point
1,627 m
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