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VALPOSCHIAVO - UNEXPECTED NATURAL AND CULTURAL TREASURES

A hiking trip on the Via Valtellina | 4 days

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Valposchiavo is a small, fine ecosystem in itself. The absence of tourist infrastructure such as ski resorts or other attractions have early encouraged the development of a sustainable economy in connection with nature and landscape, as well as culture and traditions. Today Valposchiavo is a showcase for sustainable tourism. For this, the 100% Valposchiavo project was awarded in 2016 by the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA). Discover very special and exclusive insights into Valposchiavo on this four-day hiking tour along the Via Valtellina route.

Hike from highlight to highlight on the Via Valtellina

  • Meet Kaspar Howald, the tourism director of Valposchiavo. He will give you special insights into the valley.
  • In the glacier garden of Cavaglia and on a guided tour in the village center of Poschiavo you will learn more about the nature and history of the valley.
  • Pizzocheri are made from buckwheat flour. Learn more about the rural tradition and prepare the culinary delicacy yourself right away on a simple stove in Casa Tombé.
Technique
easy

Hiking and mountain trails, continuous path, little to moderately steep (T1-T2). Some surefootedness required.

Condition
easy

Easy - active! Ideal trekking for beginners with light effort and a sweat on the brow from time to time. Do regular sport in preparation. Hiking times up to 4 hrs, up to approx. 700 m altitude difference.

Group

6-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

12.45 Ospizio Bernina, train station (Train arrival at 12.38 Ospizio Bernina Stazione)

Departure

approx. 15.00 Poschiavo

Accommodation

(depending on the date, an alternative choice of hotel with comparable services may occur)

Note

The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH. Please note the protection concept.

Luggage transport from Ospizio Bernina to Poschiavo can be organized. Please contact us if you are interested.

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Val Poschiavo

4 days
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from 1245.- CHF
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Day 1 A first highlight awaits you right at the meeting point on the Bernina Pass. The highest station is not only the highest point of the four hiking days, but also the location of an oversized camera obscura. This camera obscura depicts the unique landscape and the fragile ecosystem in a very special way. The snapshot will put you in the mood for the coming days shortly after the welcome by the hiking guide, before you hike along the shore of Lago Bianco, on the route of the Via Valtellina, to Alp Grüm. Here, on this panoramic spot high above the Poschiavo Valley, you will spend a pleasant evening and a peaceful night. (Walking time: 2.10 h with breaks approx. 3 h, distance: 7.2 km, ascent/descent: 285/390 altitude meters).

Day 2 After a fortifying breakfast, the trail leads past the picturesque Lagh da l'Ombra to the next lower terrain terrace to Cavaglia. You will visit the Glacier Garden, which is famous for its typical alpine vegetation and rich flora, but also for the special glacier mills. The guide will tell you more about the vegetation and you will walk through the gorge path, newly created in 2021, and you will be able to admire the bizarre rock formations. Then you will reach Cadera through the sparse mountain forest and ride the Rhaetian Railway down the last meters to Poschiavo. Here the hotel "Vecchio Monastero" welcomes you, a quiet place in the middle of the village center. (Walking time: 2.30 h with breaks approx. 4 h, distance: 8.3 km, ascent/descent: 80/850 altitude meters).

Day 3 In the morning you will walk through the picturesque alleys of Borgo di Poschiavo and learn more about the cultural heritage, traditions and history of the valley on the tour. A little later you will learn more about the Pizzocheri. This culinary delicacy from Valposchiavo is made from buckwheat flour. Prepare your own lunch right away under guidance. Then take the train to Brusio and arrive by post bus to Viano, which sits on a terrace high above the main valley. With views of Lago di Poschiavo far below and the snowy peaks of the Bernina massif in the background, hike to San Romerio. The place for an overnight stay could hardly be more idyllic. The Bongulielmi family will give you a friendly welcome in the self-sufficient and therefore 100% sustainable mountain inn and prepare a delicious dinner for you, directly from the garden in front of the house. Enjoy the cozy evening and be impressed by the starry sky before you go to bed. (Walking time: 3 h with breaks approx. 5 h, distance: 6.5 km, ascent/descent: 600/100 altitude meters).

Day 4 Freshly invigorated by a typical Puschlav alpine breakfast, the trail leads you on the Via Valtellina back into the valley to Poschiavo. From the late Middle Ages until the end of the 18th century, the traditional mule route connected Upper Italy with the Lake Constance area. Particularly important was the trade of wine over the route. Back in Poschiavo, Kaspar Howald, the tourism director of the valley, will welcome you. He will give you exciting insights into the region and the 100% Valposchiavo project. Then it's time to say goodbye to this fascinating region. Compared to the muleteers in the past, you may now stretch your legs and take a comfortable train ride back to the north. (Walking time: 3.30 h with breaks approx. 5 h, distance: 10.7 km, ascent/descent: 350/1130 altitude meters)

Included
  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay: 2x hotel (basis double room), 1x mountain inn (basis multibed room), showers & WC partly on floor
  • 3x dinner (100% Valposchiavo - you will be spoiled with products from the valley)
  • 1x lunch in preparation of traditional pizzocheri
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Visit of the glacier garden
  • Village tour Valposchiavo
  • Meeting with Kaspar Howald, tourism director of Valposchiavo
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour (CHF 18.- per person, according to event calculator from myclimate)
Exclusive
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (taxi/bus) CHF 10.- (half fare)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Service fee legal travel guarantee (0.25% on offer price)

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement approx. CHF 95.-
  • 4x half board (dinner) CHF 169.-
  • Daily luggage transport from hotel to hotel approx. CHF 229.-
Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l possibly with rain cover
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
Clothing
  • 1x hardshell jacket (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x hiking pants
  • Light waterproof rain pants (e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • T-shirt or shirt
  • Underwear
  • Cap/headband and hat
  • Gloves (wind and water resistant)
  • Functional socks and spare socks
  • Hiking/mountain boots (at least ankle-high, sturdy sole)
Overnight
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • sleeping bag liner (for overnight stay in San Romerio)
  • Towel
Food
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
Various
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Thermos bottle made of unbreakable material
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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